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When it comes to organizational planning and change leadership efforts, a recent personal experience highlighted the value of the philosophy we put forward in our book The Abundant Not-for-Profit. The book centres on the idea that a clear and compelling mission, and a focus on attracting passionate, skilled people to contribute unique skills, provides access to an abundance of resources and skills to get the job done. As I discovered recently, groups looking to initiate or launch new change leadership efforts by focusing on resources other than people (like money) too soon can actually derail or inhibit the transition from an idea to a start-up!

new Societies Act for British Columbia not-for-profit societies transitioning timeline

With the knowledge that most aspects of the new Societies Act will come into force as of Nov 28, 2016, Vantage Point decided to move quickly to look at our current bylaws and constitution, in order to put forward revised bylaws and constitution for member approval at our AGM in April, 2016. We are excited to share our journey with you as we understand the anxiety that preparing for the new Act brings to all of us! As a starting point, I share the key phases and associated processes that Vantage Point identified for how to tackle a review of current bylaws and constitution, to ultimately ensure compliance with the new Act.

the journey towards an abundant not-for-profit

Three years ago we published our second book, The Abundant Not-for-Profit, and issued a call to action to the not-for-profit sector: Focus on abundance, not scarcity. How did we frame abundance at that time? Through the lens of people. The world is full of experienced and talented people who care about community and are willing to donate their time and talent. Engage those people in meaningful ways throughout all levels of your organization and you will increase your capacity to achieve your mission. We are proud of the book and its role in sharing the message of abundance and knowledge philanthropy with thousands of people.

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

As we launch our Year of Abundance, I invited Stacy Ashton, Executive Director of Community Volunteer Connections, to explore the topic: Abundance in the Not-for-Profit Sector: A Powerful Paradox. Together we explore what “abundance” looks like in the context of the not-for-profit sector – and what it makes possible to nurture a culture of abundance over scarcity. Stacy shares how she brings abundance thinking to her diverse community roles, through both a belief that the resources required to effect positive change will come together and an understanding that it’s not all up to her!

The Leaders' Corner with James Temple, PwC Canada

The first time I met James was at his PWC office in Toronto 2 years ago. I was new to my role, new to the sector, and new to fund development. I admit I was a bit nervous; I had only met a few funders - how would I relay our mission and the impact our organization has in our community? I came away from that meeting so impressed with James and his obvious passion for his role in supporting capacity building in not-for-profit leadership. (And he gave me a nice box of chocolates!)

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

This month’s podcast guest, Kathi Irvine, gets out her dance shoes to walk us through the steps of Mastering the Governance Foxtrot: Effective Board/ED Relations. Kathi is a long-time knowledge philanthropist here at Vantage Point and a skilled consultant and facilitator. She is Co-Founding Partner of Watershed Organizational Development Group Inc., where she supports for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with…


TV showrunner Shonda Rhimes recently spoke at the TED conference here in Vancouver, sharing insights from her Year of Yes. If you missed her talk, she’s also chronicled her experience in a bestselling book -- relaying her journey of saying yes to everything that scared her, and overcoming the debilitating fear that limited her life. 

Fear is a powerful emotion many of us in the not-for-profit space can relate to. But often our fear is rooted in a different place. Our fear is not of taking on new projects or being open to the world, but a fear of saying no. 

Deep down, the very concept of ‘no...


Michael Anhorn is a warm person with a reputation for collaboration and sharing. He grew up in Penzance, Saskatchewan, a small farming community, and realized early on that a career as a farmer was not for him. After university, Michael began a Masters of Divinity at Queens Theological College, but did not complete it. Instead, he realized he could fight for the causes that he is passionate about – social justice, inclusion, and social housing – within the not-for-profit sector. Over the years, Michael has held a variety of roles in government and the not-for-profit sector, giving him a broad...

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

Gordon Holley, CEO of Humanity Financial Management joins me this month to contribute to Imagine Canada’s national efforts to put the “overhead myth” to rest. Gordon highlights recent studies that indicate strong investment in overhead will drive greater positive change in our communities. These studies directly contradict the perspective that many funders and donors continue to have that organizations should seek to spend less on overhead and more on programs and projects. Gordon offers key tips on what we can each do as leaders in the sector to end the overhead myth, once and for all!

BC not-for-profit new societies act announcement and resources

It’s official. The new Societies Act comes into force on November 28, 2016. 

The new legislation addresses many of the common complaints of the current BC Society Act and introduces changes to allow societies to operate more effectively while simultaneously protecting public interest. Some of the changes include:

  • Qualifications of Directors
  • Member-Funded Societies
  • Senior Managers
  • Reporting on Remuneration of Directors, Employees and Contractors
  • Unalterable Provisions and Special Resolutions
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Borrowing and Issuance of Securities
  • Electronic Filings

With many of these...


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