This month, we speak with Mark Gifford on how to successfully navigate the first 100 days of an executive director position. Listen in for pro-tips such as: bring baked goods to board meetings! Mark Gifford, Executive Director of Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, shares insights from his long career in the sector and his new adventure in the first 9 months of this role.
I was 11 years old walking around the field of our elementary school, sharing my Walkman earbuds with a friend, listening to Axl Rose telling us we “need a little patience, yeah”. I’m sure my ability to demonstrate patience wasn’t all that impressive as a pre-teen about to start high school. Today, living on an island and now in the 40+ category with two little kids – patience isn’t so much a virtue as a necessity.
Podcast host, Maria Turnbull, engaged thousands of volunteers in her 20-year not-for-profit journey, while also serving as a volunteer herself. She has often considered what impacts a volunteer’s ability – and willingness – to lead, rather than follow. For this month’s podcast, Elijah van der Giessen, NetSquared Community Organizer, and TechSoup Global Community Manager joins Maria to talk about and share effective practices that support true volunteer leadership.
With this year’s BOSS – Building Organizational and Sector Sustainability conference just 3 months away, we are talking a lot as a team about sustainability. Kylie Hutchinson, principal consultant with Community Solutions, a small Vancouver-based firm that specializes in evaluation and program sustainability planning, shares key factors that point to greater success in program sustainability in this month’s podcast. Kylie draws on the considerable research and findings she presents in her book Survive and Thrive: Three Steps to Securing Your Program's Sustainability, nominated for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s 2017 Terry McAdam Award.
Who better to provide perspective on key approaches to finding and engaging a Treasurer than a past and current Treasurer – and passionate board member – Gordon Holley, President & CEO of Humanity Financial. Leveraging his professional designations as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB), Gordon outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Treasurer and how the role intersects with book-keeping and/or Finance staff or contractors.
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!
Join guest speaker, Michael Blatchford, lawyer with Bull Housser, to dive into the topic: Board Term Limits: Friend or Foe? When I approached Michael about the possibility of bringing his expertise to this podcast, and provided him with a list of potential topics, Michael looked at today’s topic, Term Limits: Friend or Foe, and said…I’ve got a lot to say about that one!
Our Inaugural From our Vantage Point podcast
From our Vantage Point is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns...
EPISODE 2 - Walking the Tight-rope: Employee vs. Independent Contractors
For our 2nd podcast, guest speaker Gordon Holley, President & CEO of Humanity Financial Management, shares his expert perspective on the topic: Walking the Tight-rope: Employees vs. Independent Contractors. Gordon provides insights on the perceived benefit to individuals and organizations to engage in a contractor relationship, rather than as employer-employee. He then explores the potential risks an organization exposes itself to for improperly classifying people as independent contractors when they are really...
Episode 3 - Consent Agendas: Take the Spotlight Off the Boring Stuff
In our 3rd episode, I interview Vantage Point’s own Consulting Manager, Mark Friesen. Having written a blog post on the same topic a few months ago, Mark was excited to share his thoughts on the topic: Consent Agendas: Take the Spotlight Off the Boring Stuff. From Mark’s vantage point, consent agenda are a potentially powerful tool to carve our space and energy for board members to have the most engaging and relevant conversations, allowing the board to spend more time governing, rather than managing, the organization...
Episode 4 - Volunteer Recognition: Just say No to Years of Service Awards
In this month’s podcast, Carol Dixon, Director, Mission Services & Volunteer Resources at Providence Health Care, joins me to share tips and perspective on the topic: Volunteer Recognition: Just say No to Years of Service Awards.
Drawing on over 35 years in volunteer engagement (and a healthy sense-of-humour!), Carol provides us with a number of examples of high-impact volunteer recognition that won’t break the bank. From Carol’s vantage point, the key is to invest in thoughtful, individualized volunteer...