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I’m suggesting that we start asking for a different kind of support. Let’s ask our donors for the gift of capacity. What exactly is capacity? It is impact. It is resilience. It is sustainability. It is taking the time to invest in professional development for the people in our organizations.

This year, give the gift of capacity to not-for-profit organizations.

I’m suggesting that we start asking for a different kind of support. Let’s ask our donors for the gift of capacity. What exactly is capacity? It is impact. It is resilience. It is sustainability. It is taking the time to invest in professional development for the people in our organizations.

Denise Baker, Executive Director of Vantage Point opened BOSS 2017 with a warm welcome.

Good morning everyone! Welcome to BOSS 2017! I am so delighted to see you all here at our 3rd annual BOSS conference: Building Organizational & Sector Sustainability. 

Look at all the talent in this room. More importantly – look at all the potential in this room! Imagine what our organizations can accomplish if each of us had the opportunity to more fully develop our leadership. I’ll suggest this – improved stakeholder engagement, better staff engagement and retention, superior program outcomes, and increased financial sustainability. Ultimately, we would create stronger, healthier communities. 

And what is what is required to unleash all this potential? Investment in time – we are busy and have multiple pressures and priorities. Investment in money – we are reluctant to spend money outside of critical programs or on overhead. Investment in commitment – to ongoing coaching and support and encouragement of each other. But if we made this investment, imagine what this will make possible for our sector? 

 

Not-for-profit organizations provide essential services in very complex environments and therefore require high performing staff and boards to achieve meaningful and measurable results. We need a range of core competencies to improve organizational performance – strong leaders with a strategic outlook; boards that govern wisely; and staff that are motivated and encouraged to make a career in the sector.

10 Attributes of a BOSS Board: take your not-for-profit governance to new heights by following these ten tips on areas including great meetings, decision making and strategic planning.

Here at Vantage Point, we have worked with hundreds of boards and thousands of board members. We are often asked what makes a great board and so we have developed a list to help boards fine tune their processes for greater governance success.

For some of us The Sound of Music is a favorite treat at this time of year. In many ways, Maria was like an Executive Director – overworked, making clothes out of drapes, running up and down mountains -  and all through it all remaining cheerful! She even sang about her favorite things!

I had the most delightful conversation with Dick Vollet over lunch in March. A man with an interesting career (London Drugs, VANOC, and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation), uncompromising values, and sense of humour, Dick is an inspiring leader. 

Growing up, Dick wanted to be a professional skier. His career took a different path, but Dick often draws on his experiences in sport to find parallels in his approach to leadership.  

Dick was more attracted to individual rather than team sports because individual sports demand accountability – a value that has translated well to his role as a CEO. He...

As 2013 winds down, we're reflecting on what an amazing year it has been. 

In addition to engaging hundreds of not-for-profit professionals in our learning opportunities and distributing nearly 1,000 copies of The Abundant Not-for-Profit, we also welcomed four new employees – myself included!  It’s been an inspiring and exhilarating few months of getting to know each other, planning for 2014, and of course engaging with many of you.

Thank you for being a part of our community. Whether we've connected with you as a knowledge philanthropist, a reader, a participant in a learning opportunity, a...

“Meetings with Glen always involved lots of laughs, and often, Timbits. Glen is a fantastic combination of creativity, strategic thinking and marketing acumen. We’re so lucky to have someone so talented and dynamic as part of our team.”

Glen Jessup has spent the past 10 years as “Head Marketing Guy” (and official taster!) for Sleeman Breweries. Having recently taken a career break to focus on personal development, including a search for a volunteer opportunity, Glen landed at Vantage Point from a simple Google search.

When Glen approached us with his skill set, Vantage Point was about to...

 

Leader: Jennifer Breakspear

Organization: Options for Sexual Health    

Tenure: Two years

Leadership or life motto: Make a difference

Upcoming projects/challenges:  Acquiring her Certified Association Executive designation

Anyone who spends time with Jennifer can see she is incredibly smart, is not afraid to speak her mind, and is a champion for justice and equity. Jennifer has a fascinating and diverse background, but look behind the curtains and a common theme emerges –a dedication to the dignity of humans and a passion for fighting for our rights – political, health, sexual, gender. 

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