In April 2016 we launched Vantage Point’s Year of Abundance. We reflected on what we believe an abundant not-for-profit can look like, and created the set of practical tools for organizations to use in their journey towards abundance. How do we define abundance? Abundance is a culture of confidence and possibility with a belief that openness to new ideas and diverse resources will enable organizations to achieve transformational change. Abundance is not a destination or a management philosophy but a reflection of what we do in our organizations, and how we do it.
As a primary tool of communicating impact, your annual report tells an important story about your organization: who you are, what you value, how you impact the community, and who contributes to your success. So, it can serve you well to highlight the role of volunteers in your annual report.
What opportunities lay ahead for emerging leaders in the not-for-profit sector? That depends... The Ontario Nonprofit Network describes the situation as such: “The nonprofit sector can be a great place to work. It often provides employees with the opportunity to be a part of an inspiring cause. But, for many “early career” employees, those who are post-secondary students, recent graduates, and seeking or working in their first jobs, obtaining meaningful and sustainable employment within the nonprofit sector can actually be quite difficult.”
I was invited to speak on CBC’s BC Almanac today in response to the state of volunteering in Canada. I thought I would share some of the concepts that we gathered in preparing for the interview. Tell me what you think!
Statistics Canada releases new study on volunteerism
The headline some will take away from the study is that 66% of Canadians cite lack of time as a reason for not volunteering. But this statistic misses the bigger picture. Looking at the numbers another way, there’s a different story: The proportion of Canadians who volunteer has held steady at 44%. So, accounting...
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.
In May 2014, I hopped a province. I relocated to Vancouver from Edmonton eager to bring my experience as a community builder, board member, volunteer and executive director to a new city, role and organization. And, wow, I am excited to join Vantage Point as the new(ish) Director of Learning – I joined this passionate team in October.
Immersing myself in my previous roles was an intensive, hands-on way to learn about the complex day-to-day necessities of leading a not-for-profit organization. Yet, like many others there were times when I struggled. What were others expecting of me when I was...