Capacity Cohorts

Is your organization looking for a refresh? Capacity Cohorts are in-depth and long-term programs for not-for-profits looking to increase their organizational capacity. Organizations are guided through a detailed self-assessment and the creation of a capacity enhancement plan which prepares the organization to transition through key organizational development stages. Based on the lifecycles approach from the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute, Capacity Cohorts support not-for-profits to take concrete steps toward developing stronger governance, management, administrative systems, financial resources, and programs.

All Capacity Cohorts:

  • Provide a new tool for holistic assessment and planning tailored to each participant's lifecycle
  • Provide common language about the capacity and elements of organizational health which become embedded in the community vocabulary
  • Build local expertise in lifecycle consulting and management
  • Strengthen key partners in support of mission sustainability

Upcoming Cohorts

Due to COVID19 the BESTI Program is rescheduled to launch June 2021. Please review the new dates below and updated program guide. Thank you!

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BESTI: Building Excellence and Sustainability Together Intensive

BESTI is a 12-month cohort for not-for-profits in the Central Okanagan, jointly offered by the Central Okanagan Foundation, Valley First, City of Kelowna, Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute, and Vantage Point.


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To learn more about BESTI and before applying, please review the accessible PDF: BESTI Program Guide. 

Application for Organizations

Organizations which meet the minimum criteria are invited to apply:

  1. Review minimum criteria on the form page
  2. Complete the application form (April 16, 2021)
  3. Submit required attachments (April 16, 2021) to
    • List of Board of Directors
    • Organization chart/staff roles
    • Most recently completed financial review or audit
    • Current financial statements

Application for Consultants

Consultants who meet the minimum criteria are invited to apply:

  1. Review minimum criteria on the form page
  2. Complete the Expression of Interest (April 2, 2021)
  3. Submit required documents (April 2, 2021) to
  • Resume
  • Reference


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Valley First logo     Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute logo

Previous Cohorts

City of Vancouver Cultural Services Arts Capacity Program (2017-2019)

If you are interested in the Capacity Cohorts, please contact us.
Contact: Maria Turnbull
Associate Executive Director
(604) 637-8288

t: 604 875 9144**
f: 604 875 0710
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5

**Please note: During COVID-19 the Vantage Point team is working from home. Contact information for workshops can be found on event pages, or find a list of our staff contact info here.


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