September 2014

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I’m fairly new to the not-for-profit sector. It’s been one year since I started as executive director at Vantage Point. As a newcomer I would like to share my perspective on what I have seen and learned about the sector over that time. I hope it sparks all of us to evaluate where we are as leaders and what all of this might mean to our organizations and community.   

To be frank, my first year in the sector has held many surprises. I’ve been surprised by the sophistication and incredible impact of the many not-for-profit organizations that breathe life into our communities. Also, I’ve been...


The urbane and sophisticated exterior of Richard Newirth masks a truly warm and funny man, one whose passion for the arts and the value it adds to the fabric of our community shines through. 

Richard was born in New York City, attended university in New England, and got his MBA from Berkeley. He wanted to be an actor -- he did some acting in college -- and then had a choice of an MFA and an MBA. The MBA won, but he took every course offered on not-for-profit management. Before coming to Vancouver, Richard spent 12 years as  Director of the San Francisco Arts Commission  where he learned the...

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