Board: Effective Governance

Blog Banner: Laptop on wooden frame, looking over blurred green, leafy background outside. Handwriting script to the left of the laptop: "On the blog..."

This blog was originally posted on the Manning Elliott website.


Charities and not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) are turning to social enterprises to supplement and diversify funding sources in response to a reduction in government funding and private donations, the effects of which has been heightened by the COVID-19 crisis. The non-profit and charity supplemental funding brings new concerns with respect to maintaining their status for tax purposes.

As mentioned in a previous article entitled Non Profit's Tax Filing Requirements, charities and NPOs have defined purposes that are different...

Blog Banner: Laptop on wooden frame, looking over blurred green, leafy background outside. Handwriting script to the left of the laptop: "On the blog..."

 

 

The most important benefit that Canadian registered charities receive is the ability to issue "official donation receipts." When a donation is made to a charity, the charity has the ability to issue a donation receipt which will be tax-deductible to the donor.

Although a charity is not legally required to issue a donation receipt, it usually does so as an incentive to donors. The charity must issue receipts with very specific information.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) suggests that registered charities issue receipts by the last day of February of the calendar year that follows the year of...

 

Forget about the funders – convince yourself first you’re worth investing in.

There’s a lot of conversation in our sector about changing the current funding paradigm that is seen as short-term, project-related, and restrictive. Important blog posts like The Ethical Argument for General Operating Funds take a stab at changing the narrative within the funding community. Here at Vantage Point, we took up the conversation through our podcast on the topic The overhead myth: Let's end it once and for all!

I can understand the focus of getting buy-in from funders. We are incensed that most funding...

In celebration of National Indigenous History Month, and as a part of our commitment to Reconciliation, Vantage Point reached out to a governance expert for her thoughts about not-for-profits and Indigenous governance.

In celebration of National Indigenous History Month, Vantage Point reached out to a governance expert for her thoughts about not-for-profits and Indigenous governance. Kinwa works as a consultant to organizations and leaders in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development, fundraising, and project management. She is also a legal researcher, policy advisor, human resource consultant, and contract manager. Kinwa is a doctoral student at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. It is an honour to have her share her thoughts with us.

We would like to introduce Alison Brewin, our next Executive Director at Vantage Point.

 

Alison Brewin has joined us as the next Executive Director of Vantage Point. To get to know Alison a bit better - we have compiled a series of questions to learn everything from her favorite books to her life motto.

Welcome to Alison, we are glad to have you on Vantage Point team!

How would you describe your leadership approach/philosophy?

Leadership is about giving hope – hope that we can succeed, hope that complex problems can be solved, hope that the world is a grand place where most people want to do the right thing. It is also about following through on promises made. I am an empathetic...

For those of us who work with not-for-profit sector organizations and their governing bodies, the same issues in not-for-profit governance seem to keep coming up year after year. That insight has caused a thoughtful sector leader to ask: “why are we doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?”

Earlier this year, the Vantage Point board confronted a challenge many organizations face: should we press forward with renewing our strategic plan, or should we hit the pause button until we have a new executive director in place? With Denise’s planned retirement on the horizon, it would have been easy for us to hit pause. After all, wouldn’t we want to wait and involve a new executive director in developing the next phase of Vantage Point’s future? And, more practically, we were already going to be dealing with an executive director succession process, did we really need to add strategic planning to our agenda?

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? 

 

Every time I facilitate a leadership governance training I go through a range of emotions. It starts with curiosity, veers into terror, and then settles into curiosity and exhilaration as I get into the room and start working with the participants. My last session working with not-for-profit board members in Kelowna was no different except that everything was amplified. 

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.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Board: Effective Governance
Free Membership Available
To support not-for-profits through the economic impacts of COVID-19, we are offering our membership for free for a limited time.

Contact

info@thevantagepoint.ca
t: 604 875 9144
f: 604 875 0710
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5

Connect

Donate to Vantage Point and transform the leadership competencies of British Columbia not-for-profit executive directors, board members, staff and volunteers

Facebook icon.Twitter icon. Twitter icon. Youtube icon.

Subscribe

Accreditation