Culture: People First

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Maria speaks to enhancing organizational capacity to encorporate equity & inclusion values and practices, and welcomes Dorla Tune to the team in this blog.

BC Budget Consultation Report

In this bulletin, we review of the report on the Budget 2021 Consultation and its implications for BC's not-for-profit sector.

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The Government of BC has asked for feedback on their discussion paper, BC’s Recovery from COVID-19This is a great opportunity to influence BC's recovery. We are sharing some resources for not-for-profits who would like to provide input. Vantage Point sent the letter below to provide our input on the importance of investing in not-for-profits for the recovery. The deadline to for input is Tuesday, July 21, at 4pm.
 
Ways you can provide input:

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We are joining colleagues across Canada to emphasize the urgency of a federal proposal to support and strengthen charities and nonprofits across the country.

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Mebrat Beyene, Executive Director of WISH Drop-in Centre Society, earlier this month, and am happy to be able to share with you what I learned throughout our conversation. We talked about the challenges residents of the Downtown Eastside and the organizations supporting them face, and the incredible work they are doing to find solutions. Below is a condensed version of the interview; I invite you to find the full version at the bottom of this page if you would like to know more about this important perspective on a core community in the Vancouver area.


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Vantage Point exists to lift and support not-for-profits across the province. When COVID-19 hit, we immediately reignited our core purpose - to convene, connect, and equip not-for-profit leaders. We saw our history of providing training and one-on-one support in governance, planning, HR, and leadership was needed more than ever.

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In BC, as in the rest of Canada, charitable and not-for-profit organizations are currently seeing an increased demand for their services, increased operating costs, and have lost major sources of revenue. We employ over 86,000 people across the province. We also contribute up to $6.69 billion in programs and services per year. Beyond the essential services and support we provide for our most vulnerable, our sector is also a critical engine of economic prosperity and jobs.

BC Budget Consultation Report

This year was Vantage Point's first time attending the BC Budget Lock-up on February 18, 2020. Budget Lock-up is the day when the provincial government announces the budget and highlights key spending decisions to stakeholders and media. Omar Dominguez, Director of Government Relations & Sector Development, attended the proceedings.

In June 2019 Vantage Point made a submission to the BC Budget consultation process. You can read the submission here.

The BC Budget is out and the consensus across many stakeholders is this is a cautious budget which stays the course in the current government...

 

Vantage Point is often engaged to facilitate board and staff team efforts to develop organizational or team values. We deeply believe in the impact that clear and aligned values have on driving high performing teams, ultimately generating more mission impact. Though the creation of shared team values is essential, an equally important next step is to determine how to effectively "implement" or "embed" the values across the team or organization.

When the Vantage Point staff faced this very challenge, I did some research on our staff Pro-D Day and came across lots of interesting ways to...

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Vantage Point began its career as a volunteer centre. In recent years we have relied heavily on our online posting service, Go Volunteer, to play the role of connecting individuals to organizations hoping to engage people to deliver their mission. As we clean out our storage room in anticipation of some possible renos to the office we have uncovered some fabulous tidbits of our history. This history reminds us that personal connection is still deeply important, even in the days of ‘surely there is an app for that?’

Take young Linda Johnson. In 1967, she was a sixteen-year-old student at the...

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