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Build the capacity of your organization

Your organization is capable of amazing things. Let us support you to achieve your full potential.

Organizations are like people. They move through different stages of development. Every stage is part of a normal process - complete with unique benefits and challenges.

Capacity Lab is the perfect program to take a close look at your organization and understand how to effectively move forward and manage transitions.

Whether you’re part of a brand new start-up or a well-known mature organization – understanding your organization’s lifecycle stage will transform your understanding of how to lead your organization.

Equipped with this knowledge, you can build plans and processes that will set your organization up for success.

Is this the right program for my organization?

Capacity Lab gives you clarity on the best way to move your organization forward. If you are looking to tackle roadblocks and create a path to greater impact – this is the program for you.

You and your organization are an ideal candidate if you are:

  • Eager to invest in your organization’s strength and sustainability
  • Experiencing growing pains and increased demand for services
  • Facing an upcoming transition
  • Asking any of the following questions:
    • How can we diversify our financial resources?
    • There is so much to do, where do we invest our time?
    • How do we keep our staff and board engaged and motivated?
    • How can we make our administrative systems more efficient?
    • What strategies can we use to manage transitions happening in our organization?
    • How do we remain relevant to the clients we serve as we mature as an organization?

How it Works

The Capacity Lab is a seven-month learning series for senior staff (executive directors, CEOs, general managers, etc.) and not-for-profit board members.

Each session will have two spaces for your organization to attend. We recommend having your Executive Director fill one spot for the entire program and the second spot can be alternated with different staff or board member each session.

ED Board Member or Senior Staff

Application Deadline: July 31, 2019 at 4 pm PT

2019 Program Schedule

October 7, 2019 | 9 am - 4 pm | Introduction to Lifecycles
October 31, 2019 | 9 am - 4 pm | Programs
November 21, 2019 | 9 am - 4 pm | Management
January 23, 2020 | 9 am - 4 pm | Governance
February 20, 2020 | 9 am - 4 pm | Financial Resources
March 19, 2020 | 9 am - 4 pm | Administrative Systems
April 23, 2020 | 9 am - 4pm | Review Self-Assessment Process and Capacity Improvement Planning

Facilitator: TBD
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: $2500 (for two participants)

How will my organization benefit?

You and your organization will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify transition stages that may be causing pressure and how to move through them
  • Understand how your current challenges and opportunities are part of a normal progression
  • Complete a comprehensive self-assessment to identify your organization’s current lifecycle stage
  • Develop a detailed organizational capacity improvement plan to outlines realistic steps your organization can take to build capacity in governance, management, financial resources and/or administrative systems

What you will learn

Through the seven-day learning series, participating organizations will learn how to:

  • Understand the seven stages of your organization’s lifecycle
  • Assess the five areas of your organizational capacity (programs, management, governance, systems, and financial resources)
  • Improve your mission impact and program delivery
  • Get clarity on your organizational development activities that offer the greatest impact

Program Topics

Topics of each of the seven full-day learning session.

1) Introduction to Nonprofit Lifecycles, 2) Programs, Management, 3) Governance, 4) Financial resources, 5) Administrative systems, 6) Review Capacity Improvement Plans

This program is created in partnership with Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute, founded by Susan Kenny Stevens an internationally-recognized consultant, author and lecturer on management, financial, and organizational issues pertaining to philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector.

Understand your not-for-profit journey to reach greater organizational capacity and mission impact.

Capacity Lab   Capacity Lab

Rachelle Smalldon
Client Relations Coordinator
(604) 637-8290
rsmalldon@thevantagepoint.ca

 


City of Vancouver Grantee Organizations can apply for an Executive Lab bursary via the program's application form. Candidates will be selected by a panel according to specific criteria.

Understand your not-for-profit journey to reach greater organizational capacity and mission impact.

Capacity Lab

Capacity Lab

Application Deadline
July 31, 2019 at 4 pm PT

Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

Fee: $2500 (for two participants)

2019 Program Schedule

October 7, 2019 | 9 am - 4 pm
October 31, 2019 | 9 am - 4 pm
November 21, 2019 | 9 am - 4 pm
January 23, 2020 | 9 am - 4 pm
February 20, 2020 | 9 am - 4 pm
March 19, 2020 | 9 am - 4 pm
April 23, 2020 | 9 am - 4 pm

Facilitators

T.B.D.

Contact

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

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