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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.

Are you looking for in-depth advisory or consulting services to guide your organization through significant growth, change, or transition? Do you feel your organization has unrealized potential? Capacity Lab is the perfect program to take a close look at your organization and make an action plan to effectively move through transitions.

Capacity Lab is a blend of in-class learning and expert consulting. Our not-for-profit clients have seen tremendous benefits through this guided self-assessment process. Members of our consulting team will work with you to build a capacity enhancement plan for your organization.

What is Capacity?

We define capacity as the health of your organization in five areas: programs, governance, financial resources, management, and administrative systems.

Is this the right program for my organization?

In this program you will examine each of these categories for your 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 or programs
  • Facing an upcoming transition
  • Seeking expert guidance to get your organization on track

How it Works

The Capacity Lab is a six-month guided self-assessment process for 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 a different staff or board member each session. When you register, you will be asked to provide two names. Please provide the names of the two people who will attend the first session.

Two participants per organization:

ED Board Member or Senior Staff

Application Deadline: January 13, 2021 at 4 pm PT (newly extended)

2021 Program Schedule

January 20, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm | Introduction to Lifecycles
February 17, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm | Programs
March 10, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm | Management
April 7, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm | Governance
May 5, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm | Financial Resources
June 2, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm | Administrative Systems
June 30, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm | Review Self-Assessment Process and Capacity Improvement Planning

Location: Online / Virtual
Cost: $2,675 (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
  • Outline realistic steps your organization can take to build capacity in governance, management, financial resources and/or administrative systems

What you will accomplish

Through the seven-day process, participating organizations will:

  • Understand the seven stages of your organization’s lifecycle
  • Assess the five areas of your organizational capacity (programs, management, governance, systems, and financial resources)
  • Get clarity on your organizational development activities that offer the greatest impact
  • Develop a detailed organizational capacity improvement plan

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

Samantha Kannegieter
Education & Projects Coordinator
(604) 637-8293


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

Application Deadline
January 13, 2021 at 4 pm PT

Location: Online / Virtual

Fee: $2,675 (for two participants)

2021 Program Schedule

January 20, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm
February 17, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm
March 10, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm
April 7, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm
May 5, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm
June 2, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm
June 30, 2021 | 9:30 am - 3 pm


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Maria Turnbull

After working in London and completing her MBA at INSEAD in France and Singapore, Maria Turnbull joined Vantage Point's team in 2006. Rooted in the not-for-profit sector through numerous leadership roles with the British and Canadian Red Cross Societeis. OXFAM and Amnesty international, Maria loves collaborating and exploring partnerships in her role as Associate Executive Director at Vantage Point. Sher strongly believes that the greates potential citizens have for positive change in the community is through the not-for-profit sector. Maria has settled on Bowen Island with her husband and two little boys. When she isn't travelling or motorcycling around town, Maria relaxes by skiing, hiking and sailing with her family. Ask Maria about innovative partnership opportunities or how to make an investment in Vantage Point's mission.

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