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Thanks to the support of Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Vantage Point will be connecting and orienting a community of trainers and consultants located in the Okanagan to develop the capacity building training for not-for-profit organizations in the region.

Over 26,000 not-for-profit organizations build and shape British Columbia every day and enable thousands of people to positively engage with their communities. The Okanagan benefits from a tremendous range of not-for-profit organizations engaging diverse individuals to enhance community assets in areas such as social services, health, recreation, sport, arts, and culture.

Through a four part blog series with Vantage Point, Keela will be providing insights on how and when to find technology that will have lasting positive impact on your organization. Stay tuned for a new blog on this topic every few months as Philip from Keela provides key insights to make strong decisions on technology for your organization.

From our Vantage Point: Podcast for not-for-profit leaders, board members, managers and staff

Philip Manzano is a seasoned technology professional with a passion for not-for-profit impact, and Head of Marketing & Communications at Keela. In this podcast, he shares his thoughts on how technology provides opportunities to small and medium-sized not-for-profits.

Vantage Point is turning 75. Well, actually, we turned 75 in May and like many people who are septuagenarians the details are a little hazy and we’ve forgotten many dates. Yet, after sifting through 75 annual reports, we’ve discovered some lost tidbits about ourselves that we thought we’d share.

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We’ve all been there… an AMAZING volunteer walks through the front door offering their support. Maybe they’re a professional videographer, or they have a PhD in your issue area, or they’re a marketing expert. So naturally they spend the next day licking envelopes – and then they stop answering your calls, never to return.

Managing volunteers is hard, especially when our organizations only offer a limited number of roles for high-skill volunteers.

From our Vantage Point: Podcast for not-for-profit leaders, board members, managers and staff

Nav Nagra, a dedicated arts sector volunteer, received an exciting opportunity her inbox – a board role with the Vancouver Art/Book Fair. She took the leap into this board position in early 2018, leveraging her passion for the sector together with her writing skills. Now 6 months into her role, Nav shares tips to find a great board role, prepare for your first board meeting, and how to contribute as a new board member.

Join Philip from Keela as he shares three critical steps to move through when determining the best technology for your not-for-profit organization.

Through a four part blog series with Vantage Point, Keela will be providing insights on how and when to find technology that will have lasting positive impact on your organization. Stay tuned for a new blog on this topic every few months as Philip from Keela provides key insights to make strong decisions on technology for your organization.

BC Employer Health Tax to include exemptions for Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations with payroll under $1.5 million

BC Employer Health Tax to include exemptions for Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations with payroll under $1.5 million. In a notice posted the first week of July 2018, the BC government announced their intention to allow a complete exemption from the Employer Health Tax (EHT) for both not-for-profit organizations and charities with a payroll below $1.5 million.

Legislation for the new tax will be put forward in the fall of 2018, and the tax will come into effect January 1, 2019. While the exemption does not apply to all organizations, it includes a majority of the 26,000 not-for-profits and charities in the province from paying the introduced EHT.

The year 1943 marks the beginning of the Central Volunteer Bureau of Vancouver, which became Volunteer Vancouver, and now Vantage Point. Fast forward to 2018 and we are incredibly excited, and humbled, to celebrate our 75th anniversary. For more than 60 years, we were a volunteer centre, focused on promoting and celebrating volunteerism and connecting volunteers to Vancouver’s ever-growing not-for-profit sector. Around the year 2002, we noticed people were becoming less and less interested in filling traditional volunteer roles. They wanted to contribute their knowledge for a finite period in exchange for a meaningful experience. Not-for-profit organizations could not find enough volunteers with the more traditional skills sets they were accustomed to, while more people were seeking meaningful opportunities that engaged their knowledge and expertise.

From our Vantage Point: Podcast for not-for-profit leaders, board members, managers and staff

Gordon Holley, President and CEO of Humanity Financial Management, brings his expertise as a CPA, CA, and Certified Professional Bookkeeper Fellow to this month’s podcast. He provides clarity on how to distinguish between financial governance, financial management, and financial reporting – and why it’s important to see the differences. Come away from this podcast with a foundational understanding of each topic, and ideas on how to strengthen each area in your organization! 

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