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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.

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A description of the new, temporary response program for not-for-profits in BC facing challenges due to COVID-19.

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The Honourable William Francis Morneau
Department of Finance Canada
90 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
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Vancouver, BC, April 8, 2020

Subject: Make the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Immediately Available to All Charities and Community Not-for-Profits

I am writing this on behalf of Vantage Point, a BC-based charity which works to support other not-for-profits throughout the province. We request the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy be made immediately available to all charities and not-for-profits, rather than requiring not-for-profits prove a 30% revenue loss to be eligible.

The Canadian Centre...

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The Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia
Office of the Premier
Premier and President of the Executive Council
West Annex Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC
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Victoria, BC., March 24, 2020

Subject: Ensuring Not-for-Profits and Charities are Included in COVID-19 Relief Plans and Funding

BC's not-for-profit and charitable sector is actively supporting the Government of British Columbia, businesses, and the public during the COVID-19 crisis. The vital work our sector exists to accomplish - from supporting people with addictions and overdose prevention services, to supporting...

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

Jennifer Wolowic of SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Alisha Masongsong from Exchange Inner City are on the podcast this month to talk about democratic engagement.

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Keeping our workplaces and communities safe...

On the heels of our recent bulletin regarding COVID-19, we want to provide a more in-depth resource guide for BC not-for-profits. For context, we were fortunate to have an online discussion in one of our working groups, “Decent Work in the Sector”, where we talked about the many ways in which this virus affects us in the workplace, specifically in not-for-profits – especially with anxieties looming around reliable funding.

We really appreciated being able to convene and connect over video chat, and just share concerns and strategize together on...

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*This bulletin, originally published March 13, 2020, was last edited on March 18, 2020.


Dear Reader,

As Vantage Point is a space primarily used for convening and group learning, we want to reach out to you amidst the most recent updates on COVID-19. We understand there are a lot of mixed feelings about this outbreak. The bottom line is we want to make sure everyone is - and feels - safe, so we have begun important conversations with our Staff and Board to determine our plans for the coming months.

As of March 16, 2020, a few workshops and labs have been cancelled while others will be offered...

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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...

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