One of our most popular blogs to date describes governance vs. operational boards. So we decided to revisit this topic.
Close to half of all not-for-profit organizations in BC consist of teams that are not compensated financially; all activities are carried out by board members and/or volunteers. When this is the case, board members will have a direct role to play in supporting the work of the organization. Since a large number of community groups are structured this way, statistically speaking, if you’re on the board of a not-for-profit in BC, chances are it’s a working board.
At Vantage Point we are advocates of skilled volunteering – which we call knowledge philanthropy. In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, we wanted to revisit what this concept means to us as an organization.
What is Knowledge Philanthropy?
Knowledge philanthropy is the intentional practice of engaging someone’s experience, skills or talent to create a better world – and it’s an incredible way to expand the capacity of not-for-profit work.
Each of our volunteers – or knowledge philanthropists – lends their skills and talents to our mission and we consider them to be truly transformative...
Last year Vantage Point turned 75 and such a milestone had us digging through our archives to find out exactly what brought us from 1943 to 2018. As it turns out the answer was women.
1943 marked a turning point for our society as we found ourselves in the middle of World War II and as men went off to war, women were called upon to roll up their sleeves and keep things running. For most women, this would have been their first time entering the workforce and once they entered, you better believe they didn’t leave.
Organizing for the war effort, the Women’s Voluntary Services was formed with the...
Recent changes to tax law and charity policy have given Canadian charities exciting new opportunities to contribute their expertise to the discussion and development of public policy.
Canadian charities have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in many important areas of public policy, from poverty reduction and education to health matters, environmental issues and much more.
Until recently, charities were limited in their ability to share their expertise with policy makers and the public. If their activities were seen as intended to affect public policy and government action, those activities...
Valley First and Vantage Point partner to enhance not-for-profit leadership and capacity building in the Okanagan.
Kelowna, B.C. – Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, and Vantage Point have partnered to expand Vantage Point’s leadership programming and services to not-for-profit organizations in Kelowna, B.C. In February, Valley First, KCR Community Resources, and Vantage Point will be holding a session focused on tools, resources and models that are driving innovation and impact in the sector.
Valley First has provided a generous contribution to enhance leadership training...
This month, Director and Founder of Intercultural Strategies, Jessie Sutherland, brings forward thoughtful practices for creating belonging and unity on our boards and in our organizations. Jessie uses the Belonging Lens theory discussed in her TEDx talk to explore strategic ways we can transform polarized positions on boards to create deeper unity through a sense of belonging.
You can follow Jessie Sutherland at @WorldviewSkills and learn more about Intercultural Strategies and check out Jessie’s TEDx talk here.
In the last blog in our not-for-profit technology series, we took a look at finding right tools for your organization. It’s always best to ask as many questions as possible to your technology vendors, to make sure you feel comfortable. Once you find the right tool – here comes the fun part. Finding the budget for it.
When you start setting a budget for your technology purchase, it’s important to be realistic. If you have the benefit of historical perspective, take a look at similar purchases in the past. Look at some of the biggest purchases that your organization has made, and...