By reading The Abundant Not-for-Profit, you've joined a movement of innovative not-for-profit leaders across North America who are reinventing their organizations and blazing a new path to abundance.
After working with not-for-profit leaders for over 70 years, we know every organization has a unique history, mission, culture and structure.
Your next steps will be equally unique. From organizational culture to planning, from good governance to excellent people processes, there are dozens of ways to begin building an abundant not-for-profit.
It’s time to challenge conventional thinking in our sector. It’s time to engage the abundance of talented people that are willing – even yearning – to contribute to our organizations, if only we can realize how to work with them effectively.
It’s time to stop bemoaning our lack of resources and...
Just over seven days ago, we invited not-for-profit leaders across North America into a conversation about not-for-profit abundance.
After two years of research, writing and editing, it was a little nerve-wracking to finally release The Abundant Not-for-Profit into the world. We hoped the message would resonate. We hoped it would spark your imagination. We hoped you might share it with others.
Today, we want to say a huge thank you.
Thank you for downloading the book, for reading it, for sending us your positive feedback – and for spreading the word.
“Charlene is thoughtful, and has a solid understanding of the not-for-profit sector. Her passion for collaborative environments and ability to synthesize complex information are what excite me most about welcoming her to our team of facilitators.”
When Charlene Dy Syyong stumbled across the role description for Vantage Point’s Customized Board Governance Facilitator, she couldn’t believe a volunteer position could encapsulate so many of her favourite things. “I have personal expertise in board governance and I really feel I come alive when I facilitate. I wanted to do more facilitation and...
This week’s question comes from Sarah in Vancouver. She asks, “I’m intrigued by the concept of knowledge philanthropy. However, I feel a little concerned that it’s another way of using people for free labour.”
Thanks for the honest question, Sarah. We acknowledge that there is a real problem in the not-for-profit sector of people being underpaid and undervalued for their contributions. To be very clear, knowledge philanthropy is not about exploiting people in the name of ‘meaning’. Nor do we consider volunteers ‘free labour’.
Imagine if we could harness ALL the passion and talent of people in our city and put it to work for our shared causes. It would be a game-changer. Watch my keynote speech from NetSquared Vancouver's Digital Non-Profit Conference to hear real-life examples of how organizations are dreaming, scheming and working to create the future we all want.
I'd like to begin by recognizing what we have in common.
Everyone in this room is working to create positive change. Some of you are connecting and inspiring people through the arts, others through sports and recreation. You are increasing food security...
This week’s question comes from Joel in Calgary. He asks, “Our managers and supervisors are already running as fast as they can. They can’t take on one more thing, and you’re talking about a complete cultural shift. How do we find the time?”
This may be the most common question we’re asked by people who are intrigued by the concept of an abundant not-for-profit.
Joel is right. Building a people lens culture isn’t an overnight process. In fact, it took us about ten years! (Though we didn’t know where we were going, so we hope we can save you a few years). Engaging and...
One of the first emails we received was from Jennifer in Toronto, who asked:
“How can volunteers act as agents of innovation in not-for-profit organizations? And conversely, what practices can not-for-profit organizations adopt to allow innovation to happen?”
We love to see people connecting the dots between volunteers and innovation. Almost every week, talented people approach our organization looking to become involved. Just yesterday we connected with someone whose resume listed technical expertise...