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Cynder Sinclair: The Key to Moving Your Nonprofit from Scarcity to Abundance

August 20, 2013
Noozhawk, Santa Barbara

Is your nonprofit constantly looking for more money to do its good work? Do you have enough employees to get all your work done? Would you say your nonprofit has abundant resources to accomplish its mission? The answer might surprise you — you may have hidden resources. 

I recently read the e-book The Abundant Not-For-Profit by Colleen Kelly and Lynda Gerty. Their organization, Vantage Point, has discovered hidden resources that will not only create abundance for nonprofits but...

From our “vantage point,” leadership is an endlessly fascinating topic. We’re excited to launch The Leaders Corner, a new blog feature that will introduce you to a different leader each month to hear their perspective on leadership and their own leadership journey.

In our first post, we start with our own leader, Denise Baker.

Leader: Denise Baker

Title and Organization: Executive Director, Vantage Point

Tenure: 8 months

Leadership or life motto: Every one of us is a leader.

Not to sound like a cliché, but leadership is a journey – I believe that we are constantly developing ourselves as human...

A few weeks ago, one of Vantage Point’s fabulous board members asked us to weigh in on a Nonprofit Quarterly article titled “What’s an Hour of Volunteer Work Worth?” The article cites Independent Sector’s latest annual calculation that deems an hour of an average volunteer’s time to be worth $22.14.

While it may appear to be a clean and simple way to communicate the ‘worth’ of volunteers, here are five reasons I’d like to scrap this method of valuing our volunteers.

1.    It emphasizes quantity over quality. The article states the median time contribution of volunteers is “only 50” hours. In my...

In 1994, world-renowned Encyclopedia Britannica released Encarta, the first internet-based version of their encyclopedia, accessible for a fee. Built with a team of paid researchers, and with the support of expensive retrieval software, Encyclopedia Britannica amassed over 300 million characters of text and 2,000 illustrations.

In 2001, Wikipedia was founded as a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to provide a free, open-source, collaborative encyclopedia. The creators invited any user who visited the site to contribute their knowledge as editors of its entries. By June 2012, Wikipedia...

For the 140 of you who joined us for Fierce Conversations in Not-for-Profit Organizations: Leaders Forum 2012 last week, THANK YOU. We’re thrilled you chose to spend your morning with us and Halley Bock, President and CEO of Fierce, Inc., and hope you came away feeling inspired to lead some Fierce Conversations of your own.

Check out the recap here from our very own participants.

A theme of the morning was that as a sector, we certainly are unique – both in our challenges, but also our opportunities. 

We are often challenged by a condition of scarcity thinking – “there isn’t enough money...

Today's guest post comes to us from Jaime at Fierce, Inc. We are thrilled to welcome Fierce to Vancouver for Leaders Forum 2012, being held October 18 at the SFU Segal Graduate School. Stay tuned for more information. We'll let you know as soon as tickets are on sale.

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“Employees aren’t interested in being treated as cogs in the machine. Employees want to have their hands on the steering wheel and have a clear understanding of their role in the big picture.” -Fierce CEO, Halley Bock

We’ve all heard the horror stories. The tales of employees who go to work each day, who log their time, keep...

As a fairly recent addition to the Vantage Point team, I remember the recruitment process vividly. And naturally, the things that most stumped me at the time are some of the most memorable. During my interview I was asked, “Imagine you bought a bookshelf from IKEA. How would you go about putting it together? What if there were no instructions?”

 My first inclination was to say I would dive right in and just get it done. That’s what potential employers are looking for, right? Someone who can get things done. 

Now, four months in to my work at Vantage Point, I look back on that question through A...

By Jennifer Carreiro, Customer Relations Specialist & Guest Contrbutor Erik Talkin, Executive Director, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

At Vantage Point, we're all about leadership. It's front and centre in our mission, and we’ve been thinking lately about how effective we are at communicating our culture of leadership to those we engage as internal and external talent. So, when we came across a post on this topic from our friends at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, we had to share. This excerpt from the Foodbank of Santa Barbara's blog is a letter their executive director, Erik...

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