The new and updated Societies Act came into effect November 28, 2016 and governs how societies (not-for-profit organizations) are created and run in B.C. The new Act provides clarity, additional flexibility, and some new obligations for societies in areas such as record keeping, director requirements, and membership rules for different types of societies (ordinary societies and member-funded societies).
As part of the transition to the new Act, every not-for-profit society in BC was required to file a Transition Application by November 28, 2018.
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.
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...
In January 2018, the federal government created a Senate Committee with the express purpose to examine the impact of the charitable and not-for-profit sector and the rules that govern it.
The committee is currently accepting written submissions and is also administering an electronic survey until November 2, 2018 at midnight.
We strongly encourage all not-for-profits and charities to provide feedback to the committee. The committee has a broad mandate, and is examining a whole range of topics related to not-for-profits and charitable organizations, including:
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.
Serving on a board should be fun and engaging. At Vantage Point we’re passionate advocates for governance that goes beyond oversight. With a focus on impact, there are some great practices organizations can use to support meaningful governance. In our work we often come across organizations that have developed or adopted unique governance practices that are aligned with their values.
More and more, BC not-for-profit organizations are looking to make a greater impact through their boards. Some groups want to go beyond the typical governance practices - such as monthly meetings, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the implied expectation that directors are fiscal managers. Recently, a group reached out to Vantage Point to ask how they could support and reflect indigenous cultural practices at the board level. There is also a rising awareness to support and reflect the diversity of our communities in our boards.
Imagine a community service organization with no explicit policy manual on customer communications. Yet somehow, whenever the phone rings or someone walks in the front door, whichever staff member is in the office stops what they’re doing to provide immediate assistance, regardless of that person’s role in the organization. How does this happen? How does a particular pattern of behaviour become consistent across a diverse team?
Taking the time to update or develop your organization’s strategic plan can often feel daunting. There are, however, numerous benefits to having a current and clear strategic plan for your organization. Whether you do a quick refresh session or undertake a comprehensive review – here are some of the benefits we hear from organization’s that take the time to develop or renew their plan.
Let’s face it – you and the rest of your staff are rock stars. If you’re anything like most not-for-profits in BC, you deliver an incredible array of programs and services relative to the resources at your disposal. In this environment not-for-profit staff teams excel at program delivery, partnerships, and adjusting the services they provide to the community on a regular basis. This strength, however, can also present a challenge. When does your staff team have an opportunity to develop their personal leadership skills?