Inclusive Nonprofit Board Governance Project
The DTES Neighbourhood House is developing a project called Let’s Speak Up! which aims to reduce the barriers residents face when choosing to be engaged in the Board governance that impacts their community. Through dialogue, education and the commitment of local agencies we are planning to support the capacity development of already existing and potential inclusive Board composition.
Why Board Governance?
DTES neighbourhoods are facing significant pressure as Vancouver evolves. Within a climate of increasing income inequality, unaffordable housing and an opiod crisis, nonprofit and charity organizations are playing a more critical role in developing resilient communities.
Let’s Speak Up! Project Components
- Reduce poverty-based distrust
- Provide educational and engagement opportunities for community members and Boards
- Develop a Community Charter for Inclusive Board Governance
- Promote self-awareness of biases and assumptions
- Advocate for organizational, funder and governmental policy reform
Socio-economic diversity on Boards is incredibly valuable and accessible leadership and governance skill development is necessary for building connections, understanding context and strengthening confidence. Let’s Speak Up! is currently developing a series of workshops for community members looking for an opportunity to learn more about nonprofit governance in the DTES.
Inclusive Board Governance Workshop Series – WORKSHOP SERIES IS FULL
Share your experience! Learn from others! Ask questions!
Mondays from 6:00pm – 8:30pm and running from February 19 until March 26
Facilitated by Jen Guest (Nova) and Matt Campbell
Guest Speakers TBA!
Topics include but are not limited to:
- What a Board of Directors is and why we need them
- The benefits of good communication skills
- Understanding the roles and responsibilities of Directors
- How change happen in nonprofits
The ideal candidate for this series is a resident or former resident of the DTES that has the lived experience of poverty. They may or may not have been on Board or Committee before.
We want to support those who are keen to develop the skills and knowledge that will amplify their voice in this relatively formal arena. We intend to be flexible in content and meet the needs of our participants as the series moves forward.
Completion of all 6 workshops required
Dinner included (6:00 pm)
$150 bursary awarded when completed , $5 transportation honorarium, Childcare subsidy available (contact Matt ahead of time)
Inclusive Governance in the Nonprofit and Charity Sector: Panel Recap
On November 20, 2017, Let’s Speak Up! and Vancity’s SFU Office for Community Engagement hosted a panel discussion with Dean Wilson (BCCSU), Bill Walters (DiverseCity on Board), Maria Turnbull (The Vantage Point), Grace Tait (YWCA Crabtree), and Dr. Miu Chung Yan (UBC School of Social Work) about why socio-economic diversity on Boards of Directors is important for the sustainability of nonprofit organizations.
This was some of their insight:
For more information or a full transcription of the event contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org
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