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 nonprofit 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
- Provide educational and engagement opportunities for community members and board members
- 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 and committees is incredibly valuable and accessible leadership and governance skill development is necessary for building connections, understanding context and strengthening confidence. Let’s Speak Up! recently concluded a series of workshops for community members looking for an opportunity to learn. Participants spent 12 hours over 6 days enhancing their understanding of nonprofit board governance in the DTES.
Inclusive Board Governance Workshop Series
- Dinner from Potluck Catering
- Guest Speakers
- Speaking in Groups
- Defining Key Terms
- Understanding the value of Diversity, Inclusion and Democracy
- 10 Basic Responsibilities for Nonprofit Boards
- Nonprofit Lifecycles
- Mission and Vision Statements
- Leadership Principles
- Identifying passion
- Bursaries for completion
- and more…
This is what former participants said when asked about the value of the workshops:
“Varied and valid and valuable perspectives from a diverse, savvy group of community members sharing their thoughts – truly a community with a big heart.”
“I learned that more people care than I originally believed.”
“Friendship, connections and knowledge was a bonus.”
“Participants are well engaged.”
“Gaining familiarity with boards and that it was accessible to me.”
“Learning about Leaders vs Managers.”
“Speakers, Food, Money, people coming together.”
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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