Introducing The Strategic Nonprofit podcast where we discuss all things related to Not-For-Profit Organizations. In our monthly episodes we cover everything from Board Governance, strategic planning, recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers, increasing membership, fundraising, advocacy issues, conflict of interest guidelines, board-staff relations, how to take effective minutes, how to run productive meetings, board appraisals, staff appraisals and software to help run your NPO.

You’ll be hearing success stories from fellow Executive Directors and Board Members from Organizations across North America. Hosted by Tom Abbott and Trista McIver from AMC NPO Solutions, a leading governance and strategic planning provider to NPOs across Canada since 1987.

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This podcast is about all things about the NPO sector. So if you’re a volunteer or you’re a paid staff member, if you had any interest at all in the not-for-profit sector, this is the podcast for you. We’re going to cover everything from governance, strategic planning, recruitment and retention, member recruitment and retention.

Fundraising, advocacy issues, conflict of interest guidelines, board staff relations, how to take effective minutes, how to run effective meetings, board appraisal, staff appraisals, you name it everyone. It’s Tom Abbott here managing director of AMC NPO solutions. Hi, I’m Justin MacGyver. I’m the program advisor here at AMC MPO solutions.

And we are so excited to have you here on the inaugural episode. The first episode of the. And PO podcast and we thought there’d be no better way to kick things off then for you guys to learn a little bit more about, who we are, who’s the team here at AMC and PO solution. So Trista over to you.

Oh, thanks, Tom. Yeah. So I’ve been in the not-for-profit industry for. Probably about 20 years or so working with childcare’s a one daycare I was working with. I was the manager as well as support for the board. and I’ve known Tom for over 20 years. And when, he and his wife, Elaine approached me to work with the team as a program advisor, I was very happy to be able to continue my work with the not-for-profits. Yeah. Tom, can you tell our audience a little bit more about, what AMS, like who we are and what we do? Yeah. my father actually founded this company, at the time association management consultants. Hence the AMC.

He started this business in 1987, for the simple purpose of helping boards with. Strategic planning and governance. So all things around managing their organizations and setting the course and planning ahead. so my dad got Parkinson’s is some of you may know about, 12 years ago and pulled himself out of the business and my wife and I decided to step in and try to help out.

So we’d been taking care of things and, Elena’s the director of operations and I’m the managing director. So we’ve been able to keep my dad’s legacy alive and really serve the community that we’ve been serving since 1987. So I’m really excited to be a part of the NPO community and making a big difference.

Great. So what could you tell me is the mission. Our mission is pretty simple. It’s really to help, boards and staff come together, quite often there’s conflict or confusion about roles and responses, ability. Who’s supposed to do what who’s superior, who subordinate, but we really believe that, they’re equal and they all have a part to play, but they need to, and their roles compliment each other.

Our mission really is to bring boards and staff closer together, help them with governance and strategic planning so that they can better serve their communities and their members and reach their goals. That’s awesome. So what is this podcast all about? This podcast is about all things about the NPO sector.

So if you’re a volunteer or you’re a paid staff member, if you had any interest at all in the, not for profit sector, this is the podcast for you. We’re going to cover everything from governance, strategic planning, recruitment and retention, member recruitment and retention, fundraising, advocacy issues, conflict of interest guidelines, board staff relations, how to take effective minutes, how to run effective meetings, board appraisals, staff appraisals, you name it.

Committee structures, everything. whatever you want to know about the not-for-profit sector, you’ll find it here on this podcast. So who do we have coming up next? We’ve got Brenda Southern. She’s the executive officer for the real estate Institute of British Columbia. And she’s going to be sharing.

What’s working well with her board as far as governance and some pitfalls that you need to watch out for, with your board. And then we’ve also got a good friend of mine, a dear old friend, Ken bell. Who’s a pastor, and he’s been working with the boards of churches for the last 30 years. So he’s going to be sharing, some of the successes.

Failures that he’s seen, not only with his experience, but also some other boards and how churches are different from other volunteer boards. So that’s really exciting. I can’t wait. So we have some great stuff coming up for you guys and look forward to having you join us on the podcast.

Take care guys.

About Tom (TJ) Abbott

Tom (TJ) Abbott, CSP is the Managing Director of AMC NPO Solutions and an authority on Governance. He has over 25 years experience as CEO, President and board director of several not-for-profit organizations. Tom has also spoken in over 20 countries.