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Stores Corner: Redeeming Vouchers Can Be an Emotional Journey 1200 628 Jill Pioter

Stores Corner: Redeeming Vouchers Can Be an Emotional Journey

By Mike McClanahan, Council of Phoenix, AZ Redeeming vouchers at SVdP stores is an important way that stores support Vincentians in their vocation of helping those in need, and every Council has different ways of doing this. Here’s one way they do it in Phoenix. “Bringing Hope Home” helps homeless families that get a new place…

The Meaning Of Good Governance 1200 628 Jill Pioter

The Meaning Of Good Governance

Good governance. What does it mean anyway? Governance means: Responsible use of assets and funds. Ensuring the group/organization is fulfilling its mission. Openly communicating with others and listening to others at all levels of the organization. Accurate recordkeeping for the benefit of the organization and those we serve. Maintaining good legal standing through compliance with…

September 29 Questions and Answers 150 150 Michelle Boyer

September 29 Questions and Answers

Q: With thousands of people facing eviction, homelessness is an increasing scenario.  Does the Society of St. Vincent de Paul have an actual definition for homelessness? A: The Society does not have a single, standard definition of ‘homelessness’. Instead, we have a Position Paper adopted by the National Council that articulates a Vincentian response to…

Governance — Do People Trust You? Advice for Building Trust and Inspiring Confidence 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

Governance — Do People Trust You? Advice for Building Trust and Inspiring Confidence

By: John R. Stoker One afternoon as I was passing through the airport on my way home, I ran into a colleague of mine, Stephen M. R. Covey, the author of the book, “The Speed of Trust.”  We stopped and exchanged a few pleasantries. I could tell that he needed to get through security, so…

09-22-2022 Questions & Answers 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

09-22-2022 Questions & Answers

Q: We recently elected a new President, and now have a new Treasurer.  The previous Treasurer did not think the Treasurer should sign checks.  She would make them out but another member, who is authorized at the bank, would sign it. The new Treasurer thinks that it is ok for him to sign checks as…

Governance — How To Avoid Confusion With Clear Communication 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

Governance — How To Avoid Confusion With Clear Communication

By: Michael S. Hyatt Under-communication is a consistent problem in nearly every business. You can solve that by taking ownership of the communication happening around you. I’ve worked with more than my share of poor communicators over the years. One was a boss who rarely shared information and never in a timely way. My office…

09-15-2022 Question and Answers 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

09-15-2022 Question and Answers

Q: We help with shoes and uniform clothing for a very poor school. We were told we shouldn’t help since we are helping a private inner-city school. Many are homeless with no shoes or winter coats. We do not assist with school tuition or any other school funding issues; we are helping the children. Is…

09-08-2022 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

09-08-2022 Questions and Answers

Q: What is national’s official position on having co-presidents within a Conference? A: The National Council’s official stand is that co-presidents in a Conference are not recommended. Too many problems occur with co-presidencies and it is difficult for Vincentian members and the National Council to know who to go to for issues and/or concerns that…

Governance: Owners and Stakeholders — Part Two 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

Governance: Owners and Stakeholders — Part Two

Last week we discussed five groups of people who should be considered stakeholders in what we do as Vincentians. Here are five additional groups: Collaborative Nonprofit Organizations Governmental Entities The Community At Large The Local Bishop (in the case of all Catholic organizations) Pastors and Clergy (in the case of any Catholic organization supported by…

Governance: Owners and Stakeholders — Part One 1200 628 Michelle Boyer

Governance: Owners and Stakeholders — Part One

The source of this article is Governance:  Council and Board, the original version of which was authored by former National Vice President Terry Wilson. Have you ever considered the audiences you have as a Vincentian and especially as a Vincentian leader? Whether you are a Conference or Council President, a member of a Board of…

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