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Clare's Kathy Barnett Leadership Grant helped SSISC grow

Clare's Kathy Barnett Leadership Grant helped SSISC grow

Being a non-profit manager means being a master of all disciplines and taking on tasks you may never have imagined for yourself.

Before taking the role as Executive Director of the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council (SSISC), Clare Greenberg worked as a biologist. At SSISC Clare found herself having to be a Jill-of-all-trades, responsible for budgeting, financial management, policies, grant writing, working with a volunteer board, and event planning. That’s a lot of scope!

With a Kathy Barnett Leadership Grant, Clare completed a comprehensive array of courses provided by Charity Village on non-profit management.

Clare’s learning lead to an overhaul of the budget reporting, making her reports easier to understand and she also fine-tuned cash flow predictions to plan ahead and ensure all expenses can be covered. SSICS now has a contingency fund policy which will make the organization more financially secure.

The courses also helped her proposal writing skills, helping her to secure grants, build relationships with funders and foster new partnerships for SSISC.

From a course called ‘Boards that work’ Clare learned tips on making board meetings more efficient and effective, and SSISC was able to move from monthly to quarterly board meetings.

Before completing these courses, I felt a little inexperienced in some aspects of my job, and was craving some professional development in areas like budgeting and policy writing. Thanks to the Community Foundation of Whistler’s Kathy Barnett Grant, I was able to receive training in 13 different aspects of non-profit management, increasing not only my knowledge and ability to manage a non-profit organisation, but also my confidence in doing so.”

Awarding the Kathy Barnett Leadership grant to Clare was well timed. In 2014 the Community Foundation of Whistler began supporting the work of SSISC with significant Environmental Legacy Grants to conduct invasive species monitoring, control and public education in the community. SSISC was able to rapidly grow and deliver fantastic community programming.

While funding is important to their ability to generate impact, the strength of SSISC is also due to the dedication of Clare who learned the skills she needed to rise to the challenge when the Foundation asked her “What could SSISC do to address the invasive species problem if we gave you more support?”

SSICS now has 445 members and works in cooperation with governments, industry, and residents to stop the spread of invasive plants and animals through a strategic inventory and control program, horticultural training and certification program, and widespread community education and outreach program.

Posted by on Saturday, February 18, 2017 for Whistler Foundation