30 April 2012
Toronto, ON – Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits (Endeavour) is a registered charity that offers management consulting to non-profit groups that cannot afford professional consulting. Last year alone, Endeavour provided nearly $1 million in consulting services. As outlined in their 2010-2011 annual report “Stepping Up” released today, this brings Endeavour’s total consulting services provided to over $3.5 million.
Over the past year, the organization has experienced tremendous growth. The Endeavour team formally secured charitable status, completed a 3-year strategic planning process, and implemented a new organizational structure to build capacity for future growth. Achieving these milestones has helped Endeavour step up its game and make it better equipped to deal with the growing demand for its services. Alex Gill, a member of the Board of Directors believes Endeavour is indispensable when it comes to dealing with two strategic challenges faced by Ontario. “We do a great service to non-profits that can’t afford professional consulting, helping them get to the next level. And in an era where there are fewer and fewer volunteers and their average age is increasing, we offer a great way for younger people to engage in the non-profit sector.”
The non-profit groups that solicited Endeavour’s help have also been able to move their organizations forward and reach new heights. Over the past year, Endeavour served over ten nonprofit clients, ranging from social justice and advocacy groups such as Freeing the Human Spirit to professional associations such as Public Affairs Association of Canada. David Walsh, Director of Seeds of Hope Foundation remarked, “The Endeavour process was a catalyst to raising the bar of discussion to a higher level than would have been possible otherwise.” International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT)’s Tullia Marcolongo, Programs and Development, also found working with Endeavour invaluable: “The engagement gave us new ideas on how to streamline programs to better serve our donors and member doctors… It was refreshing to work with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team who genuinely wanted to find solutions to our challenges.”
Delivering high impact results to clients comes naturally with highly skilled and energetic volunteers. Over the past year, more than 80 volunteers helped clients navigate and overcome their strategic and operational issues. Godfrey Edwards, who served as an Engagement Manager for Meal Exchange, welcomed the opportunity to expand his skill set all the while making a positive impact. “I chose to volunteer with Endeavour in 2008 after viewing and being impressed with Endeavour’s operational structure, calibre of leadership/volunteers and testimonies of personal and professional growth from past volunteers. Being an Engagement Manager enabled me to utilize and improve skills that I did not always use daily on my job.”
The many milestones Endeavour has reached in the past year will help the organization make a stronger and lasting impact in the years to come. Most importantly, Endeavour will be able to continue helping non-profits improve their performance and social impact.
The 2010-2011 Annual Report “Stepping Up” is available at: http://www.endeavourvolunteer.ca/annualreport
To learn more about Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits (Endeavour), please visit www.endeavourvolunteer.ca
For more information, please contact:
Andrea Wong, President
Endeavour Volunteer for Non-Profits