In the early days of Venture for Canada, we invested very little in staff learning and development — most of our focus was on simply surviving.
Starting a social impact organization is not for the faint of heart and for much of the organization’s first two years of operations, we struggled to regularly make payroll. Consequently, Venture for Canada (VFC) had a minimal budget to invest in learning and development. In these early years, we were a small team of less than five people, who often did not have the time to devote significant time to learning amidst many other pressing priorities.
Flash forward four years and our priorities have shifted, with investing in learning and development much closer to the top. VFC has close to 25 employees. As part of our staff performance review process, all employees and their managers agree on annual learning goals.
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