We Want You To Partner with Launch St. Louis! posted 06/23/17

31 members, an amazing signature event, and countless successful social media campaigns later, Launch’s 18-month partnership with the APA of MO (Animal Protective Association of Missouri) is coming to an end.

And what exactly is the Launch 18-month partnership? Over a year and a half, Launch St. Louis helps local non-for-profit organizations build a Young Friend’s board from the ground up. We recruit the members of the board and structure the organization in the first 6 months. Then in the final 12 months, we support with event planning, social media and mentorship.

You may be thinking “This all sounds great, but why even have a Young Friends board?” Well, here are just a few of the benefits the Young Friends of the APA board brought to their organization:

Connections with a different demographic.

Young Friends of the APA has 31 active members. Each of these young professionals spread awareness of the organization to their wider network and bring their friends along to the organization’s events.

Development of innovative ideas- particularly in event planning and social media marketing.

The Young Friends of the APA are so proficient at social media marketing that they have been asked to help on the big social media campaigns for key APA events.

Diversification of the fundraising base.

Yes, the big ticket donors are great, but through a Young Friend’s board there is the potential to raise money in fresh, new ways, like hosting the Young Friend’s signature event and collecting Young Friend’s member dues. The Young Friends of the APA raised a net income just shy of $20k in their first year.

So if you think forming a Young Friends board is the right next step for your organization, then what are you waiting for? Apply for the Launch 18-month partnership today!

New Year, New Fundraising Goals posted 01/24/17

There are few things more inspiring than the dawn of a new year.  It’s a chance to look back over the work that has been done and chart a course for the coming twelve months.  It is also the time most organizations find themselves setting their new fundraising goals.  And as exciting and motivating that process can be,  the step between setting those intentions and actually achieving them can often seem like formidable, perhaps even impassable, chasm.  With that in mind, we wanted to provide a few ideas that will hopefully get your team fired up for the new year, and maybe even make that chasm feel just a bit easier to conquer. (more…)

Things To Consider Before You Join a Young Friends Board posted 12/21/16

Coworkers discussing in meeting room

Serving on a young professionals board is an honor and an incredible opportunity. An opportunity to help an organization you believe in. An opportunity to meet new people. An opportunity to grow professionally and personally. (more…)

Introducing LaunchMe posted 11/15/16

You want to make a difference in your community, but you don’t know the first place to start. It can be a cumbersome process, involving a lot of internet searching.  First, there is the search for nonprofits that align with your interests – clicking through different websites, trying to find whether they have a Young Friends Board or specific young professional opportunities.  (more…)

Five Key Takeaways From The Launch “Gateway To The Future” Summit posted 11/14/16

More than 100 young professionals from the St. Louis area gathered at T-REX in downtown to connect with one another and learn from some of the area’s top nonprofit leaders at the 4th annual Launch “Gateway to the Future” Summit.


Why It Was Important For Me To Get Involved With the APA posted 11/07/16


Animal welfare has always been a cause close to my heart. When I was 8 years old my family moved to a small town in rural Missouri. We lived on a secluded gravel road, which was a popular spot for people to drop off their unwanted dogs. As a child, this was a new concept to me. It had never occurred to me that anyone would want to throw away or harm animals. (more…)

Jon Franko Joins Gateway to the Future posted 10/20/16

Jon is a founding partner of Gorilla 76. Jon was named to the 2010 St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 Under 30” class and was named as one of St. Louis’ “Top Young Entrepreneurs” by the Small Business Monthly. He’s a passionate Missouri Tiger and loves to spend his spare time hunting ducks and fishing for fish. Jon is a founding board member of Launch St. Louis, Friends of Clifton Park and is a former board member for Brightside St. Louis. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. (more…)

Welcome Beth Casagrand to Gateway to the Future posted 10/20/16

Beth Casagrand is the director for Youth Leadership St. Louis and Emerging Leaders at FOCUS St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that develops leadership in St. Louis. The YLSL program is an experiential leadership program for high school juniors and Emerging Leaders is aimed at young professionals. Outside of work, Beth serves on the board for Launch St. Louis, a collaboration of St. Louis’ young professionals working to fuel a stronger St. Louis charitable community by helping nonprofits build young friends groups. She also sits on the committee for the Parkway School District Governmental Affairs and is a Mosaic Ambassador. (more…)

Keisha Mabry Joins Gateway to the Future posted 10/19/16

Keisha Mabry is an author, connector, entrepreneur, humanitarian and speaker. She spends her days helping students successfully matriculate to college via text, and her nights traveling the world teaching people how to connect. Those that know her well sum her up in seven words: Olivia Pope, Dora the Explorer and Curious George. Why? Because she likes to solve problems, ask why and dress fly. (more…)

Ryan McClure Joins Gateway to the Future posted 10/18/16

Ryan McClure is the Director of Communications for CityArchRiver Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure that the Gateway Arch, its grounds, and neighboring public space and attractions will be a vital, welcoming, well-supported resource for decades to come. McClure serves as the main spokesperson for the ongoing renovation of the Arch grounds and surrounding areas. He oversees all public information about the Foundation and CityArchRiver project including messaging, media relations, social media and web development. (more…)