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Spring Non-Profit and Young Professional Events posted 03/24/16

Every Tuesday this Spring:
APA Adoption Center
Tuesday Tails
10:30 am – 11 am

Every Tuesday APA Education Director Jennifer Blome and special guests host  an hour of storytime for children ages 2-5 and their parents. All are welcome, no registration necessary. Get details here. (more…)

How To Attract Corporate Sponsors posted 03/16/16

Few things cause more moans, groans, and a serious uptick in coffee runs in a non-profit office than events.  Gala, Trivia Night, what have you, the event itself can be a blast, but the weeks (sometimes even months) leading up to it can be a strain on any organization. (more…)

Setting a Timeline to Establish a Young Friends Board posted 02/24/16


Starting a Young Friends Board can seem like a tall order. And trust us, it absolutely can be. But, if you break up the process into milestones, things can be much more palatable. (more…)

Networking Tips for People Who Don’t Like Networking posted 02/15/16

There are some people that love networking. They seem to thrive off of walking through a crowded room and shaking hands. They can have the exact same conversation about the weather, 10 different times. They automatically pass out their business cards within the first ten seconds of meeting someone new.

Then there are the rest of us. (more…)

January 2016 Nonprofit and Young Professional Events posted 01/06/16

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Make the most of the New Year with a few cocktails and good company while exploring St. Louis’s vibrant nonprofit landscape. Here’s what civically minded young professionals are up to this month: (more…)

5 Tips for Successfully Soliciting Your Non-Profit Board posted 12/11/15

For many non-profits, contributions provide a significant portion of total revenue. Contributions come from many sources and one common source shared by most non-profits is their board of directors. Opinions vary regarding whether or not board members should be asked to make a financial contribution, but that’s another topic entirely. For purposes of this article, let’s assume we are planning to solicit the board. Now how should we do it?

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Launch St. Louis Announces Partnership with the APA posted 11/17/15

apa_logoOver the past couple of months, Launch St. Louis has been tackling the process of finding our next 18-Month Partnership nonprofit and let us tell you, it was no easy task. St. Louis is home to thousands of amazing nonprofits, all of which have found and tapped into a unique need in the city of St. Louis. (more…)

Why I Always Make Time For My Non-Profit Commitment posted 10/29/15

As the Associate Director of Development for the School of Engineering at Washington University, the committee chair of Launch St. Louis’ strategic growth committee, and a new mom, Jill Lewin is no stranger to being busy. In this post, Jill outlines why it’s important to stay involved.

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A Few Simple Rules for Choosing the Right Board Members posted 10/19/15

At Launch St. Louis, a huge part of what we do is recruitment – in one capacity or another. Sometimes we need to help our partner non-profit, currently the Young Friends of Brightside St. Louis, fill open board positions. Sometimes we need to recruit folks to our own board at Launch St. Louis. Sometimes we just need to add a committee member or two. (more…)

5 online marketing tools your Young Friends Board will love posted 09/29/15

Part of our job at Launch St. Louis is helping the Young Friends Boards of our partner non-profits learn how to market their organizations and events. And for that reason, our board includes a handful of marketing professionals who have used a variety of tools to do so, both in our jobs and in our non-profit work. So we thought it might be helpful to share a few of our favorites – tools we think will be useful, affordable (or free!) and easy to use. In fact, all of the below offer some kind of free or discounted version of their software for non-profits. (more…)