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…)

Networking Know How posted 08/29/16

A large number of people report that networking makes them feel immoral and guilty, not to mention anxious and inept. Conversely, the majority of jobs are never advertised publicly, and it has been proven that networking leads to significant advantages in the hiring process. Because you’re likely to never outgrow its benefits, here are five tips for surviving the agony of your next networking event. (more…)

Spotlight on World Pediatric Project posted 06/27/16

With offices in St. Louis and Richmond, World Pediatric Project has been doing BIG things to fulfill their mission to heal critically ill children and build healthcare capacity in the world. 90% of the world has access to only 10% of the world’s medical resources. (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…)

Board members wanted – events, Treasurer and graphic design! posted 02/25/15

Launch St. Louis is growing and we’re actively searching for board members to accommodate our growth. While we’re interested in folks with a variety of skill sets, our immediate needs are listed below. Please contact us if you think you might be a good fit! As a heads up – this board is not a “networking board” – this requires a lot of work and commitment. But, we promise, it’s well worth it!


Launch St. Louis is looking for a couple of event gurus to join our event committee. Board member must have a minimum of two years of experience in nonprofit or corporate event planning, must attend monthly board meetings as well as event committee meetings, and will be responsible for planning and execution of our annual young professionals summit – Gateway to the Future. Additional responsibilities may include working as a mentor for our partner charity’s young friends board, volunteering at partner events and presenting at our LaunchU classroom series.

Interested? Great. Let us know.


Launch St. Louis is looking for a board member who possesses financial experience to act as our board’s Treasurer. Responsibilities include collecting board donations, creating and tracking event budgets with the events committee chair, paying event vendors as needed, filing all appropriate tax and nonprofit status paperwork throughout the year, and managing the organization’s overall budget. Board member must have a minimum of two years of experience in finance and must attend monthly board meetings.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? We want to hear from you if so!

Graphic Designer / Art Director

We’re looking for someone with a strong graphic design background and ability to think strategically. We’re looking for someone that is an art director or designer at a graphic design/marketing/advertising firm or an internal graphic designer at a corporation. Candidate must be proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) and have access to these software applications. Responsibilities include attending a monthly meeting and conceptual development and design of marketing materials. That includes items like brochures, posters, direct mailers, website graphics and other promotional materials.

Sound like you’re a fit? Contact us if you’re interested!

5 reasons young professionals are an asset to your nonprofit organization posted 11/06/14

For this post, I’m excited to introduce Ashley Holmes of The Rome Group, a nonprofit consulting group that works with organizations of all sizes to build capacity, develop resources and create exciting and actionable strategic plans that move them toward their vision. Ashley joined The Rome Group in 2014 and helps with development audits, capital campaigns and strategic planning. Ashley is a really sharp gal, and we’re excited to have her guest writing for our blog! In this post, she’s going to focus on why young people are an asset to nonprofits. Ashley, take it away… (more…)

Why a young friends group matters posted 08/15/14

In this guest blog post, I’m excited to introduce Mary Lou Green of Brightside St. Louis. They’re a St. Louis beautification group and they’re our current partner. Mary Lou is the Executive Director over at Brightside and is going to share some thoughts on why a young friends group is important to Brightside. I hope you enjoy!

Throughout Brightside’s 32-year history we have had volunteers of all ages. Young children drafted by their parents to help clean up the alley or neighborhood garden. High school and college students working with their class, club or school group have pulled weeds, picked up trash and made public spaces look better. (more…)

A few reasons why we created Launch St. Louis posted 05/29/14

Since coming back to St. Louis in 2006, after graduating without honors from the University of Vermont, I’ve been involved in a number of young professional organizations. (more…)

Nicolas Dronen on his passion: growing non-profits and Brightside St. Louis posted 04/25/14

This guest blog post is from one of the more impressive young leaders I’ve met. His name is Nicolas Dronen and already, in only his early 20s, he’s built an incredibly impressive resume. (more…)