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…)

Four key marketing roles to fill on your young friends board posted 08/02/14

As a consulting nonprofit that helps other nonprofits build their young friends boards, we at Launch are currently in the middle of our third two-year consulting engagement. And for all three of our nonprofit partners, the marketing committee has been one of the most difficult to fill.


Starting a Young Professionals Board? Keep these tips in mind to start strong! posted 07/02/14

It’s an absolute pleasure to introduce Ann DeBerge for this Launch guest blog post. Ann is one of the most instrumental figures in the early success of Launch St. Louis, and we simply wouldn’t be where we are today without her involvement. Today, she’s in Chicago working in Alumni Relations and Development for Northwestern University School of Law. Ann, take it from here…

While I’m by no means an expert, I share this advice with the hope that it will help promote young leadership in the non-profit community. As a founding member of Launch St. Louis, and the Gilda’s Club St. Louis Young Leadership Council before that, I have a bit of knowledge on what it takes to get a young professionals board off the ground.


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…)

The impact of saying “no” posted 05/01/14

Steve Jobs once said, “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.” (more…)

So you want to start a non-profit young friends board? Learn from my mistakes! posted 04/04/14

This guest blog post is from a good friend of Launch St. Louis – Ms. Leslie Hodges.

Leslie is the Chairperson for the Young Friends of the St. Louis University Liver Center and is one of the driving forces behind their fantastic young associates board. Here are some great pointers from Leslie about what NOT to do when building a young friends board. 

I hated physics class in school, but I have to admit that Isaac Newton was probably onto something when he created his First Law of Motion – an object at rest tends to stay at rest. For many young professionals, this age-old adage is the biggest roadblock to starting a non-profit young professional (YP) group. In my case, it took us more than 10 years to get the Young Friends of the SLU Liver Center (YFSLULC) started. Luckily, Launch St. Louis provided the push we needed. Even with the help of Launch, we made plenty of mistakes. Here are a few I hope you can learn from. (more…)

The civic role of nonprofits and the need for young friends groups posted 06/05/13

With two of the top universities in the country located in St. Louis, there are thousands of young people from all over the country, and even the world, making the city their temporary homes. How do we convince those highly educated students to make St. Louis a permanent home once they graduate from student to young professional? (more…)

The must-have skills for your associate board posted 05/07/13

A new associate board is very much like a new business or nonprofit. You need the skills that allow you to serve the organization, and in your case, this means both financially and by further engaging with the community. Before hopping into the different skills you need, there are a couple of characteristics you always want from your new board members. Each person must: (more…)

5 marketing strategy tips for a non-profit associate board posted 03/07/13

Throughout the past three years, Launch has served as a consultant in building associate boards (young friends boards) for two St. Louis non-profits (Friends of Kids with Cancer and Friends of the St. Louis University Liver Center).

We’ve learned plenty in the process and want to share what has and has not been successful. If you’re unfamiliar with what an associate / young friends board is in the first place, here’s an overview of what they are and the purpose they serve.

Here are five marketing guidelines that an associate board can use to effectively promote and contribute to the mission of the parent non-profit organization. (more…)

The Purpose of a Young Friends Board posted 02/26/13

When building a Young Friends Board, a few things to consider…

A Young Friends Board is an organizational structure comprised of Young Professionals serving under the governing Board of Directors of a nonprofit. Unlike the Board of Directors, a Young Friends Board has little to no influence on the direction or the services a nonprofit may offer, but similarly, the Young Friends Board has its own checks and balances (with the Board of Directors having the final word). (more…)