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Tips for Starting a Nonprofit

Posted by Trevecca on May 16, 2017 4:41:38 PM

Because of our university mission to provide education for leadership and service, many Trevecca alumni start and manage nonprofit organizations. We recently talked with Emerald Mitchell (Ed.D. ’16), the founder and director of Moves and Grooves, Inc., a Nashville-based organization committed to enhancing the lives of at-risk youth through arts and education. She offered a few tips for anyone looking to make a difference through a nonprofit startup of their own.

Do your research first.

Starting a nonprofit is no simple matter. As the founder and director, you’ll need to be the one who can effectively communicate the vision and goals of your mission. Find out if there are other organizations in the community that are trying to fill the same need as your nonprofit. Most of all, make sure you have a solid business plan and educate yourself about available grants.

Find great mentors.

“Find great mentors who have a similar agency to what you’re looking to create,” Mitchell advises. A good mentor would have nonprofit experience to guide you in your mission. Look for resources in your community from nonprofit learning or management centers to local colleges with nonprofit experts. Your mentor isn’t your boss, but rather someone who can offer advice and solutions he or she has found to work in similar situations.

Surround yourself with positive people.

“I know when I started Moves and Grooves, I think people were skeptical,” Mitchell remembers. “How are you going to live? How are you going to make money?” She warns that some community members may not know much about how nonprofits work and stresses that it will be your job to educate them. Mitchell suggests finding people who share your vision and want to join you in making it a reality.

Roll up your sleeves and do some meaningful work.

“Get ready because it’s a lot of work,” Mitchell says. Starting a nonprofit isn’t easy. You’ll have to think creatively, overcome obstacles and make quick decisions. The founder is also responsible for sharing the vision of the nonprofit and inviting others to join you, so you’ll need to clearly articulate the mission, purpose and goals of your startup. With a small staff, you’ll do most—if not all—of the work of running the organization. Make sure to keep the purpose and goals of your nonprofit in mind. Knowing why you’re doing all the work will keep you going when it seems difficult.

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Q&A with Michelle Younkman

Posted by Trevecca on May 16, 2017 3:54:51 PM

Radio has traditionally played a large role in getting music to our ears. So we talked with Michelle Younkman, executive director of Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) about the changing industry.

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Alumni advice for indie artists

Posted by Timbre Cierpke (’05) on May 11, 2017 4:57:47 PM

We recently talked with Timbre Cierpke (’05) about her experience as an indie musician in Nashville for an article in the Treveccan. During our conversation, Cierpke offered some advice for other indie artists who want to be faithful to their craft and make a living doing what they love. Here’s what she had to say.

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Three steps to setting up a scholarship at Trevecca

Posted by Don Hastings on May 11, 2017 4:27:31 PM

As the director of planned giving and senior stewardship officer in Trevecca’s Office of External Relations, I often get asked about the process of setting up a scholarship. It’s actually as easy as 1-2-3!

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How a degree really does help you achieve your goals

Posted by Trevecca on May 10, 2017 3:43:43 PM

Earning a degree takes time, effort and focus. Yet while some may say it isn’t worth all the time and expense or that degree really doesn’t make a difference, studies—and graduates—say otherwise.

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Dear freshmen: Advice from a 2017 graduate

Posted by Hannah Pollok on May 8, 2017 3:40:56 PM

As graduation approaches, all graduating seniors can agree that it is hard to believe that these four years have gone by so quickly. Our time at Trevecca is coming to an end, and we would like to pass on some helpful tips and advice to the freshmen and underclassmen that we are leaving behind. Here are five things that members of Trevecca’s Class of 2017 want incoming freshmen to know.

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Take it in: Advice for graduation day from a 2016 grad

Posted by Jessy Anne Walters on May 5, 2017 5:45:33 PM

Hair flying, heels left behind, cap falling off and bare feet moving as fast as I could make them across the fresh cut grass of the Quad. This was me, last year, the morning of graduation. 

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Tips to plan your graduation weekend in Nashville

Posted by Jessy Anne Walters on May 5, 2017 2:25:45 PM

Trevecca’s graduation is set for tomorrow. While you’re excited to see your favorite student walk across the stage and receive their hard-earned degree, you may also be wondering what else you can plan to do while you’re in Nashville.

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Top 3 ways to stay connected to your university

Posted by Finley Knowles on May 3, 2017 7:13:06 PM

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Want to complete your degree? Advice from a 2017 graduate

Posted by Erica T. Holmes '17 on Apr 29, 2017 9:56:35 PM

With Trevecca’s 116th Commencement Convocation just a week away, the Class of 2017 is busy preparing for the big day. Erica T. Holmes will earn her bachelor’s in health care administration from Trevecca’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies on May 6. She'll be one of three graduates speaking during the ceremony. 

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