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Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 28 September 2017 09:00:01PM 0 points [-]

It sounds like you are doing great work. Congratulations on everything you've accomplished.

You've probably thought about this already, but have you thought much about leveraging the popularity of your large events to increase attendance at your small events? (E.g. encouraging attendees to the large events to sign up for a mailing list where the small events are advertised.)

An idea for seeding new Envision chapters is to get people who are starting new chapters to precommit to weekly Skype calls so you can keep them inspired and figure out where they're failing. Or more broadly, do some case studies of campus student organizations that have successfully seeded chapters in lots of different schools, and try to figure out what they're doing right.

For what it's worth, I think I would relax the conditions for the case where your endowment gets donated away. I can easily imagine you guys missing just 1 or 2 of the criteria you specified and still being an effective organization. Of course you'll have to talk to your funders about that.