Last month marked the three-year anniversary of the launch of Equal Rights Institute. It’s been a fantastic year.
We spoke to 4,250 people in 34 speeches and one all-day seminar. (We rarely do seminars now that the course is out. Now we encourage groups to get the course and then consider flying one of us out for Q&A and roleplay exercises.)
We also published 13 new articles to our blog, which were read by 27,791 people, mainly visiting our site from America, Russia, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and Australia!
To put those numbers in perspective, we gave about twice as many speeches and spoke to about twice as many people as we had the year before, while we cut our article publishing in more than half while finishing course production and moving. Thanks to our growth in other areas, our blog traffic per article has grown since the last year, so we didn’t see very much of a dip in blog traffic at all.
Here are a few of my favorite memories from the last year:
Releasing the Equipped for Life Course after six months of shooting, editing, and website building.
Moving to Charlotte and getting our new office set up.
Giving two lectures at both of Students for Life’s national conferences.
Creating two podcasts with Tim. The Equipped for Life Podcast is a part of the course and is a long roundtable discussion format, while the public ERI Podcast has live speech and Q&A audio, ERI updates and audio versions of our articles.
Incoming staff person Rachel Crawford graduating and beginning her support raising process before her support letters even arrived! Our week with her this spring was awesome, where we did an outreach day, recorded seven podcast episodes, and did a lot of brainstorming on future projects.
Speaking at FRC headquarters.
Publishing more sidewalk counseling training content from Jacob Nels. We’re now working on a new module for the Equipped for Life course on Jacob’s methods of sidewalk counseling that he has seen to be the most effective.
Lastly, and I don’t have a good picture for this, but this year we finally hit my goal of bringing in monthly contributions that match or beat our monthly expenses! We’re in a healthy financial position without ever having done one fundraising event. I’m ridiculously grateful to our faithful supporters that have taken this journey with us. My fundraising goal is now to get to a place where it’s prudent for us to rent a medium-sized office as we grow our staff.