2018 Year-In-Review

It felt like 2018 came and went with the blink of an eye. At the end of each year, I make a ritual out of looking back at what the company has done. We do this, of course, to be able to present a quick snapshot for all of the awesome people (like you!) that follow and support out work, but also because the world moves so fast and I love being able to carve out time to soak in all of our incredible milestones.

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In closing out our 10th year of business, this feels like an extra special time to reflect on a year of hard work, especially by my wonderful team who makes everything that verynice has accomplished over the years a possibility. Without further adieu, here are 10 highlights from 2018, and 5 things to look forward to in 2019.

10 highlights from 2018

  1. Work completed for dozens of clients including the LAPD, the Social Justice Learning Institute, the American Heart Association, the California Community Foundation, the Center for Disease Control, 826 Los Angeles, and so many more.

  2. We launched Give All, a series of 9 new toolkits that have already been used by thousands of people across the globe. We’ve already started translating the toolkits into all kinds of languages to make it as accessible as possible.

  3. The team and I had 60+ workshop sessions and speaking engagements across the United States and abroad in Japan, Colombia, Argentina, Estonia, Poland, and Croatia.

  4. We hosted 4 Women’s Design Salon events in Los Angeles.

  5. Our tools and resources are now used by organizations, practitioners, and students in 130+ countries (whoa!).

  6. We further developed new ways to engage with our verynice community by establishing a private Facebook group for our network of volunteers and ambassadors, offering community workshops, and launching the first-ever Models of Impact virtual pitch competition.

  7. Our Mexico City-based partners, Socialab, facilitated the largest Models of Impact workshop in the world, with 3,000 students participating.

  8. Our team enjoyed our first-ever “Give-half” day in which we took off half of the day to volunteer and prep meals with LA Kitchen.

  9. 15 of our Los Angeles-based verynice volunteers participated in our 2018 Createathon event resulting in over $50,000 in services donated to benefit 3 local nonprofits

  10. We moved into a new office in the arts district, and celebrated 10 years of business!

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5 things to look forward to in 2019

  1. Launching a new website for verynice that will serve as a new home for our services and tools while also making it easier for others to get involved in our mission.

  2. Refining our services to focus even more closely on the skills that we have been able to provide the greatest value for our clients with.

  3. Working on kicking off our first-ever large-scale self-initiated design project to work on all year as a team.

  4. Further refining our impact models to ensure we are bringing the right services to the right people, at the right time. More on that, and other exciting changes to come.

  5. Continuing to perfect our approach to impact measurement, and making that approach transparent for all to see on our new website. Starting in 2019, we will be reporting out on our impact annually (yay, annual reports!) in order to provide you with an even more detailed snap shot into the quantitative and qualitative impact we are making across the globe.

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As you can tell, we are closing out 2018 extremely strong, with a generous #givehalf balance, and are so grateful to be able to do what we do every day.

As always, thank you for your support. As our incredible clients, friends, followers, users, and partners, you keep us going - for that, we are so appreciative. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s anything the team and I can help you with. Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Matthew Manos
Founder & Managing Director, verynice