Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism's 2014 Wellness Campaign
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) is an educational non-profit dedicated to inspiring a revolution in self-care and plant-based wellness, locally and nationally. We’re a small grassroots organization, founded in 2007 by a group of experienced herbalists and activists, working through collaborative leadership to change what healthcare looks like.
In 2013, VCIH doubled in physical size and student capacity (we're now at 60!) and our provision of clinical services has grown along with our expansion. As we’ve expanded and the interest in our work and demand for our services and programs has increased, so have our expenses. At the same time, we are not yet at full capacity in terms of tuition revenue, which supports the rest of our work substantially.
Since 2010, we’ve provided $204,000 worth of herbal products to our community, all at two thirds of retail cost, or below. In fact, we’ve given away $58,000 worth of herbs (an average of $15,000/year). Our apothecary provides both a direct source of herbs to our clients and a learning environment for our students. Herbs are available to clients on a sliding-scale and as gifts, when needed.
In the same period, our professional clinic has provided 1828 hours of service, while our student clinics have offered 1620 hours of service, totaling almost 3500 hours and costing us approximately $152,000 to provide. Many of our clients have taken advantage of our sliding-scale payment options to reduce their
costs, and $26,695 worth of consultation time was provided as a gift, free of charge.
Our current projected deficit for this year  is $15,000. We expect to reach our enrollment goals in 2015, while also continuing to fine-tune our systems and budget in our new space, returning us to sustainability. We are confident that we will land on solid ground, but we need a little help while we grow.
Our campaign is up and running and ready to share! You can view it/share it using the following link: http://igg.me/at/VCIH.