We Just Launched an Indiegogo Campaign!

Posted June 11th, 2014 by VCIH

We are excited to announce our newly-launched fundraising campaign on the crowd-funding site, Indiegogo! Check it out at igg.me/at/VCIH and if you are able, please contribute and help us spread the word about our campaign by sharing it with your networks!

More about our campaign:

​In 2013, VCIH doubled in physical size and student capacity (we’re now at 65!)​ 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.