We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Philips and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For me, taking risks involves doing something different from the norm, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and making things happen. I am a risk-taker because I believe everything good in life comes with risk, especially in business. working with nonprofit organizations as a consultant involves a lot of expertise, creativity, and the ability to network and build relationships. If you are not able to take risks, you will not be able to meet the needs of your client. We are facing new challenges in life thanks to COVID-19; things are not the same as they were five years ago. I believe that only the risk taker will survive in business and in their career as the world emerges on a new horizon. being a migrant in the United States you are already a risk-taker, you might not be invited to the table but when you are fighting hard to get the table you will need to come with your own seat, that struggle sum up the life and career as a risk-taker for me,
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Victoria M Philips is a certified nonprofit consultant and fundraising expert. Victoria is a philanthropy strategist and self-taught software developer with over 15 years of international and US-based nonprofit management and leadership experience. As a renowned nonprofit executive and expert in digital marketing with extensive experience in philanthropic, advocacy, and civic organizations, she provides in-house and consulting services to local and global nonprofits. She is an out-of-the-box thinker who is powerful in ideating, envisioning, and creating systems. She has successfully raised funds through major gift cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, foundation research, proposal writing, special events coordination, endowment giving, and capital campaign.
I started Philips Nonprofit Consulting as a community resource to help nonprofits use social media and digital assets to raise funds from their community. The first outreach I made was an online training workshop to introduce nonprofit professionals to Giving Tuesday. In the workshop, I showed nonprofit professionals how to use Giving Tuesday to fundraise for their organizations. I later expanded my services to include other fundraising strategies and marketing. I have learned along the way, specifically, that mindset is important in everything you set out to achieve. You need to believe in yourself and set the bar higher than your expectation.
I am excited about my latest project, Nonprofit Daily News. It is the first global news site for nonprofits where you can find nonprofit blogs, news websites, youtube channels, podcasts, RSS feeds, and social sites all in one place. It uses artificial intelligence to curate news and auto-publish.also an avenue to nonprofits organization to share their stories and to talk about their success, struggles, and joy. am glad about this new venture because it is on the app right now, we are the first nonprofit news website to be on the mobile app.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite areas in San Diego is La Jolla. I love spending the day at La Jolla Shores Beach and grabbing a bite to eat at Caroline’s Seaside Cafe. The view from Mount Soledad is stunning and you can spend some time learning about US veterans at the memorial. For dinner, I like to grab a casual to-go order from Don Bravo and have a picnic at the nearby Calumet Park. Balboa Park is also a must-see if you’re visiting San Diego. It’s right in the heart of the city and full of beautiful gardens and interesting museums. Coronado is another interesting place to visit as it is home to the naval base, the famous Hotel Del Coronado, and nice beaches.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out to the International Affairs Board of San Diego for their tremendous effort and contribution toward a more global San Diego. I would also like to shout out to my team at Nonprofit Daily News.