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Sevetri Wilson Explains What It Took To Build Her Million-Dollar Portfolio After Losing Her 'Why' Early On

When looking at a person’s success, people often pay attention to the outcome, not the journey, but in a recent conversation, renowned entrepreneur Sevetri Wilson spoke to the climb that led to the success she’s amassed today.

Shanique Yates

Aug 9, 2023

Op-Ed: Corporate Donors Opt For Capacity-Building, Not Just Capital Donations, To Drive Racial Equity

In June 2020, financial institutions nationwide committed a record-breaking $4.2 billion to racial equity. Nonprofits directly received $300 million, representing 51% of total donation volume that month. However just six months later, funding for racial equity fell to 5% of the donation share. Now three years later, while energy has further slowed, racial justice remains a top concern across demographics. We know nonprofits steered by Black leaders and people of color are best positioned to drive racial equity. However, it’s simply not enough for corporate funders looking to affirm their values to financially empower BIPOC leaders. To properly equip nonprofit leaders, financial institutions and other corporate funders must embrace a two-pronged approach of capital and capacity building. One of the most effective interventions in capacity-building for BIPOC-led nonprofits lies in technology. Seventy-four percent of nonprofits say digital transformation is a need-to or must-have, yet...

Valentine Ollawa

Jun 22, 2023

Resilia Makes History With the Highest VC Raise by a Female-Founded Tech Firm in Louisiana

Serial entrepreneur Sevetri Wilson has made history with New Orleans tech startup, Resilia . The software as a service (SaaS) platform raised $8 million in its Series-A round of funding, making it the highest VC raised by a female-founded tech firm in Louisiana, announced Business Wire . The funding round was led by Mucker Capital and Callais Capital Management with participation by Cultivation Capital. “We spotted Resilia early-on, and have been impressed with Sevetri’s leadership and her team’s ability to identify market needs, move quickly, and expand their products to serve the complex needs of grantors and grantees,” said William Hsu, co-founder and partner at Mucker Capital, who also joined Resilia’s board. In 2016, the Louisiana-based founder created Resilia, named for resilience, to help nonprofits scale their philanthropic efforts through technology. The platform expedites the process of incorporating and applying for tax exemption. Also, it offers resources to reduce costs...

Niki McGloster

May 29, 2020

Running and Launching a NonProfit is Hard. This Founder Wants to Make it Easier

Starting a non-profit is no small feat. From gathering documents to getting IRS approval, registering your own non-profit organization can take anywhere from two to 12 months. One New Orleans-based founder wants to make the process simpler. Sevetri Wilson founded Resilia to help non-profit organizations scale financially and operationally. Plus, users can create their own nonprofits in just a few steps on the platform. Resilia was previously ExemptMeNow, a product that let users register their own nonprofit organization directly through the platform. Now the product is one of the various pieces to Resilia. Wilson began to rebrand the platform in late 2018 as the company expanded its offerings. “As we began to grow, the name [ExemptMeNow] no longer spoke to what we do and the direction we were moving in,” Wilson said. “ExemptMeNow boxed us into a product.” According to a 2018 report from the Urban Institute, more than 1 million nonprofits were registered with the IRS in 2015 and the...

Arriana McLymore

Apr 10, 2019