SVPAZ Fast Pitch 2014

Feb 27, 2014

Nonprofit leaders know that storytelling is paramount to advancing their organization’s mission. The ability to tell potential volunteers, donors, and champions your story in a succinct and cogent manner is as invaluable as it is daunting.

But our Fast Pitch program helps select Valley nonprofits do just that during a fun-filled evening where these organizations give three-minute pitches about their work in the community.

Organizations, selected for their entrepreneurial approach to creating social change and the ability to powerfully communicate their vision, will compete for cash awards. Now in our fourth year,  Fast Pitch has attracted both a diverse group of nonprofits to compete and a steadfast pool of funders eager to help innovative groups working in the Valley.

Through an intensive two-month training on how to hone their pitch, 20 nonprofits work with SVP Partners and leaders from the community to get their story down to the length of a pop song with the ultimate goal of “pitching” to the audience at Tempe Center for the Arts on March 26.

This year our list of semifinalists is composed of organizations of varied budgets, sizes, and missions.  They include:

  • Arizona Dream Builder Foundation
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona
  • Celebrate Autism
  • Civitan Foundation
  • Daddy Read a Book
  • Diaper Bank of Central Arizona
  • Hope’s Crossing
  • Live & Give Foundation
  • Live the Solution
  • Neighbors Who Care
  • Newtown Community Development
  • Partners for Paiute
  • Phoenix Collegiate Academy
  • Project Rising
  • Ryan House
  • Spot 127
  • STEP: Student Expedition Program
  • St. Joseph the Worker
  • The Be Kind People Project

These organizations will be whittled down to eight finalist that will be on stage to compete for a number of prizes including the SVPAZ investee award which provides a multi-year grant and inclusion into the our portfolio that already includes nonprofits like Feeding Matters, Tiger Mountain Foundation, and Purple Ribbon Council, all previous Fast Pitch winners.