What Does it Take to Participate in Fast Pitch?

Sep 8, 2014

Have you considered participating in Fast Pitch?  With the opening day for applications quickly approaching (September 15th, 2014), it is important to know the basics to participate.

Selection Criteria:

  • Must be designated as a 501(c)3 charitable organization;
  • Must be located in or have significant operations in Maricopa County;
  • No restrictions based on organizational size, budget or age of organization;
  • Prior Fast Pitch finalists are not eligible to apply;
  • There is no cost to participate in the program.

Applications are rated based on:

  • Social Problem – It is understood what social problem this organization is trying to solve, why they do what they do, and who is affected by their work.
  • Organization and Programs – Clearly articulates what the organization does and how they do it.
  • Innovation  The approach to solving the social problem is novel or unique. The innovation leads to more dramatic long-term results than other, more conventional models or practices.
  • Potential for significant societal impact – The organization addresses the root of the problem rather than only the symptoms. Metrics are being used to assess long-term outcomes, not just outputs or activities.  Organization shows signs that progress has been made towards goals.
  • Wow! Factor – The organization’s idea/program presented is exciting and inspiring

To see what we’re looking for in action, check out the playlist of our 8 finalists from Fast Pitch 2014!



To learn more about Fast Pitch, visit our Fast Pitch page.