SVP Fast Pitch


Apply by:  Friday, October 16, 2015 at 6:00p

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Social Venture Partners is seeking Los Angeles’ most innovative and high-impact nonprofit organizations to participate in the 2016 Social Innovation Fast Pitch!

The Social Innovation Fast Pitch is a free two-month communication skills training program for nonprofits that are creating lasting social change in Greater Los Angeles. The program trains nonprofit leaders to powerfully communicate their story, and connects them with leaders in the business, philanthropic, and nonprofit communities who can help them achieve their goals. 

Leaders from 20 organizations will be selected to participate based on the degree to which their approaches to pressing issues give them a competitive advantage to significantly increase social impact.  Past participants have described the program as invaluable-- resulting in greater confidence and effectiveness when presenting, increased exposure for their organization, important new relationships, and additional support from donors and volunteers.

This year, the program culminates in the Social Innovation Fast Pitch & Showcase on March 8th at the Skirball Cultural Center.  Up to 10 finalists will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and an audience of approximately 600 philanthropic, business, civic, and nonprofit leaders,  competing to win awards totaling over $35,000.  Following the program, the showcase reception will be your chance to meet the nonprofit participants.

Past grant winners include Swipes for the Homeless, Wolf Connection, New Earth, Young Invincibles, Streetcraft LA, First Place for Youth, Los Angeles Diaper Drive, Gumball Foundation, Get on the Bus, BTS Communications, Food Forward, South Central Scholars Foundation, Girls & Gangs, Everyone Deserves a Roof, and others.

Applications must be submitted via the Fast Pitch website by Friday, October 16th at 6p.


"Thank you soooo much for all of your vision, passion and positive energy. The Fast Pitch process was amazing, challenging, supportive, educational and just plain awesome! Words cannot express how much you all helped me as a professional, as a person, and as an advocate for young people."  - Alex Atkinson, First Place for Youth, 2012 Fast Pitch Finalist

“I am 100% certain I am raising more money with my new pitch, as well as an army of passionate volunteers.”  - Karen van de Laat, Get on the Bus, 2011 Fast Pitch Finalist

“We have a clear ask and know how to make the case for support. This is due to the training, process, and experience of Fast Pitch.” – Hector LaFarga, Jr., Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center, 2013 Fast Pitch Finalist


October 16, 2015 at 6pm - 9pm
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