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Didn’t have a chance to donate at Fast Pitch?
Donations for our 2017 nonprofit participants are open through April 7!

Click the GiveSmart button below to be directed to the pledge website.


Fast Pitch is the premier nonprofit and social entrepreneur pitch competition in the Valley. This unique initiative is a two-month communication skills building and competition for innovative ventures in Maricopa County. Fast Pitch equips innovators to effectively communicate their story and connects them with business and community leaders who help them create significant impact. The competition culminates in an entertaining and spectacular evening that sees the greater Phoenix community rally to support social ventures poised to make a huge splash in the Valley.

Congratulations! 2017 Fast Pitch winners:

  • $25,000 SVP Innovator Award awarded to Labor’s Community Service Agency and Stephen Sparks, who was chosen by a panel of Partners from the SVPAZ network for the innovation and repeatability of the SHIFT program. Stephen and LCSA also receive three years of SVPAZ Partner time and talent to support capacity building.
  • $10,000 Judge’s Choice Award awarded to Kelsey Pinckney, Program Coordinator at Read Better Be Better, who was chosen by the panel of community judges during the showcase event. Judge Jenny Poon, of Co+Hoots proudly announced the award, calling Kelsey a fellow nerd and book-loving sister.
  • $7,500 KIITA Award: In Inuit, KIITA means “Get up and Go!” This year, Jason Moore with Northbridge College Success Program compelled KIITA Foundation members to get up and give them money. In a surprise, on-the-spot announcement, Partner Amy Armstrong and Next Generation Partner Emily Armstrong donated an additional $2,500 to Ryan Lay with Skate After School.
  • $5,000 Jaburg Wilk “Making Tomorrow Better Today” Award went to Kelsey Pinckney, Program Coordinator at Read Better Be Better, for their work in literacy at the critical third grade level. This is the inaugural award for Jaburg Wilk and Partner Gary Jaburg shared his belief that education and literacy is the foundation of lifelong success, which influenced his selection of RBBB.
  • $2,500 ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Award was awarded to Melanie Isaacs of Pal Experiences for their work in accessibility for children and families with autism.
  • $2,500 People’s Choice Award: After the presenters con­cluded their pitches, the audience texted their votes for Shelia Iyengar of The Nagi Foundation. The Nagi Foundation works with children and animals – a winning combination – as noted by one of the judges last night.
  • $1,500 Don Keuth Mentor’s Choice Award went to Melanie Isaacs of Pal Experiences. She was selected by the 60+ mentors who participated in the program this year. The award is in honor of long-time Fast Pitch mentor and friend of SVPAZ, Don Keuth, who passed away in January.
  • $2,000 Student Innovator Award was awarded to Joshua Smith, an ASU student and CEO of Fortunes Financial. Fortune’s Financial is a software-based education tool that teaches college students how to manage their money.
  • $5,000 Social Enterprise Award was awarded to Jacob Hamman, co-founder of Zenjoi, a social enterprise tackling the quality of life for those inflicted by Alzheimer’s.


SVPAZ congratulates all 25 organizations who participated in the 2017 program. Any of the 23 Fast Pitch Innovators and SVPAZ can receive a dollar-for-dollar match, up to a $10,000 combined total when you donate to one of these amazing organizations. Donations can be made via the GiveSmart app until Friday, April 7.

SVPAZ is excited to announce our 2017 finalists:

1. Arizona Coalition for Military Families
2. Labor’s Community Service Agency
3. The Nagi Foundation
4. NorthBridge College Success Program
5. Pal Experiences
6. Read Better Be Better
7. Skate After School
8. Zenjoi – For-profit
9. Fortunes Financial – ASU student

SVPAZ 2017 semifinalists:


For Profit Innovators

Arizona State University Changemakers Challenge Student Innovators

    • Fortunes Financial
    • Korwave
    • Parent Check In/Check Out




 2016 Fast Pitch Award Winners!

SVP Arizona Award – $25,000,  ONe TRUe LOVe, Krysten Aldridge

 Judge’s Choice Award – $10,000,  Homeless ID Project, Steven Stivers

Kiita “Get Up and Go” Award – $7,500, ResilientMe, Naketa Ross

 ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Award – $2,500, ONe TRUe LOVe

Mentor’s Choice Award – $2,500, ResilientMe

Peoples’ Choice Award – $2,500, Homeless ID Project

 Student Innovation Award – $2,000, Literacy For All, Earl Aguilera

SVP Fast Pitch Arizona is…

a free two-month communication skills building program and competition for innovative nonprofits in Maricopa County. The premier nonprofit pitch program in the Valley, Fast Pitch equips nonprofit leaders to effectively communicate their story and connects them with business and community leaders who help them create significant impact.

SVPAZ sincerely thanks all of our participants, mentors, and sponsors who have made this inspiring evening possible!

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More videos can be found on our YouTube channel


Ready…Set…Pitch! Can you change the world in 180 seconds? Learn more about the program, whether your organization is eligible, and how you can apply to participate.


Fast Pitch is not possible without the financial contributions of our generous sponsors, who are some of Arizona’s most forward-thinking corporations, foundations and individuals.

If you are interested in sponsoring this high-profile and high-impact event, please contact SVP Arizona’s staff, Terri Wogan or Sentari Minor

Thank you to our 2016 SVP Fast Pitch Arizona sponsors! We couldn’t host such an inspiring event without your support!


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