Congratulations to SVP Chicago’s 2017 Fast Pitch Winners:
- Judges’ First Place ($10,000) – DeAnna McLeary-Sherman, Executive Director; True Star Foundation
- Coaches’ Award ($7,500) – Wilonda Cannon, Senior Director of Development; Breakthrough Urban Ministries
- Audience Award ($2,500) – Halleemah Nash, Executive Director; iMentor
- Jasculca Terman Pro bono Service Award – Danya Rosen, Chicago Executive Director; Peer Health Exchange
- Mission+Strategy Pro bono Service Award – Halleemah Nash, Executive Director; iMentor
Class of 2017 Finalists
Judges’ First Place
True Star Foundation ($10,000)
True Star Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides a creative outlet in the form of literary and professional development programs for youth.
Breakthrough Urban Ministries ($7,500)
Breakthrough Urban Ministries partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity.
Audience Award/Mission+Strategy Pro-bono Service Award
iMentor ($2,500, plus pro bono service award valued at $5,000)
iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions.
Jasculca Terman Pro-bono Service Award
Peer Health Exchange (pro bono service award valued at $5,000)
Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions.
All Chicago unites the community and resources to provide solutions that ensure and sustain the stability of home.
Culinary Care ($1,000)
Culinary Care’s mission is to ensure no one fighting cancer ever has to struggle to get the nourishment they need to survive; it’s all about taking one thing off their plate by simply putting something on it.
Foundations of Music ($1,000)
Foundations of Music envisions a society where children of all means have access to music education and the opportunity to creatively express themselves through music; where all children are inspired to engage in their communities and realize their full potential.
Gardeneers are dedicated leaders who sustain school gardens — and empower students to enrich their knowledge of nutrition, connect with their community and become stewards of the environment.
Class of 2017 Semi-finalists
Bright Promises Foundation is one of the oldest 501c3 public charities in Illinois solely dedicated to funding innovative programs that address emerging issues for at-risk children.
The Chicago Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that provides fellow not-for-profit organizations with year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and facility and grounds maintenance. We provide tools to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Chicago area.
Founded in 2007 to aid in the fight against childhood obesity, Chicago Run is a non-profit organization aiming to impact the entire school health environment in a holistic and collaborative manner by engaging families, teachers, and school staff. Chicago Run fuses digital learning, cross-community collaboration, nutrition, and neighborhood pride into its physical activity programs, ensuring a more engaged student body.
At Citizen Schools, adolescents work side by side with experts to explore new fields, learn new skills, and build a foundation for their future.
The organization partners with low-income communities that need additional support and resources. Our program supports academic achievement in core subjects like English Language Arts and Mathematics, while building important 21st Century and Social Emotional skills through real-world learning experiences.
CALA unites lawyers and activists in a collaborative pursuit for justice by leveraging legal services to benefit the most marginalized communities and individuals.
Moneythink is an educational non-profit organization that aims to increase the financial capability of American youth by training college volunteers to serve as financial mentors for low-income high school students.
Ryan Banks Academy is an independent and coeducational college-preparatory, residential, tuition-free middle and high school that will prepare motivated students from Chicago neighborhoods to graduate from college, enter into meaningful careers, and be the catalyst to bring positive change into their communities.
The Honeycomb Project informs the next generation of leaders through the experience of family volunteering. The organization works in partnership with more than 45 organizations to develop programs that bring youth and their families together to explore the city’s neighborhoods, develop a deeper understanding of local issues and build stronger communities for all Chicagoans.