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Modeled on venture capital funding competitions, Fast Pitch helps organizations define their impact, powerfully communicate their vision, and raise more funds as a result.

2016 Application Information

In 2015, we are moving our application period from the Summer to the Fall.  Applications will open in September 2015, with the program taking place in the first quarter of 2016. Make sure you are signed up for our newsletter to receive all our updates!


Eligibility Information

Nonprofit organization – Applicants must submit their designation from the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization or proof of fiscal sponsorship if selected. Individuals are not eligible.
Location – Nonprofits must have significant operations in and impact benefitting residents of L.A. County.  Organizations may be based outside of Los Angeles but preference will be given to organizations that are headquartered here.
Presenter – Individuals presenting on behalf of their organization must hold the title of Executive Director, CEO, Founder, Chief Development Officer or equivalent and should have at least six (6) months of tenure with the organization. Presenters should work or live in L.A. County in order to utilize the coaching resources available to them.
Size – There are no restrictions based on organizational size, budget or age of organization.
Cost – There is no fee to participate in the program or for finalists who present at the event.
Alumni – Prior applicants who were not selected may reapply; but organizations and/or individuals who previously participated in any portion of the coaching process are not eligible to apply.


Participation Requirements

  • Presenters must attend the following sessions:
    • Initial Presentation Workshop
    • Three (3) Group Coaching Sessions PLUS one (1) final Coaching Session if chosen as a finalist
  • In order to benefit from the program, participants should plan to spend a minimum of 3 hours a week working on their pitch outside of the group sessions.  Many past participants reported spending significantly more time.
  • Utilize the group coaching sessions and coaches assigned to mentor you to produce a crisp, engaging three-minute presentation of the organization’s mission, distinctive approach, impact and “the ask”.
  • Be open to advice and coaching by business and community leaders.
  • Understand that a good pitch is about more than just asking for money and be able to articulate how people can help the organization through volunteering, making connections, or providing other in-kind support.


Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for applying organizations:

  • 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 is exciting and inspiring.


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