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Fast Pitch SB



$15,000 SVP Impact Award: Keith Terry, YStrive for Youth

$10,000 Audience Award: Tyler Speier, Isla Vista Youth Projects

$5,000 Judges Award: Melissa Fontaine, Foodbank of Santa Barbara

$5,000 Sponsor Award: Sue Eisaguirre, Nature Track Foundation


Elizabeth Cordero, Lideres Campesinas

William Fiedtkou, Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy

Kristen Hoye, Friendship Center Adult Day Services

Jefferson Litten, Community Environmental Council

Eder Gaona-Macedo, Future Leaders of America, Inc. (FLA)

Sarah Rudd,  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Barbara County, a Family Service Agency

Fast pitch SB is a communications training program which Bill Gates has dubbed “a clever way to connect nonprofits and social entrepreneurs with potential funders.” SVP’s Fast Pitch SB connects nonprofit leaders with business, philanthropic, and nonprofit executives who want to help them amplify their impact. Forty (40) community members generously volunteer their enthusiasm, time and expertise as Fast Pitch SB coaches 

Through the two-month program, nonprofit participants hone their ideas and messages through peer coaching and mentoring sessions, all while building relationships and networking with potential funders, board members and supporters.

SVP Fast Pitch 2015 PSA


Calling All Nonprofits

Applications for the 2nd annual Fast Pitch SB are currently closed. If you’d like to be contacted to apply in 2016, fill out your info here.

A Selection Committee has reviewed all submissions based on community impact and lasting social change, and has invited twenty participants to the program. You can find those twenty participants here. Ten (10) finalists will present at the showcase event and be eligible for cash awards and community recognition.

For a message from our 2015 Chief Energy Officer Ernesto Paredes, click here.