Congratulations to the
5th Annual SVP Chicago
Fast Pitch Showcase Winners
Eight nonprofit leaders took the stage on May 18, 2021, for SVP Chicago’s 5th Annual Fast Pitch showcase. More than 330 people joined the live-stream event to cheer on the pitchers and help choose the top three prize winners by audience vote.
Congratulations to our 2020/21 winners:
Judges’ Award ($10,000) – Monica Beckford Curry, Greenhouse Scholars
Coaches’ Award ($7,500) – Andrew DeMuro, Guitars Over Guns
Audience Award ($5,000) – Britney Robbins, The Gray Matter Experience
Class of 2020/21 Finalists
Judges Award ($10,000):
Monica Beckford Curry, Greenhouse Scholars
Greenhouse Scholars is a diverse community of leaders using education to transform underserved communities in our backyard and around the world. We empower promising young students with the personal, professional, and financial resources they need to create lasting change in their own lives and the lives of others, regardless of circumstances.
Coaches Award ($7,500):
Andrew DeMuro, Guitars Over Guns
Guitars Over Guns is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers students from our most vulnerable communities a powerful combination of music education and mentorship with professional musicians to help them overcome hardship, find their voice and reach their potential as tomorrow’s leaders.
Audience Award ($5,000):
Bevon Joseph, Greenwood Project
Since its inception in 2016, Greenwood Project has exposed high achieving students from Chicago’s south and west sides to career opportunities within the financial industry. The number of participating firms helping to support this initiative has grown each year and Greenwood students continue to be converted from interns to full-time employees.
All eight finalist made powerful pitches, including:
- Quilen Blackwell, Chicago Eco House
- Debra Gittler, ConTextos
- Dan Hostetler, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center
- Juliet Sorensen, Injustice Watch
- Ed Stellon, Heartland Alliance Health
Fast Pitch is a free two-month communication skills building program and competition for innovative nonprofits in Greater Chicagoland. The program helps nonprofit leaders hone their messaging and connects them with leaders of the business and civic communities who can help them create significant community impact.
Thank you to our generous sponsors for helping to make this program possible.