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Thank You for Your Support of Our Fast Pitch Showcase!

Our 2022 Fast Pitch showcase was the best yet! Over 350 people attended our hybrid event on May 12 from 6:00-8:30pm to cheer on our nine incredible nonprofit leaders. We were so proud to shine a spotlight on the critical work that each of these nonprofits is doing in our communities every day to change the narrative in our city. 

Our presenters raised $48k in donations for their organizations during the event, on top of the $27k in grants from SVP and $65k in pro bono service awards, for a total of $140k

This year, we gave out two awards to two of our nonprofit leaders: the Audience Choice Award, who was chosen for best pitch by the showcase attendees, and the Spirit of Fast Pitch Award, who was selected by the participating nonprofit leaders. We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the awards were:

Michelle Chellee Rashad, Imagine Englewood if…/We Grow Chicago – Audience Choice Award
Dion Dawson, Dion’s Chicago Dream – Spirit of Fast Pitch Award

If you are interested in watching the full event, click on this link to the recording of the livestream. To watch individual videos of our nonprofit presenters, please see below.


Class of 2022 (In order of Appearance) 

Olatunji Oboi Reed, The Equiticity Racial Equity Movement

Equitcity Racial Equity Movement is a racial equity movement working to improve the lives of Black, Brown and Indigenous people of color by harnessing collective power through programming and advocating for racial equity, increased mobility, and racial justice across the U.S.



Priya Shah, The Simple Good

The Simple Good works to connect the meaning of good from around the world to empower youth to become positive activists through art and discussion. Through mindfulness and social emotional learning (SEL) based art programming and public art projects, their mission is to transcend the message that no matter where you go in the world, good means the same to all of us and that is what connects us as human beings.


Michelle Chellee Rashad, Imagine Englewood if…We Grow Chicago

Imagine Englewood if… and We Grow Chicago are working to strengthen and empower the Greater Englewood community through teaching local youth and their families healthy living, environmental awareness, and positive communications skills.


Susan Garcia Trieschmann, Curt’s Cafe

Curt’s Cafe works to improve outcomes for young adults living in at-risk situations through work and life skills training.



Dorin McIntyre, What About Us Charitable Enterprise 

What About Us Charitable Enterprises is working to improve the quality of life for the underprivileged and socially challenged to be more productive members of society through various programs.


Jasmine Gilstrap, Lion’s Pride Mentoring

Lion’s Pride Mentoring is changing Chicago’s educational landscape by helping more students graduate from high school and attend the college of their choice.


Dion Dawson, Dion’s Chicago Dream

Dion’s Chicago Dream is working to combat food insecurity while addressing food deserts in Chicago neighborhoods.


Joey Mak, Chicago:Blend 

Chicago:Blend is working to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in Chicago’s venture capital and startup community.


Walter Mendenhall, Male Mogul Initiative

Male Mogul Initiative is working to positively transform the way men live and lead in their communities through leadership and entrepreneurship development.