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Fast Pitch Alumni – 2018

Congratulations to SVP Chicago’s 2018 Fast Pitch Winners:

  • Judges’ First Place ($10,000) –Nina Smith; LEAP
  • Coaches’ Award ($7,500) –Jamila Trimuel; Ladies of Virtue
  • Audience Award ($5,000) –Kathy Ragnar; Sarah’s Circle
  • Jasculca Terman Pro bono Service Award –Mike McGee; Code Now
  • Mission+Strategy Pro bono Service Award –Kathy Ragnar; Sarah’s Circle

Class of 2018 Finalists

Judges’ First Place

LEAP ($10,000)

LEAP (Language Empowers All People) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research-driven language and literacy development in low income communities.

Coaches’ Award

Ladies of Virtue ($7,500)

Ladies of Virtue (LOV) is dedicated to improving the lives of young women, ages 10 to 18, in underserved communities.

Audience Award/Mission+Strategy Pro-bono Service Award

Sarah’s Circle ($2,500, plus pro bono service award valued at $5,000)

Sarah’s Circle is a non-profit organization with a mission of serving women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. Located in Chicago’s Uptown Community, Sarah’s Circle has provided support for thousands of women since 1979.

Jasculca Terman Pro-bono Service Award

Code Now (pro bono service award valued at $5,000)

CodeNow is a 501(c)(3) non-profit teaching high school students how to solve meaningful problems through coding.

Circesteem ($1,000)

CircEsteem’s mission is to unite youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds and to help them build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts.

About Face Theatre ($1,000)

About Face Theatre’s mission is to create exceptional, innovative and adventurous theatre and educational programming that advances the national dialogue on sexual and gender identity, and challenges and entertains audiences in Chicago and beyond.

Cradles to Crayons ($1,000)

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

Thrive Chicago ($1,000)

Thrive Chicago organizes the ecosystem of youth serving organizations and drives collective action to make systemic changes for Chicago’s youth.

Class of 2018 Semi-finalists

Center for Advancing Domestic Peace

Center for Advancing Domestic Peace is a 501(c)(3) corporation continuing the work begun in 1998 by the West Side Domestic Abuse Project to provide partner abuse intervention services in the City of Chicago.

Common Threads

Founded in 2003 in Chicago, Common Threads was created to bring health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education.

HFS Chicago Scholars

HFS Chicago Scholars provides financial assistance and mentoring to economically disadvantaged Chicago inner-city high school students who show academic and leadership promise to achieve their educational goals.


MAPSCorps trains youth to produce high quality data about community assets that everyone can use to improve the human condition.

New Moms

For over 30 years, New Moms has interrupted the cycle of poverty for two generations by offering supports to young moms in the most important areas of the life of a family: stable housing, allowing youth to build the life skills needed to maintain safe housing; job training, providing hands-on experience, links youth to permanent jobs, and guides towards economic independence; and family support, equipping young moms with skills they need to be great moms.

Project Exploration

Project Exploration is a nonprofit science education organization that works to ensure communities traditionally overlooked by science—particularly minority youth and girls—have access to personalized experiences with science and scientists.


UpWorld serves the at-risk, underserved, often forgotten youth of our communities to create a brighter future through education, empowerment, and social entrepreneurship.