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Eligibility Requirements & Selection Criteria

Application Criteria

Up to 10 nonprofit leaders will be selected to participate in the Fast Pitch program. Applicant organizations must meet the following requirements:

  • Nonprofit organization – Applicants must have their designation from the IRS as a 501c3 organization or fiscal sponsorship.
  • Location – Nonprofits must be located in and serve the greater Chicagoland area.
  • Presenter – Individuals presenting on behalf of their organization must hold the title of executive director, CEO, president, founder or senior development officer (or a comparable role).
  • Size – Applicants must have at least one program up and running, at least one FTE staff person and a budget that is $3M or less.
  • Focus – Nonprofits that focus on helping to lift people out of poverty, including direct service, organizing/advocacy and collective impact organizations may apply.
    • Organizations that have applied for Fast Pitch but were not selected to participate in the showcase may reapply.
    • Nonprofit leaders that have pitched in a SVP Fast Pitch final showcase may reapply if they currently work for a different organization.
    • Preference will be given to participants and organizations that have not participated in the past.

Prior applicants for SVP’s investment cycles may apply, including current and alum community partners/investees.

Selection Criteria

Applications are reviewed based on:

  • Approach: The organization’s approach to solving the problem is novel and unique and shows traction in addressing the identified need.
  • Potential: The organization’s potential for impact is great.
  • Interest: The presenter’s rationale for participating in Fast Pitch is aligned with SVP program intent.
  • Connection: The applicant has a strong connection to the issue and/or community served by their organization.

What is Fast Pitch?


Apply to Participate – Applications for the 2022 Fast Pitch program are now closed. Tickets for our 2022 Fast Pitch Showcase are now available!