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15 Southern Arizona nonprofits selected for SVP Tucson Fast Pitch mentor program

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15 Southern Arizona nonprofits selected for SVP Tucson Fast Pitch mentor program

Organizations learn to sharpen fundraising message and broaden exposure to donors and sponsors

Two-month program concludes with a competition to award more than $80,000 to winners

TUCSON, AZ, September 6, 2019 — Nonprofits that protect children from abuse, address mental health issues and provide legal services to the indigent are among the 15 finalists selected for this year’s Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tucson’s Fast Pitch mentoring program.

Fast Pitch, in its fifth year, trains nonprofits to deliver their fundraising message within three minutes and to emphasize key points that resonate with target audiences.  Fast Pitch also coaches nonprofits to strengthen their communication skills and build connections with donors, sponsors and the community at large.

The Fast Pitch finalists for 2019 include:  The IDEA School; Southern Arizona Gender Alliance; NAMI of Southern Arizona; Arizona’s Children Association; Step Up to Justice; Coyote TaskForce; Pio Decimo Center; Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids; World Care; Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation; Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest; Our Family Services; Humanity 360; Parent Aid Child Abuse Prevention Center; Junior Achievement of Arizona.

The nonprofits will receive training and mentoring over two months from volunteer business, marketing and coaching professionals on how to succinctly and powerfully “tell their story.”  Fast Pitch is free to the nonprofits selected.

The program culminates in a Fast Pitch competition:  a high energy, rapid-fire presentation during which seven on-stage finalists, in just three minutes each, share their mission, vision and impact with judges and an audience of 500.  This year, Fast Pitch finalists will compete for more than $80,000 in grants, prizes and donations. The Fast Pitch showcase, which features as keynote speaker the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits CEO Kristen Merrifield, will be held on November 7, 2019, at the Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now! 

About Social Venture Partners Tucson

Social Venture Partners Tucson builds powerful relationships among people and organizations that make our world a better place. We cultivate effective philanthropists, fund and strengthen nonprofits, and invest in collaborative solutions to social challenges.  Learn more at:  www.socialventurepartners.org/tucson/.

About Fast Pitch

SVP Tucson launched Fast Pitch in 2015 as a way to help Southern Arizona nonprofits hone their fundraising message, strengthen their communication skills and increase their exposure to donors, sponsors and the community at large.  To date, Fast Pitch has mentored 60 nonprofits and generated more than $600,000 in awards, grants and donations; $800,000 of media exposure; and $1 million worth of skills training delivered to nonprofits.  Learn more at:  https://www.socialventurepartners.org/tucson/fast-pitch/.