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Non-profits vying for grants in fast pitch competition

Eight valley non-profit groups are about to face off in a fast-paced competition that could get them a share of $50,000 in grants and prizes.

They are the finalists in the Arizona Fast Pitch competition that is sponsored by a group called Social Venture Partners.

As part of the competition, representatives of the organizations have three minutes to tell judges the mission, vision, and impact of their organization.
Twenty non-profits signed up for the competition in September. The field was narrowed to eight organizations that have been undergoing workshops and practice sessions this month.

They will be giving their final presentations on March 4 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Some of the judges include former Arizona Diamondbacks player Luis Gonzalez, Local First Arizona CEO Kimber Lanning and Nicole Stanton, the wife of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
There are a wide variety of non-profits who will be participating.

“It really runs the gamut from a whole host of organizations,” Stanton said. “The Act One Foundation and Support My Club are among the groups on the list.”

Stanton said that she’ll be looking for specific things during the “pitches.”

“I want to know exactly why this organization brings value to the community and why it has meaning,” said Stanton. “What’s critical here is that you have to see the passion that comes through about the organization.”

To find out more about Fast Pitch, visit their website.