Kate Towson, WE Development Director, wins Judge’s Award at SVP Fast Pitch!
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SVP Sacramento Announces Winners from ‘SVP Fast Pitch’
Unrestricted funding and prizes totaling $28,000 for nonprofit pitch finalists
SACRAMENTO – Social Venture Partners of Sacramento is pleased to announce our 2nd Annual SVP Fast Pitch winners. Fourteen nonprofits participated in a 3-month boot camp aimed at honing their 3-minute pitch. Participants worked with 30 coaches – leaders from the Sacramento business community – through pitch crafting feedback sessions. On March 5, 2016 ten finalists took the stage to pitch their stories of impact and innovation. In addition to the $28K in funding and in-kind support given out at the event, an additional $20,000 in-kind award came from host Rob Scherer of Dale Carnegie Training, $2K to each of the ten finalists.
Our 2016 Winners:
$1,000 People’s Choice Contest Award Winner: Women’s Empowerment
$1,500 Random Act of Kindness Award: Sacramento Mandarins
$3,000 Audience Award: Improve Your Tomorrow
$5,000 Coaches Award: Improve Your Tomorrow
$7,500 value Media Makeover Award from Blanket Marketing Group: Sacramento Urban
Debate League (SUDL)
$10,000 Judges Award & Overall Winner: Women’s Empowerment
Kate Towson, the Development Director for Women’s Empowerment, was excited to receive both the People’s Choice Contest Award (which our many friends, donors, Facebook fans and volunteers helped us win) as well as the Judge’s Award. The Judge’s Award was given by the judges to the performer whose pitch, they felt, demonstrated the most innovation, impact, and power of ‘the ask’.
Judging panel included local celebrity judges:
Linda Beech Cutler, CEO Sacramento Region Community Foundation (SRCF)
Dale Carlsen, CEO of Bunker Wilson LLC, CEO of Ticket to Dream Foundation and Vice
Chairman of the Board of Mattress Firm Holding Company
John Finegan, Founder/Owner Beck Ag, an ag marketing firm
Pat Fong Kushida, President/CEO of the Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce
& California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
Scott Moak, Vice President Community Impact & Executive Director of the Sacramento
SVP Sacramento Executive Director Bree Cahill explains, “Fast Pitch allows us to support local,
educationally focused nonprofits by helping expand their media and fundraising toolkits. A
network of coaches and nonprofits forms as a result and stays connected far after the program is
over. We hope to see a ripple effect this year like last year. In 2015, we awarded more than $25K
in funding and in-kind support and then saw nearly $200,000 in funding granted to Fast Pitch
participants as a direct result of SVP Fast Pitch!”