…Mobilizing thousands of volunteers to harvest fruit from private homes and distribute it to local food pantries and other organizations serving those in need.
…Borrowing free, durable medical equipment when you need it most, with the ease of checking out a book from the public library, while supporting sustainable re-use, repair and recycling.
…Using art as a healing tool for survivors of domestic violence, empowering them to move forward in their lives with hope rather than fear.
…Bringing together job trainees, volunteers and students to install residential solar electric systems that help low-income families save money while protecting the environment.
These are just some of the innovative solutions to society’s problems presented in past years at the Social Innovation Fast Pitch. Innovative non-profit organizations are using limited resources in creative and effective ways to deliver lasting social impact. Leaders of these organizations have a vision for solving social issues rather than simply alleviating the symptoms. They are entrepreneurial, resourceful, and focused on long-term outcomes. They design new, non-obvious approaches to improve products or services or deliver them to new populations in ways that society does not expect They may be employing advanced technologies, leveraging collaborations with other nonprofits, or applying promising business models such as social enterprises to create earned income or employment.
The Social Innovation Fast Pitch is a free two-month communication skills training program and competition for innovative nonprofits that are effecting lasting social change in Greater Los Angeles, culminating in the Social Innovation Fast Pitch event on November 5, 2013. The program trains nonprofit leaders to powerfully communicate their story and connects them with leaders of the business, philanthropic, and nonprofit communities who can help them to achieve their goals.
Leaders from 20 nonprofits will be selected to participate based on the degree to which their approaches to pressing issues give them a competitive advantage to significantly increase social impact. Over September and October, they receive training, feedback and mentoring from business leaders on how to succinctly and powerfully “tell their story.” Past participants have described the program as invaluable, resulting in greater confidence and effectiveness when presenting, increased exposure for their organization, valuable new relationships, and new support from donors and volunteers.
This year’s Fast Pitch will be held in conjunction with the Southern California Grantmakers annual conference at the California Science Center. Up to 10 finalists will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and an audience of approximately 600 philanthropic, business, civic, and nonprofit leaders.. The finalists compete to win over $35,000 in awards.
Following the program, the Showcase reception will be held in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion, where all participants have the chance to share their innovative concepts with the audience. It’s a great time for the audience to connect with the organizations that interest them and for the participants to recruit new volunteers and supporters.
Past Social Innovation Fast Pitch winners include organizations like Young Invincibles, Streetcraft LA, First Place for Youth, LA Diaper Drive, Gumball Foundation, Get on the Bus, BTS Communications, Food Forward, South Central Scholars Foundation, Girls & Gangs, Everyone Deserves a Roof, and others. To watch pitches from the 5th Annual Social Innovation Fast Pitch, click here.
Miss the Prior Years' Events?
2012 Social Innovation Fast Pitch Event & Showcase
2011 Social Innovation Fast Pitch Event & Showcase
2010 Social Innovation Fast Pitch Event & Showcase
2009 Social Innovation Fast Pitch Event & Showcase
2008 Social Innovation Fast Pitch Event & Showcase