Social Venture Partners Arizona Selects 20 Local Nonprofits to Participate in ‘Fast Pitch” Event, Compete for $50,000+ in Funding

Social Venture Partners Arizona Dec. 1, 2015

Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) is pleased to announce the 20 local nonprofits selected as semifinalists for the 2016 Fast Pitch Competition, affectionately known in the business and philanthropic worlds as “American Idol with soul.”

The following nonprofits, along with three student groups from Arizona State University, will participate in a two-month training and mentoring program to sharpen their social impact and business plans, and be trained to succinctly and powerfully “pitch their passions.”

  • Act One
  • Anthony Bates Foundation
  • Civitan Foundation, Inc.
  • Code Clubs of Arizona
  • Detour Company Theatre, Inc.
  • Discovery Triangle Development Corporation (Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle)
  • Harvest Compassion Center
  • Homeless ID Project
  • Hunkapi Programs, Inc.
  • Local First Arizona Foundation
  • Maryvale Preparatory Academy
  • Natural Restorations
  • ONe TRUe LOVe
  • PAL (Partner to Assist in Learning) Experiences
  • Read Better Be Better
  • ResilientMe
  • Rising Youth Theatre
  • SEEDs for Autism
  • Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
  • Young Artist Society

Nonprofits that advance to the final phase of the competition will use the training to compete for $50,000 in funding from SVPAZ, in addition to thousands more raised during the event by community leaders, business executives and philanthropists interested in investing in the nonprofits. At the final competition on Tuesday, March 1, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, eight finalists will take the stage to answer a critical, complex and highly entertaining question: How can you change the world in three minutes?

“We typically receive a number of truly innovative and impactful organizations that apply for a spot in our program, and this year was no different,” said SVPAZ Executive Director Terri Wogan Calderón. “For 2016, we have selected a diverse cohort of organizations doing great work in health and human services, education, technology, the environment and the arts. Our goal with Fast Pitch is to, ultimately, strengthen all of these organizations and position them to increase visibility and gain more community support.”

Tickets to the 2016 Fast Pitch Competition are available at

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