San Diego Business Journal

Nonprofits Impress Fast Pitch Judges

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

San Diego Social Venture Partners announced the winners of the San Diego fast pitch competition for nonprofits recently.

The three winning nonprofits received more than $40,000 in awards and will also have access to $10,000 of in-kind services provided by partners of SDSVP. The services include marketing, fund development and strategic outcome planning, according to a news release.

The winners were chosen out of more than 85 nonprofits that submitted applications to the event.

Leap to Success, an organization that works to empower victims of domestic violence to rebuild their lives, was awarded the first place prize of $25,000. More information about Leap to Success can be found at www.leaptosuccess.org.

The second place prize of $10,000 was awarded to Second Chance, a nonprofit that provides job readiness and life skills training. More information about Second Chance can be found at www.secondchanceprogram.org.

Accion, a local micro lending organization that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with funds, received the $5,000 third place prize. More information about Accion can be found at www.accionsandiego.org.

“Nonprofit groups create a strong ripple effect in the San Diego economy; they influence everything from the arts, to education, transportation and policy,” Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. said in a statement. “Partnering with SDSVP not only provides these organizations with the tools and knowledge to succeed, but more importantly, enables these nonprofits to continue to positively influence quality of life throughout the entire region.”

The competition focused on 10 finalists that were selected for their ability to communicate their vision and to create significant social change, according to a news release.

Each of the 10 finalists was given three minutes to present their vision and ideas to a panel of experts before the winning nonprofits were chosen.

— SDBJ Staff Report