Social Venture Partners (SVP) Announces Fast Pitch SB Finalists

Ten (10) Nonprofit Leaders Have Chance To Win $45,000 in Cash Awards On October 15

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara (SVPSB) is proud to announce the ten (10) nonprofit finalists who have the chance to win $45,000 in cash awards at the Fast Pitch SB finale on October 15, 2015 at the Deckers Brands Rotunda.

Fast Pitch SB Finalists:

  • Community Environmental Council, Jefferson Litten
  • Family Service Agency, Sarah Rudd-Lawler
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Melissa Fontaine
  • Friendship Center Adult Day Services, Kristen Hoye
  • Future Leaders of America, Inc. (FLA), Eder Gaona-Macedo
  • Isla Vista Youth Projects, Inc., Tyler Speier
  • Lideres Campesinas, Elizabeth Cordero
  • NatureTrack Foundation, Sue Eisaguirre
  • Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy, William Fiedtkou
  • YStrive for Youth, Inc., Keith Terry

Professional head shots of all the winners can be downloaded here.

Under the bright lights, elevated on stage in front of a live audience and six noteworthy judges, these finalists will ‘pitch their passion’ with the chance to win $45,000 in cash awards. The public, friends and supporters are all encouraged to attend the finale on Thursday, October 15 at the beautiful Deckers Brands Rotunda. Click here to reserve tickets.  See our 30 second commercial here.

“We are excited to showcase these 10 organizations who will pitch to a live audience at the Fast Pitch finale” said Ernesto Paredes, Chief Energy Officer of Fast Pitch and a SVPSB Partner.  “Offering this communications skills building program to all 20 participating nonprofit leaders and providing them an opportunity to shine is exactly why I’m involved with Social Venture Partners.  Fast Pitch is an innovative opportunity to cultivate your professional network and explore new collaborations.”  

Fast Pitch SB commends all 20 nonprofit leaders who spent the last seven weeks building their skills, making lasting connections and sharing their tremendous stories. These Fast Pitch leaders will continue to inspire, educate and share their work in our community.

About Fast Pitch SB: SVPSB’s Fast Pitch SB connects nonprofit leaders with business, philanthropic, and nonprofit executives who want to help them amplify their impact. Through the two-month program, participants hone their ideas and messages through coaching and mentoring sessions, all while building relationships and networking with potential funders, board members and supporters.

Fast Pitch SB is made possible by the generous support of the following companies and organizations: James S. Bower Foundation, Chumash Foundation, Citrix, Deckers Brands, Freestone Capital, Montecito Bank & Trust, Union Bank, Nasif, Hicks, Harris & Co., LLP, Santa Barbara Foundation and Mission Wealth. More than 55 volunteers have participated in selecting, mentoring and coaching the nonprofit participants. 

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About Social Venture Partners: SVPSB builds powerful relationships among people who want to give back and the nonprofits that make change possible. SVPSB is a diverse group of individual donors (“Partners”) – business people, entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders – who combine our skills, resources and networks to help nonprofits succeed.


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