Philanthropitch, volume 2.

Today’s an exciting day in Philanthrotown… we proudly announced our finalists for Philanthropitch 2014! In addition to some familiar faces, we’ve got some pretty amazing new nonprofits in for the running.


Before we dig into who does what and how they do it – have you bought your tickets yet? If you didn’t get a chance to check out Philanthropitch last year, do yourself a favor and snag tickets to this year’s event. It’s a high energy, and incredibly gratifying night with some impressive pitches and noteworthy numbers to really showcase the social goodness being spread throughout Austin. What’s more, we’ve got some exciting new additions to the Philanthropitch platform that you won’t want to miss! Nab your tickets here.

What new additions, might you ask?

Well, on top of the $100,000+ cash awards (that’s double last year’s givings!), 5 of the finalists will be selected to participate in the new Greenlights and Innovation+ Accelerator, a consulting, training and mentorship program designed to fast-track exponential organizational growth and impact. The Accelerator provides coaching, peer learning, networking and consulting to nonprofits that are ready to dramatically propel a program or service.  It’s designed to advance the proliferation of an organization by connecting experienced and socially responsible business experts with the nonprofit’s leadership team to create or refine a business growth plan. This investor-ready plan will be used to solicit capital – both from Accelerator partners and the broader philanthropic community.

Now, on to the finalists! This year’s bevy of kick-butt Philanthropitch finalists are as follows:
  • Easter Seals of Central Texas -  a nonprofit whose mission is to promote independence and create opportunities for people with disabilities in pursuit of their hopes and dreams.
  • E3 Alliance - A returning pitcher and a regional, data-driven education collaborative helping to build the strongest educational pipeline in the country to drive regional economic prosperity.
  • Caritas of Austin – An incredibly prominent nonprofit here in Austin that provides a service continuum for those experiencing poverty that begins with a safety net and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • H.A.N.D – Helping the Aged, Needy and Disabled provides exceptional, innovative care and support for those who need assistance with daily living, while inspiring others to do the same.
  • Mothers’ Milk Bank -A unique philanthropic bunch whose mission is to accept, pasteurize and dispense donor human milk by physician prescription, primarily to premature and ill infants.
  • Fusebox – Recipients of a CreateAthon makeover, these guys champion adventurous works of art across various mediums. Every year, they host a hybrid art festival here in Austin. In fact, it’s happening right now! Check it out.
  • KLRU - Austin’s own community licensed public television station. KLRU has brought exceptional educational television to the Central Texas community for more than 50 years.
  • and EGBI – The Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) is an organization that equips underrepresented individuals in the Greater Austin area with the educational toolset to establish their own businesses.
We’ve got an incredible range of folks competing this year, and I’m so excited to see all the pitches for these great programs and projects. And as always, our goal for Philanthropitch is to advance philanthropy in Austin by providing nonprofits access to valuable human and financial capital. So, if you’re among the finalists and you’re seeking the inside scoop on how to take home the big bucks, here’s my advice:
  • Get yourself in the business mentality and prepare a thoughtful plan.
  • Think of likely issues and obstacles that might occur during your pitch presentation beforehand.
  • Have fun!
See you all at Philanthropitch 2014!