2017 Fast Pitch Nonprofits

The nonprofit application for SVP Fast Pitch 2018 is now closed. Semifinalists will be announced in November 2017.

Fast Pitch is an annual opportunity for both nonprofits and coaches. Fast Pitch 2017 has come to an end. If you are a nonprofit interested in learning more about the opportunity for 2018, please contact admin@SVPSacramento.org. Nonprofit application opens in September 2017. If you are a prospective SVP Partner or process coach, please contact admin@SVPSacramento.org.

Our 2017 SVP Fast Pitch Semifinalists!


Children’s Development Centers: At CDC, it is our mission to enrich children’s lives through quality programs and a commitment to developmentally appropriate practice, creativity and innovation. Our programs put children at the center of an interconnected circle of families, CDC, and the community.  Each center reflects the uniqueness of its local community.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Sacramento County (CASA): Qualified, compassionate volunteer community members fight for and protect the rights of Sacramento County’s most at-risk foster youth. They deserve to be safe, treated with dignity and respect, and, when possible, part of a loving, lifelong family. When family is not possible, we help prepare them to face adulthood independently.

College Track: Low-income and first-generation college students face many obstacles on their path to a college degree. Our 10-year commitment provides them with academic support, leadership training, and scholarships starting the summer before 9th grade through college graduation. College Track’s mission is to empower students from underserved communities to graduate from college.

The Crocker Art Museum is dedicated to promoting an awareness of and enthusiasm for human experience through art. We measure our success by our ability to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the communities we serve.

Families NOW: We are systems change leaders who provide strategies, advocacy, consultation, and training to improve education, health, and long-term outcomes for children and youth in the foster care system by focusing on the importance of permanence. By building collaborative solutions, we support those who work with this vulnerable population.

Fresher USA: We train at-risk teens and young adults as Fresher Chefs, enabling them to develop workforce and entrepreneurial skills. They then market and produce healthier take home meals that are more affordable and convenient than typical fast food, providing the nutrition needed for children to concentrate and succeed in school.

Hands4Hope is a youth led service-learning and outreach organization dedicated to empowering youth to make a positive difference in the world around them through exploration, action, and leadership. We give voice to youth on issues affecting their community and give them the opportunity to take action in their own way.

Life OnTrak: We are committed to making the world a better place for our neighborhoods and our children by dedicating ourselves to helping individuals achieve stronger financial outcomes.  Through collaboration, creating dialogue, and increasing education to financial literacy, we strive to enhance quality of life in underserved communities.

Powerhouse Science Center is a “center of learning” where our community experiences science, technology, engineering, and math through dynamic demonstrations, interactive programs, and hands-on exhibits. Powerhouse makes STEM exciting – sparking curiosity and inspiration. We engage and inspire people of all ages to explore the wonders, possibilities, and responsibilities of science.

ReCreate diverts reusable materials from local businesses and combines them with high-tech tools, to deliver hands-on learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.   Our maker education programming teaches vital skills and unleashes students creativity, preparing them for future success in innovative and cutting-edge fields.

Sacramento Children’s Home: The mission of the Sacramento Children’s Home is to open doors to the future by maximizing the potential of children and families. Through a wide range of residential and community-based programs, we are able to help the widest range of clients and address the widest range of needs of any child and family service organization in the county.

Sacramento Public Library Foundation: The mission of the SPLF is to enhance the Library’s ability to serve the community by raising private funds. The Foundation’s current strategic plan seeks to increase endowments and total revenues to fund programs that promote children’s literacy. Foundation funding complements, but does not supplant, Library operations.

Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) strives to be the leader in integrating professional theatre with theatre arts education. STC produces engaging professional theatre, provides exceptional theatre training, and uses theatre as a tool for educational engagement.

Saint John’s Program for Real Change is focused on providing disadvantaged, underserved women and their children with a permanent pathway out of poverty and homelessness. Our mission is to unleash the potential of mothers in crisis, improve the quality of their lives and enrich the lives of their families—breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence one family at a time.

Stanford Youth Solutions: We inspire sustainable change for young people and their families empowering them to solve serious challenges together. We provides intensive, individualized programs that are proven effective for young people and families in difficult circumstances (abuse, neglect, mental health).  Those we serve become stable and capable through a research-based, targeted approach.

Teen S Team+: Leadership and Community Service programs focusing on Bully Awareness, using the concepts and tools for 7 team building and STEAM projects. Program involves 35 high school students mentoring over 400 middle and elementary students 4 times per year to give a voice to and tools for greater Bully Awareness.

The California Edge Fund: Entrepreneurs and businesses fail at an alarming rate, most fail because they lack the necessary support and expertise to build successful businesses. The traditional approaches don’t work.

The California Edge is based upon a 25 year proven methodology that differentiates itself from the traditional approach.  Our belief is that any entrepreneur who is passionate about an idea or a business should have access to a free, confidential resource and methodology that is proven to deliver 85% business success after 10 years.

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento: Our mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.  The First Tee of Greater Sacramento runs youth development programs throughout the year, reaching over 18,500 young people annually.

Yes 2 Kollege: Initiates partnerships that provide resources and services to broaden the outreach efforts to the African American community. By creating linkages to meet critical education and healthcare disparities, promoting community wellness, encouraging intergenerational mentoring, and exposing African Americans to career options that advance opportunities linking our past, present, and future legacies.

YMCA: Our mission is to Inspire all to a healthy life – in spirit, mind and body. We do this though programs focused on the healthy development of children, helping people of all ages develop and maintain healthy lives, and addressing community critical needs through relevant and socially responsible programs.


Our 2016 SVP Fast Pitch WINNERS!

$10,000 Overall Judges Award Winner: Women’s Empowerment

$7,500 In-kind Blanket Marketing Group Media Makeover Award: Sacramento Urban Debate League

$5,000 Coaches Award: Improve Your Tomorrow

$3,000 Audience Award: Improve Your Tomorrow

$1,500 Random Act of Kindness Award: Sacramento Mandarins

$1,000 People’s Choice Online Contest Award: Women’s Empowerment

SVP Social Innovation Fast Pitch 2015

Nonprofit Participants

March 6th, 2015

IMG_3744 Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 12.09.15 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 12.08.48 PM

Following an inspiring event featuring 10 nonprofit pitches, awards and prizes totaling more than $25,000 were awarded to five of our ten Fast Pitch finalist organizations. But Fast Pitch is about more than just a 1-time pitch – since our 3/6/15 event, 8/10 finalists have been invited to use their pitch to compete for additional funding. And, just three weeks after the final event, more than $80,000 in follow-on funding has been granted to finalists as a result of audience members hearing their stories of regional impact and leadership.

Below are videos from our 3/6/15 Event. We know you’ll agree – the Sacramento Region is incredibly lucky to count these nonprofit leaders among our own!

Social Venture Partners (SVP) – Who we are and what we do!

916 Ink - Winner $5,000 Coaches Award, $1,000 People’s Choice Award

A Touch of Understanding

B Street Theatre

Breakthrough Sacramento

Green Tech - Winner $1,500 Random Act of Kindness Award

SAGE Global - Winner $10,000 Judges Award

Teach For America

Wind Youth Services - Winner $3,000 Audience Award Winner

Yolo Basin Foundation

Youth Development Network - Winner $6,000 value Uptown Studios Media Makeover Award