2018 Fast Pitch Nonprofits

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 2019, please contact admin@SVPSacramento.org. Nonprofit application opens in September 2018. If you are a prospective SVP Partner or process coach, please contact admin@SVPSacramento.org.

Our 2018 SVP Fast Pitch Semifinalists!

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3Strands Global Foundation: 3Strands Global mobilizes communities to combat human trafficking through prevention education and reintegration initiatives

Alchemist CDC: Alchemist Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Sacramento area residents in their efforts to create vibrant, equitable, healthy and diverse communities.

CCHAT (Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking) Center Sacramento: CCHAT’s mission is to teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and develop spoken language with the help of hearing aids and cochlear implants. The foundation of CCHAT’s program is removing language barriers so children with hearing loss have access to life’s choices without limitations.

CELI INC: Our mission is to increase achievement levels in low income, at-risk youth and adults by improving their economic status and encouraging contribution to the regional economy. We accomplish this by providing personal and career mentoring, GED preparation, and logistical supports that help launch individuals into a career and/or post-secondary education.

Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento: CRH is committed to positively impacting the lives of children, youth, and families affected by abuse, neglect, behavioral health issues and trauma.

City Year Sacramento: City Year Sacramento serves 7 schools and over 4,000 students with the mission to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership, and social entrepreneurship. We fulfill our mission by focusing on education, helping students know they can fulfill their dreams, reach their potential, and graduate from high school ready for college or career.

Fairytale Town: Fairytale Town’s mission is to promote the imagination, creativity and education of children. Our vision: Inspiring, educating and strengthening communities through play.

GRID Alternatives North Valley: GRID Alternatives’ vision is a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone. Our mission is to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities.

Headwaters Science Institute: Headwaters gives students the scientific background and skills to be informed, critically-thinking citizens. We revolutionize science education one student, teacher, and classroom at a time, giving students the freedom to conduct their own independent research and helping educators use our effective methods to implement their own curriculum.

Juma Ventures: Juma strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education, and financial capability for youth across America.

KidsFirst: Established in 1989 as a public, non-profit organization, KidsFirst’s mission is to end child abuse and neglect. Its vision is that all children live in a safe, healthy, and nurturing home. They are dedicated to helping families by providing them with the tools they need to cope with difficult life circumstances before they become overwhelming. With counseling and family resource centers in Auburn and Roseville, its programs target the most vulnerable children, families and neighborhoods. They strengthen families by educating, advocating and changing lives. Programs include wellness, information and referral, and education and outreach.

Lilliput Families: Lilliput exists to ensure every child has the opportunity to be part of a safe, nurturing, lifelong family.

PCA-Sacramento: Positive Coaching Alliance develops Better Athletes, Better People through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes.

Roseville Home Start, Inc.: Roseville Home Start successfully transitions homeless families into affordable and sustainable permanent housing and self- sufficiency, through a system of housing and support services that is comprehensive, flexible, accessible, and accountable.

Runnin’ for Rhett: Runnin’ for Rhett’s mission is to inspire people to Move into Life. We do this through our vision of nurturing healthy communities through fitness and nutrition.

Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS): Founded in 2009 at UC Davis by Dr. Vajra Watson, Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) strives to change the world through education and empowerment. Building on a foundation of critical literacy and spoken word performance poetry, SAYS breaks the chains of underachievement by elevating the voices of young people and creating spaces for students to become authors of their own lives and agents of change. SAYS services support the improvement of schools through teacher professional development, classroom instruction, and after-school programming. SAYS utilizes evidence-based pedagogies and an award-winning curriculum to prepare people to serve as cultural keepers, artistic dreamers, and scholar activists who work within and beyond the walls of schools to enact and embody a transformative educational praxis.

Sacramento LGBT Community Center: The Sacramento LGBT Community Center works to create a region where LGBTQ people thrive. We support the health and wellness of the most marginalized, advocate for equality and justice, and work to build a culturally rich LGBTQ community.

Sierra Nevada Journeys: Sierra Nevada Journeys’ mission is to deliver innovative outdoor, science-based education programs for youth to develop critical thinking skills and to inspire natural resource stewardship. We serve 30,000 students annually with high-impact outdoor STEM education, with over 60% from low income families.

Team Giving, Inc.: Our Mission is to inspire, guide and advocate for regional non-profit organizations by matching their needs with individuals, businesses, and service clubs to complete volunteer projects. Our approach to volunteerism provides financial and workforce savings for nonprofits, while inspiring relationships that promote advocacy and expand giving.

Yellow Circle Inc: To advance Information Technology education through high-quality, easy-to-use virtual computer lab for teachers and students, augmented with internship opportunities to provide students with work experience.

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

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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