SVPLA Fast Pitch

Spotlighting L.A.’s most innovative and high-impact nonprofit organizations!



Fast Pitch is a 10-week communication skills training program for early-stage nonprofit initiatives that are creating lasting social change in Greater Los Angeles. This year, it culminated on March 21, 2019 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater. (See our 2019 Presenters)  The program trains nonprofit leaders to powerfully communicate their story, and connects them with leaders in the business, philanthropic, and nonprofit communities who help them achieve their goals.  

Leaders from 12 organizations will be selected to participate based on the degree to which their approaches to pressing issues significantly increase social impact.  Past participants have described the program as invaluable – resulting in greater confidence and effectiveness when presenting, increased exposure for their organization, important new relationships, and additional support from donors and volunteers.

At the Fast Pitch Showcase event, up to 12 presenters will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and an audience of approximately 600 philanthropic, business, civic, and nonprofit leaders, competing to win awards totaling $100,000.  Audience members and nonprofit presenters will be able to meet and connect during an interactive showcase reception.

Past prize winners include: ProjectQ, Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s, FreeFrom, 2nd Call, Flintridge Center, Swipes, Wolf Connection, New Earth, Young Invincibles, First Place for Youth, Vigilant Love, Food Forward, Opportunity Fund and many others.  

SVPLA believes that diversity creates a rich learning environment, and we seek to build a cohort of leaders that reflects the diversity of race, ethnicity, gender expression, age, ability, and sexual orientation here in Los Angeles.

See photos from 2019 fast pitch HERE



We encourage you to reach out if you have questions about eligibility, program participation requirements, the application or other questions. CONTACT: Sharon Stratton