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Philanthropitch has been serving the city of San Antonio for several years, and we were thrilled to be back, raising funds for innovative San Antonio nonprofits this spring. But when COVID-19 hit, our event – which is normally held at the Tobin Center and features a panel of all-star judges, seven incredible nonprofits pitching, and a live audience voting – had to sadly be postponed. Now, we’re returning to San Antonio with a new twist; we’ve gone VIRTUAL! We’re proud to continue to be true to our core focus: providing nonprofits access to unrestricted funds through a new and improved virtual format. San Antonio’s event is now live! Be sure to visit the event page to view the pitches and cast your vote!
Founded in 2013, Philanthropitch has given away more than $1,300,000 in donations to over 80 organizations around the country. Nonprofits go through an application process to be selected to pitch their innovative, sustainable, and scalable programs and business models. Once selected, they participate in intensive business coaching and pitch training before they take the stage to pitch for funding to an exclusive judges panel of business executives and community leaders. Corporate sponsors, partners, and audience members also have the chance to donate and vote. These donations directly support the nonprofit finalist and their positive impact in the community.
Familiar with past Philanthropitch events? This one won’t be too different. We’re keeping the all-star judges and incredible nonprofits, but this time, the seven finalists will pitch and answer the judge’s Q&A on video, which will then be live on the Philanthropitch website for one week. Just like the in-person events, YOU, the audience members, will have the opportunity to cast your vote by making a minimum $25 donation to the nonprofit(s) of your choice.
Our goal is to connect nonprofits to unrestricted funds, to their peers in respective cause areas, and to help nonprofits innovate models that work because we’ve seen the impact that can have on past San Antonio finalists, like Youth Code Jam. Youth Code Jam provides innovative, impactful, and family-focused hands-on computing programs for K-12 students. At Philanthropitch 2018, they pitched for funding to expand their youth coding event for free to elementary and secondary academic users, while charging a sliding scale fee for university, nonprofit and for-profit users.
Thanks in large part to the individual donors, corporate supporters, and judges that night, Youth Code Jam has been able to grow from serving 3,745 students and training 152 teachers to reaching over 20,000 students and training 880 teachers in just two years! It’s been thrilling to see their growth after pitching at Philanthropitch, and we’re so excited to bring Philanthropitch back to San Antonio for another impactful year.
Please join us starting on June 8 at philanthropitch.org to hear pitches from Junior Achievement of South Texas, Black Outside, Inc, Animal Defense League of Texas, Good Samaritan Community Services, Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative, Mission City Renewal, and Say Si. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, The Bank of San Antonio, and to our judges for the competition, Julie Bedingfield (H-E-B), Charles Woodin (Geekdom), Norma LeVan (Argo Group), Janet Holliday (CE Group), Jennifer Regnier (Spurs Give), and David Green (Mays Family Foundation).
Nonprofits need the support now more than ever, and your support means everything to them as they move forward after this tough time. Voting is live NOW so be sure to visit www.philanthropitch.org to view the pitches and cast your vote for your favorite nonprofit!