The Regional Access Project began the 2016 version of “Desert Fast Pitch” with an even dozen local nonprofit organizations competing for prizes in the October 26, 2016 Fast Pitch competition, but the field narrowed to 11 with the voluntary withdrawal of one of the organizations.
These 11 semi-finalists are already winners on two fronts: their organizations will receive $1,500 each for participating in the 3rd edition of the competition, and, more importantly, they will receive training on how best to tell their stories to potential funders.
Six organizations will advance to the finals, picking up an additional $1,500 from RAP for advancing to the next level. At the Desert Fast Pitch event itself, the potential award amounts are much higher. In all, more than $72,000 worth of funding will be provided during this year’s event.
The following organizations are vying for a chance to compete during the Desert Fast Pitch event in front of a live audience, held in concert with RAP’s Nonprofit Conference in partnership with Southern California Grantmakers, at the Annenberg Center on the campus of the Eisenhower Medical Center:
- Voices for Children provide abused children in the foster care system with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to advocate and improve their lives.
- ACT for MS provides resources, programs and services for Coachella Valley residents who have been diagnosed with MS.
- Galilee Center assists underprivileged and disadvantaged individuals and families by providing food, clothing and other basic needs.
- Desert Best Friend’s Closet empowers low-income Coachella Valley residents to attain employment through education and wardrobe services.
- The LGBT Community Center enriches the lives of the LGBT community, offering a variety of programs and services, including education, counseling and weekly food distribution.
- Desert Cancer Foundation is dedicated to assisting residents who need financial assistance in obtaining screening, diagnosis and treatment for cancer and allied diseases.
- Integrated Learning Institute assists struggling learners in making the transition to independent learning, social awareness and self-regulated behavior.
- Focus on Student Success trains and prepares youth of various ages with the skills to make good choices, strengthens troubled families, and teaches instrumental music to at-risk youths.
- Desert Hot Springs Community Task Force coordinates, improves and increases programs and resources available to residents of the Desert Hot Springs area.
- Desert Hot Springs Eagles, Inc. teaches children tackle football and helps them develop concepts of teamwork, community involvement and respect of self and others.
- All Things Are Possible, Inc. assists special needs children with “Music and Motion Therapy.” Outreach is to children with autism, bi-polar, sight and hearing impairment.
RAP Nonprofit Conference attendees are invited to watch the Desert Fast Pitch competition which follows the conference. For more information on the October 26 conference, click here.
September 7 - 28 Training, coaching and mentoring
October 5 Mini Pitch- Selection Panel 2 chooses the 6 Finalists who will pitch at the event
October 26 Desert Fast Pitch Event