2022 Desert Fast Pitch

This Year's Desert Fast Pitch Will Take Place On October 6th, From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM At UCR Palm Desert



The Desert Fast Pitch is back and better than ever! Coachella Valley nonprofits have the chance to win over $65,000 in cash grants from the Regional Access Project Foundation.  


If you are interested in competing in the Desert Fast Pitch, click the button below and you will be taken to our Application Page.




The Desert Fast Pitch is an annual event that is a Shark Tank-style, high-energy, quick-fire presentation in which nonprofits powerfully communicate their story and make a 3-minute pitch for funding. Six nonprofits will make it to the finals and compete for cash grants awarded by the Regional Access Project Foundation (RAP).

The finalists will deliver their pitches to a panel of judges and an audience of approximately 300 philanthropic, business, civic, and nonprofit leaders.


NPO Centric, a program of the RAP Foundation, runs this annual event. The finalists engage in a 10-week training and mentoring program that includes marketing, branding, and speaking training so that the nonprofits can effectively raise the funding they need to be self-sustaining. The program culminates in the live, Fast Pitch competition.



Fast Pitch Information

The RAP Foundation’s Desert Fast Pitch is a competitive, three month training and coaching program that helps nonprofit staff succinctly and powerfully “tell their story”. The program helps participants to develop key skills, foster new relationships, gain exposure, and increase their organizations’ ability to attract new resources over time. After weeks of classes, trainings and a preliminary competition, selected finalists presented a 3-minute pitch about their non-profit organization to a panel of judges and audience.

Please note the following:

  • 2022 participants will need to complete an application for acceptance into the program. You can apply HERE

Highlights From The Last Desert Fast Pitch Event (2019)

Winner: Best Pitch Desert Best Friend's Closet

Connie Gold

Winner: Most Innovative Pitch Boo 2 Bullying

Dimitri Halkidis

Winner: Audience Choice Friend's of the Desert Mountains

Colin Barrows

Judge Bryan Gallo and Emcee Dareen Deiss

2019 Desert Fast Pitch Finalists Singing along with Dr. Michele Borba

Debra Ann Mumm of CREATE Center For The Arts

RAP CEO, Leticia DeLara

Keynote Speaker-Dr. Michele Borba

Irene Rodriguez-Cabot’s Pueblo Museum


Pamela Grogan-Coachella Valley Housing Coalition

Audience Participation

2019 Fast Pitch Judges From Right to Left:
Palm Desert Mayor Susan Marie Weber, Bryan Gallo of NBC Palm Springs, Shaun Clark of the 4 Shay J Foundation, Judi Olivas President of AFP, Aurora Wilson Board Trustee for College of the Desert, and Van Tanner RAP Board member.

The 2019 Desert Fast Pitch is in the books! Thank you to all who participated, attended and supported the event! Click on the picture to the left <=== to see more images of the event. Click on the button below to navigate your way to our Facebook page and the Desert Fast Pitch Album.