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KSO Named Semi-Finalist in Annual SVP Fast Pitch Competition

Social Venture Partners (SVP) has announced the 20 Semi-Finalists that will compete for funding and support through the SVP Fast Pitch Cincinnati program.

Here is the list of semi-finalists, including the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra:

Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation

Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio
CET (Greater Cincinnati Television Educational Foundation)
Children's Hunger Alliance
Cincinnati Ballet - Ballet Moves
Community Matters
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
Environmental ALI - Alliance for Leadership and Interconnection
Greater Cincinnati Center for Social-Emotional Learning (GCCSEL or CSEL)
Master Provisions
Music Resource Center - Cincinnati
Never the Less, Inc.
Northern Kentucky Symphony
Project Yoga
The University of Cincinnati Foundation on behalf of UC Blue Ash Dental Hygiene
WAVE Foundation

Nonprofits and social enterprise organizations with innovative solutions to our social challenges were invited to apply.  

“Cincinnati is a giving community and rich in nonprofits working to make a difference. Yet, we still have many challenges. Therefore, Fast Pitch Cincinnati is seeking nonprofit programs with innovative and creative ways to more effectively help solve our community’s problems,” said Melisse May, chairperson for Fast Pitch Cincinnati.

SVP Fast Pitch Cincinnati 2016 will connect social innovators with business and philanthropic leaders who want to help them tell their story and amplify their impact. Through the three-month program, innovators hone their ideas and messages through workshops and mentoring.

“While the training and award money are what first attracts nonprofits to Fast Pitch, the participants tell us they really value the networking and connections which produce added donations,” said Ruth Klette, SVP Partner and Trustee at Elsa M. Heisel Sule Foundation.

The Else Heisel Sule Foundation generously supports the $15,000 grand award. The three-minute pitching competition culminates in a final event before a panel of judges and an audience of over 500 who determine which nonprofits win the awards.

“Fast Pitch is just one way that SVP Cincinnati is fulfilling its mission to cultivate effective philanthropists, strengthen nonprofits and build collaborative relationships for social change,” said SVP Cincinnati Board Chairperson, Sandy Hughes. “Fast Pitch is not only effective, it’s a fun way to engage the community in philanthropy.”

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