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Local Nonprofits Collect $100,000 at Pitch Competition

Northern Kentucky nonprofit organizations received $100,000 at a pitch competition designed for them.

The funds came from the NKY Funders Grants, an ongoing program that brings local community foundations and others together to create grant opportunities for local nonprofits.

The nonprofits each took the stage Tuesday night for just three minutes to describe their work in the community to the audience in Erlanger. In the end, all nonprofits walked out with grant funds.

Eight funders collaborated for the 2019 NKY Funders’ Grants: the Butler Foundation, the Charles H. Dater Foundation, the R.C. Durr Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, and United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky.

NKY Funders’ Grants partners selected a first place winner in each category to receive $7,500, and a second place winner to receive $5,000. A popular vote among the audience determined an additional first and second place prize for two of the finalists.

The recipients:

First Place $7,500 Awards

Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy (Addiction Services)

Pones, Inc. (Arts, Culture, and Humanities)

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank (Early Childhood)

Master Provisions (Health and Wellness: Durr Foundation cluster)

Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved (Health and Wellness: Horizon Community Funds)

Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre (K-12 Programming)

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Northern Kentucky (Reducing Barriers to Employment) 

Second Place $5,000 Awards

Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky (Addiction Services)

Kentucky Humanities (Arts, Culture, and Humanities)

New Perceptions (Early Childhood)

Northern Kentucky Education Council (Health and Wellness: Durr Foundation cluster)

Women’s Crisis Center (Health and Wellness: Horizon Community Funds cluster)

The Carnegie (K-12 Programming)

Tattoo Removal Ink (Reducing Barriers to Employment)

First place popular vote: Tattoo Removal Ink

Second place popular vote: Master Provisions

-Staff report

Photo: Ernaisja Curry of Pones, Inc. presents her pitch to the audience of nearly 300