The Regional Access Project (RAP) Foundation announced its “Call for Applications” for the Desert Fast Pitch Program in January 2017. Several organizations applied for the opportunity. After careful review and process, a Selection Panel choose eight organizations to participate in the program. The 2017 cohort begins the program on July 12th with a full day of training with National Communications Expert Andy Goodman.
For those who are not familiar with Desert Fast Pitch, the program enters its fourth year, providing cash grants, consultation, and coaching to tax exempt organizations providing services in health, mental health, and juvenile intervention to residents of eastern Riverside County. The Desert Fast Pitch program is modeled on FAST PITCH, the Los Angeles Social Venture Partnership’s (SVP) venture capital funding competition. These competitions are held around the country in eight cities by SVP affiliates.
Desert Fast Pitch is a regional program offering an opportunity for tax exempt organizations to develop or improve their presentation skills in the presence of potential funders and supporters. It’s designed as a fast paced “pitch” process. Organizations are simultaneously competing for immediate cash awards and on-going technical assistance through RAP’s coaching/mentor interaction. The goal is to help local organizations build greater confidence in their presentation skills and to give them the tools necessary to tell their story, convey their organizational values, create a donor and volunteer base, and improve their organizational capacity.