Dallas Nonprofits To Compete for Funding at Fast Pitch 2018

On Nov. 15, six local nonprofits battle it out for the chance to receive grant money in the annual Fast Pitch competition put on by the Dallas Influencers in Sports and Entertainment.

Ready to let your big idea swim with the sharks?

With this year’s Fast Pitch competition—produced by Dallas Influencers in Sports and Entertainment (DISE)—six Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofit organizations will go head-to-head Shark Tank-style for the chance to win $100,000 in grant money.

The event will look a little something like this: each nonprofit will give a three-minute pitch during a live on-stage performance to a ‘panel’ of judges and audience members, convincing them why their organization should receive money for their mission. No one will be going home empty-handed, though. Every nonprofit will receive between $2,500 and $25,000 in grant money, and audience members will play an active role by awarding one nonprofit with a $5,000 grant, dubbed the People’s Choice Award, through a collective vote.

The six nonprofits set to compete are:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Inc.
  • Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center 
  • Dallas Police Youth Foundation, Inc.
  • Dallas Tennis Association
  • Special Olympics Texas, Inc.
  • Vogel Alcove

After the pitches are complete, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who originally hails from Highland Park, will be awarded the 2018 Community Excellence award. 

DISE—the host of the evening—has given more than $500,000 to North Texas nonprofits since 2014 through the Heart of Dallas Foundation, its nonprofit branch. This organization continues to contribute to nonprofits through the annual Fast Pitch event.

The 2018 Fast Pitch will take place at Canton Hall in Dallas on Nov. 15 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets range from $50 to $15,000 and include amenities like an open bar and hors d’oeuvres.

More information about the 2018 Fast Pitch competition can be found here.

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