The Regional Access Project Foundation

Fast Pitch 2019
Fast Pitch 2019 is open to Coachella Valley nonprofit organizations of all sizes who want to take their marketing to the next level and compete for cash prizes at the competition finale. By participating in the program not only will individual leadership staff develop their professional marketing skills, but each organization will end the process with a customized marketing portfolio designed to reach their specific goals
Applications will be accepted from December 10, 2019 to January 14, 2019 and can be found at rap.force.com

For more information on Fast Pitch 2019 visit rap.force.com or contact:
Stephanie Minor, Director, Center for Nonprofit Advancement
760.674.9992 x-105
sminor@rapfoundation.org

Fast Pitch 2019 Information

The Fast Pitch calendar of events will include a regimen of training classes on topics such as branding, networking, social media and marketing plans, successful storytelling and developing a multipurpose pitch to inspire donors. A combination of presentation and workshop-style classes will give participants a more personalized learning experience and help them develop marketing tools that work for their organization’s size, scope of service and long-term plan. Portions of the training program will be made available via distance learning technology to provide flexibility and better access for all nonprofit organizations in Coachella Valley.

Organizations must apply for acceptance into the program by January 14, 2019 and indicate who will be the individual representative participating. It is recommended that executive staff, board or development personnel participate. Upon acceptance, participants are asked to ensure organizational support from their governing board. Select opportunities for staff and board to join the primary participant for classes and mentoring sessions will be available.

A new Fast Pitch point system will offer participants a variety of methods to earn qualifying points in addition to class attendance, such as presenting their pitches to area organizations, in-person networking, and other marketing skill development opportunities. A minimum point total will be required to qualify for the final competition and to receive the monetary participation awards. The point system and cash prize structure will be laid out in detail for participants prior to the start of the 2019 Fast Pitch program.

The RAP Foundation’s Desert Fast Pitch is a competitive, five 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:

  • Fast Pitch participants will complete an application for acceptance into the program no later than January 14, 2019. Application must include authorized signature of the organization’s board of directors affirming their support for participation in the program. 
  • Organization must enroll one designated participant who will be responsible for meeting the requirements for participating in the Fast Pitch competition. When applying, Applicants will choose one category and one or more funding goal(s) associated with that category.  All Applicants/Participants programs must fall within the RAP Foundation’s three (3) funding categories and geographic funding area: Health, Mental Health, and Juvenile Intervention within Eastern Riverside County.
  • The attendance of board members and/or additional staff members from participating organizations will be encouraged and may be required for specific training sessions.
  • Participants are required to attend all training classes. Only two makeup classes will be allowed for any absences. Missing more than two classes will result in a point deduction from the participant’s eligibility point total.
  • For makeup classes the participant will receive the class notes and materials for review ahead of a 30-minute review session with the instructor, in lieu of the normal class session.
  • Organizations not participating in Fast Pitch are welcome to attend classes for the stated registration fee for each class.
  • Finals format ideas – Video montage of the Fast Pitch process, each participant will be introduced with a short video. Networking following pitch presentations while judges deliberate, prizes/auction & each organization will have a table with information. Possible nonprofit award or other presentation as part of the event to attract other nonprofit and community attendance.

Fast Pitch 2019 Dates:

January 24th – Orientation session for all participants. A board member or higher-level executive from the organization will be encouraged and may be required to attend to gain an understanding of the commitment of time, work and resources needed for the program. An overview of the details of the program, point system, and participation requirements will be given so all participants are equipped with the information they need to successfully complete the Fast Pitch program. A short introduction to the video documentation process to help participants record individual Fast Pitch journeys will be included.

February 14th – Donor Success Stories seminar will be presented with board and/or additional staff encouraged to attend.

March 14th – How to Write Your Donor Appeals & Fast Pitch seminar.
March 21st – Pitch Writing workshop

April 11th – Know Your Target Market seminar
April 25th – Developing Your Brand seminar

May 9th – Public Speaking & Delivering Your Pitch seminar

June 13th – Public Relations seminar
June 27th – Video for Nonprofits seminar

July 11th – Social Media for Nonprofits seminar
July 25th – Nonprofit Website seminar

August 8th – Portfolio workshop
August 22nd – Makeup Classes (as needed)

September 12th – Portfolios Due

October (TBD) – Fast Pitch Semi-finals at RAP Foundation

November (TBD) – Fast Pitch Finals at UCR

 

Sign Up Using Your Existing Account and Join Fast Pitch

If the applicant has an existing and current on-line account, to access Fast Pitch 2019 information, click on the button below, then sign in with username and password.

Create an Account and Sign Up for Fast Pitch

If the applicant does not have an existing account, an online account must be created first. Click on the button below to create an account. Once an account has been created, applicant will receive a confirmation email. Thereafter can sign in with username and password.