Impact at Scale Profile: Lisa Gerberding

The Impact at Scale Profile Series brought to you by Philanthropitch spotlights past nonprofit finalists from Philanthropitch and how they are scaling their impact and creating new opportunities for their organization. 

It’s amazing that just 5 months have passed since Philanthropitch took the stage in San Antonio. Our finalists have been hard at work expanding their impact and scaling the programs they pitched on February 27th. We recently caught up with some of our Philanthropitch San Antonio alumni to see just how impactful the Philanthropitch experience has been for their organizations.

Philanthropitch is going to Columbus, Ohio March 4, 2019. Presented by Kiwanis Club of Columbus and co-hosted by SocialVentures, the first annual Philanthropitch Columbus will showcase a high-impact group of innovative nonprofits within the local community. The application period will be opening later this year, a new set of successful entrepreneur judges, and nonprofits with an impact-based model.

Lisa Gerberding is the Director of Development and Outreach at Restore Education, an organization changing the trajectory for  at-risk youths in San Antonio. Their innovative curriculum prepares students to be college and career-ready young adults.

1. What opportunities have come out of you involvement in Philanthropitch?

The biggest benefit Restore Education has seen is an increased awareness of our services across San Antonio. We have had more student referrals from partner agencies and school districts, as well as volunteer tutors than ever before. Thanks in part to this awareness, an additional 50 students received high school equivalency, workforce training, and college readiness services at our learning center this year.


2. How has Philanthropitch helped your organization scale?
The funding we received from Philanthropitch provided an opportunity to scale our impact through college readiness workshops with two new organizations. The first provided 68 seniors with an opportunity to prepare for college at three sites across Texas. The second brought college readiness services to 38 seniors in the Valley.

3. What is next for your organization as you continue to build a scalable, sustainable nonprofit?
As we continue to scale, we’re working to obtain and analyze student data. Our goal is to maximize the impact of every resource, as we work to ensure that every at-risk student has the education they need to reach their full potential.


Over the past five years, Philanthropitch, the social impact fast pitch competition, has been on a mission to scale innovative nonprofits in communities around the nation. And now we're headed to Columbus! Presented by Kiwanis Club of Columbus & co-hosted by SocialVentures, the first annual Philanthropitch Columbus takes place on March 4, 2019 at the the Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre in the Riffe Center Theatre Complex. 

Know a Columbus nonprofit that should apply? 

Nominate them on social media and tag us at #philanthropitchcbus! We’re looking for innovative nonprofit organizations working to scale their impact.

Contact the Philanthropitch team at to learn more or visit

Briana Loeb