Philanthropitch Stakeholder Presentation & Happy Hour

For the past five years, Philanthropitch, the social impact fast pitch competition, has been on a mission to scale innovative nonprofits and help them overcome hurdles by providing access to the human and financial resources they need to grow.

To date, Philanthropitch has donated over one million dollars in three different cities (and counting) and expanded beyond Austin into other cause-centric communities including Columbus.

That’s why some of Austin’s most creative thought leaders gathered on Wednesday to explore solutions and ideas at the Philanthropitch Stakeholder Presentation & Happy Hour. Stakeholders assembled at The Refinery to hear from previous Philanthropitch finalists Chelsea Elliot of  half Helen, Matt Stephenson of Code2College, and Colin Kendrick of Black Fret discuss how Philanthropitch served their mission, what valuable tools they gained, what lessons they learned and what challenges they’re facing now.

Check out the original pitches for half Helen, Code2College, and Black Fret:

Chelsea discussed  how halfHelen is focused on solving barriers to deploying their product, Matt shared how Code2College’s pressing issue is sourcing more internships for high schoolers. Lastly, Colin expressed Black Fret’s challenge is launching a new chapter of Black Fret in another market in order to replicate its mission in a new city.

From there, the attendees broke out into three groups to work with each nonprofit leader and the Notley team to brainstorm resources, opportunities, and ideas for overcoming obstacles to scaling. When community leaders collaborate to generate innovative solutions, it ultimately generates powerful and disseminating impact, not to mention spreads awareness and creates buy-in, attracting new supporters to your cause. .

These community leaders have taken an active interest in accelerating the growth and expanding reach of some incredible nonprofit organizations into new communities around the world. The Friends of Philanthropitch program is an annual giving network of social impact supporters. Comprised of thought leaders, business owners, philanthropically-minded innovators, each Friend of Philanthropitch donates annual gifts that increase the impact of nonprofits worldwide through their support of Philanthropitch.


Thank you to the Friends of Philanthropitch who joined us last night to celebrate some amazing organizations and brainstorm solutions to scale these missions in a powerful and dynamic way. To become a Friend of Philanthropitch, visit philanthropitch.org/friends and explore the different levels in which you can make an impact.

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Check out halfHelen, Code2College, and Black Fret to learn about the other ways that you can get involved with these innovative organizations.

Special thank you to Kendall and John Antonelli of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop for making the evening possible (and delicious!) and to Canvas at The Refinery for hosting us in their beautiful event space.


Check out photos from the event:

Briana Loeb