Originally written on the Philanthropitch blog.
It was standing room only in the Junior Achievement's Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center for the inaugural Philanthropitch in Atlanta introduced by ChooseATL. The excitement on the stage and in the crowd made for a night of high energy and community engagement.
Seven local nonprofit organizations each presented a three-minute pitch before a panel of six judges and an audience of more than 200 for funding to expand or scale truly innovative solutions to issues impacting their community. Our judges and sponsors were so impressed they increased their funding on the spot, raising our investment total from $55,000 to $61,500.
Rohit Malhotra, Center for Civic Innovation, was our MC for the night. In addition to inspiring the audience with his passionate introduction to social impact in Atlanta, he also had them singing Outkast lyrics and laughing to nonprofit jokes only a philanthropically engaged community could love.
We’re taking a much deserved weekend off, and then we will be back at work planning for Philanthropitch Atlanta 2017.
Philanthropitch Atlanta 2016 Awards
Audience Choice Award: The Scholarship Academy
EO Atlanta Award: The Community Guild STE(A)M Truck
Sage Foundation Award: Next Generation Men
- Community Farmers Market: $13,500
- GCAPP: $2,000
- Moving in the Spirit: $2,000
- Next Generation Men: $17,500
- re:imagine/ATL: $4,000
- Scholarship Academy: $10,000
- STE(A)M Truck: $12,500