Powered by Philanthropitch, the social impact fast pitch competition, United Way of Greater Austin (UWATX) will be presenting a social innovation award to the winner of Click for the Cause, a United Way program designed to build social clout and infuse funding into local nonprofits. United Way of Greater Austin will present their award to the Grand Prize Winner of Click for the Cause on stage at Philanthropitch Austin on May 8 at the Lyndon B. Johnson Auditorium. Tickets available here.
Click for the Cause spotlights five local nonprofits who are developing new products, services or ways of working that advance United Way’s mission of fighting poverty in Austin. Each nonprofit has been vetted by United Way of Greater Austin’s Mission Advancement Committee and is set to compete in weekly social media campaigns to gather votes for their socially innovative idea starting April 7, 2018.
Participating nonprofits include Thinkery, Latinitas, Open Door, Foundation Communities, and AVANCE.
Innovative platforms like Philanthropitch and Click for the Cause give nonprofits the opportunity to obtain new donations sources that help fund new programs or initiatives without needing to channel existing funds from other sources. These programs redefine how communities award charitable donations and allow the Austin community the chance to choose winning solutions to some of city’s biggest social problems.
“United Way for Greater Austin and Notley Ventures have teamed up to create a unique opportunity for our nonprofit partners,” said Ray Blue, Chief Development Officer at United Way of Greater Austin. “It’s exciting to see cross-sector initiatives like Click for the Cause, which push organizations to think about getting after their mission in new ways.”
By participating in Click for the Cause, Austinites are encouraged to vote daily for their favorite social innovation during a 3-week voting period. At the end of each week, UWATX will award that week’s winning nonprofit with $5,000. At the close of voting, the Grand Prize winner will be awarded $35,000 by UWATX and advance to present on stage at Philanthropitch Austin on May 8th.
To learn more about Philanthropitch Austin and how you can attend, visit www.philanthropitch.com.
To participate in Click for the Cause, go to www.unitedwayaustin.org/click-for-the-cause.
Philanthropitch is a social impact fast pitch competition that helps innovative nonprofits scale sustainable models. Founded in 2013 in Austin, Texas, Philanthropitch has awarded more than half a million dollars to empower nonprofits to expand their impact. Nonprofits that step into the Philanthropitch spotlight not only gain access to capital, they also get top-notch coaching and find new fans – including partners, mentors and passionate volunteers. Philanthropitch is an initiative of Notley, a catalyst for social innovation unlocking new opportunities with today’s impact organizations and changing communities. To learn more about Philanthropitch and get involved, visit www.philanthropitch.org.
About United Way of Greater Austin:
United Way for Greater Austin brings people, ideas and resources together to fight poverty in our community. We are compassion in action and are here to bring the community together in a united way –to serve as a convener of and backbone for powerful collaborations and to lead a collective fight against poverty. Since 1924, we have been dedicated to providing families and individuals in need with the tools and resources needed to thrive. We drive impact by partnering with and investing in efforts to address the immediate needs of families in poverty while also leading efforts to address long-term community change.
Notley is a catalyst for social innovation that unlocks new opportunities with today’s impact organizations and changing communities. Notley’s mission is to fund and support businesses, nonprofits, and programs making positive change and social impact in the world, which they do by creating an ecosystem where social good organizations can thrive. Notley was founded in 2015 by Dan Graham, founder of BuildASign.com, and his wife, Lisa as a way to leverage their own business and investing success. Notley partners with seed and early stage social impact companies and nonprofits ready to scale. For more information, please visit www.notleyventures.com.