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Aug 7, 2018

First Annual Philanthropitch Columbus Competition Scheduled for March 4, 2019

During SocialVentures’ annual Positioned to Prosper event, which took place on August 7 at the Columbus Museum of Art, Allen Proctor, President & CEO, SocialVentures, announced that SocialVentures will co-host the first annual Philanthropitch in Columbus on March 4, 2019. Philanthropitch is a social impact fast-pitch competition on a mission to scale innovative nonprofits. Presented by Kiwanis Club of Columbus and co-hosted by SocialVentures, Philanthropitch Columbus will take place at the Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre in the Riffe Center Theatre Complex.

Philanthropitch is a celebration of nonprofit innovation expanding nationally after successful events in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Philanthropitch accelerates nonprofits by providing the risk capital they need to expand their impact and fund initiatives that aren’t covered by traditional grants. Founded in 2013 in Austin, Philanthropitch has awarded more than $900,000 over its 5-year history. The first annual Philanthropitch Columbus will showcase a high-impact group of innovative nonprofits in Columbus.

With an application period opening later this year, Philanthropitch Columbus selects participating nonprofits based on the scalability and sustainability of their impact-based model. Philanthropitch is operated by Notley, a catalyst for social innovation on a mission to scale and support businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and programs making positive change in the world.

Philanthropitch is redefining how corporations and communities award charitable donations while establishing an ecosystem that prizes social innovation in the nonprofit sector. Instead of attending the traditional fundraising gala, audience members can vote for their favorite nonprofit finalist to receive the event’s ticket proceeds as part of the Audience Choice Award.

The Philanthropitch Columbus social impact pitch competition features a judges’ panel including Doug Ulman, President & CEO of Pelotonia and Columbus 2017 Nonprofit CEO of the Year. Additional judges will be announced later this year representing Columbus’ community of successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists investing in nonprofit innovation.

Corporate teams also have an opportunity to participate in Philanthropitch as corporate supporters during the branded check presentation of the awards. Current Columbus corporate supporters include Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Opportunities to become a judge, sponsor or corporate supporter are available for local individuals and organizations interested in getting involved. Contact the Philanthropitch team at to learn more or visit