Your Fast Pitch event today was amazing!  I loved the guest speaker, Jose Fernandez who is

an amazing speaker and an inspiration to "Reach for the Stars!"


Diane Barrett, Volunteer Coordinator

(760) 835-1461

In All - Over 200 people participated during the day-long event

Below is the story of our Fast Pitch participants

Nonprofit Conference

and Desert Fast Pitch

Presented in partnership with Southern California Grantmakers

Southern California Grantmakers

October 26, 2016 - Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Rancho Mirage, CA

"The Changing Lives, Making Impact conference was extremely interesting and a great networking opportunity. 
I particularly thought the workshop on the 2015 State of Nonprofits in Riverside County was very helpful for me 
as a nonprofit ED.  I also shared the key takeaways with my staff in regards to the report and they realized the 
impact nonprofits have on the economy and our community.

Thank you for this conference and looking forward to next year."

Lisa M. Jimenez, M.S.
Executive Director
Rancho Mirage
Braille Institute


8:00 AM Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 Welcome – Mark Moran, Chairman of RAP Foundation

8:45 – 10:00 Jonathan Weedman, Wells Fargo Foundation, SVP

10:00 -10:15 Audience questions of speaker

10:15 – 10:30 Break and networking

10:30 – 12:00 Workshops

  1. Telling Your Financial Story: How to more effectively use your audits and 990s to tell your story and learn how funders are looking at your numbers.   - David Greco, Social Sector Partners
  2. Digital Communications, Kim ’Kat’ Shepherd
  3. The Inland Empire Funders Alliance - What funders are looking for – Rossina Gallegos (Union Bank), Amy Sausser (Consultant), Margarita Luna (The California Endowment)

12:00 – 12:40 Lunch (buffet set-up) Sponsored in Part by Clearinghouse CDFI.

12:40 - 12:45 Brief presentation by Clearinghouse CDFI

12:45 – 2:15 Lunch speaker – Jan Masaoka, Cal. Assn. of Nonprofits

            The Real Cost of Running a Nonprofit

             Panel Discussion with Belen Vargas (Weingart Foundation), Dom Betro (Family Services Association) – Moderated by David Greco, Social Sector Partners.

2:15- 2:45 Break and networking

2:45 – 3:15 Fast Pitch competition (Six finalist organizations delivering a 3 minute pitch, listed in alphabetical order)

  • Desert Best Friend's Closet
  • Focus on Student Success
  • Galilee Center
  • Integrated Learning Institute
  • LGBT Community Center
  • Voices for Children

3:15- 3:40 Judges’ deliberation and the audience listens to Jose M. Hernandez, former NASA      astronaut, author, and founder of Reaching for the Stars, a nonprofit

3:40 -3:50 Judges’ announcements and award presentations

3:50 - 4:00 Thank you for attending

If you work in or for a nonprofit organization you need to:




FIRST5 Riverside


The California Endowment



Desert Healthcare District


Lunch Sponsored In Part By:

Clearinghouse CDFI



Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco



Union Bank



Wells Fargo Bank






Media Sponsor


KVCR Media Sponsor




Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo



Desert Community Foundation


The Community Foundation



Inland Empire Health Plan



Altura Credit Union


CalNonprofits Insurance


Chandi Group USA


Community Action Partnership


Desert Insurance Solutions


First Foundation Bank


Integrated Wealth Management


Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest



Riverside County Board of Supervisors - John J. Benoit

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