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T9 Pitchfest Nonprofit Edition

We’re in the business of supporting women owning, risking, and leading. We support athletes, adventurers, entrepreneurs, activists, and any woman daring to change her world and the world around her.

In 2022, Pitchfest Nonprofit Edition (NPE) focuses close to home with California-based women leaders in the nonprofit sector. At Pitchfest, finalists will tell us their stories, pitch their programs, and win some cash to build their organizations. We hope to add a whole new group of entrepreneurial activists to our team of women leaders.

T9 Pitchfest Nonprofit Edition

We’re in the business of supporting women owning, risking, and leading. We support athletes, adventurers, entrepreneurs, activists, and any woman daring to change her world and the world around her.

In 2022, Pitchfest Nonprofit Edition (NPE) focuses close to home with California-based women leaders in the nonprofit sector. At Pitchfest, finalists will tell us their stories, pitch their programs, and win some cash to build their organizations. We hope to add a whole new group of entrepreneurial activists to our team of women leaders.

Pitchfest NPE focuses on women-run programs serving women and girls in the following areas:

SPORTS & OUTDOORS: Empowering women and girls to move, grow, and adventure

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: Supporting every person’s right to bodily autonomy

POLITICS & LEADERSHIP: Eliminating the barriers to elected leadership and inspiring women and girls to step up in all aspects of their lives.

Applications for Pitchfest NPE 2022 are now closed. Stay tuned to learn about our finalists and hear about the event!

Pitchfest NPE 2021 - Wrapped


Check out the video above for a quick recap of our inaugural Pitchfest Nonprofit Edition.

Our 2021 Winners

Hooray! Everybody’s a winner! ...Though we do mean that in an inspiring, metaphoric way, we’re also talking about MONEY.

Impassioned by every pitch, our judges ensured each participating organization received at least $1000 in funding to help continue their missions. (A little better than a participation trophy, right?)

But this WAS a Pitchfest, so yes: four additional winners took home a little (or a lot!) more. Drumroll, please. The 2021 Pitchfest NPE titles go to:

Freedom Community Clinic

Freedom Community Clinic

Represented by Bernadette Lim & Eli Jimenez, Co-founders

Bernadette Lim and Eli Jimenez wowed us with stories of their resilient, immigrant mothers and how their experiences searching for healthcare in the United States inspired their own work today. They brought us their drive, their vision, and the framework for Freedom Community Clinic – which aims to provide whole-person healthcare to under-resourced communities around the Bay Area. What could we do in the face of that, except give them $10,000? No idea. So we just did that.

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Gaia passages

Gaia passages

Represented by Kathren Murrell Stevenson, Operations Director

Gaia Passages provides young people with opportunities to connect with the Earth and each other. In a moving pitch, Operations Director Kathren Murrell Stevenson showed us how extra funding could help them expand their Rites of Passage initiative: a three-year program built to guide and mentor girls through those critical early teenage years. Gaia Passages received $5000 to continue their mission to demystify and diversify the outdoors.

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Girls Crushing It

Girls Crushing It

Represented by Roxanne Christophe, Founder

Roxanne Christophe founded Girls Crushing It to give girls a place to turn their creative ideas into their own empowered businesses. The entrepreneurship program is designed to instill confidence, leadership skills and financial savvy via courses on branding and marketing, finance and accounting, investing and more. In recognition for their awesomeness, we were excited to give them one of two third place prizes – $3000.

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The Practice Space

The Practice Space

Represented by AnnMarie Baines, Founder

Another $3000 was given to Ann Marie Baines to support programming in The Practice Space: a nonprofit organization offering camps, school-based programs and private lessons to help underrepresented Bay Area youth practice communication skills. The Practice Space works to give young girls the tools to authentically express themselves – and gain the confidence to be fearless in doing so. In other words: they rock!

Learn more

Freedom Community Clinic

Freedom Community Clinic

Represented by Bernadette Lim & Eli Jimenez, Co-founders

Bernadette Lim and Eli Jimenez wowed us with stories of their resilient, immigrant mothers and how their experiences searching for healthcare in the United States inspired their own work today. They brought us their drive, their vision, and the framework for Freedom Community Clinic – which aims to provide whole-person healthcare to under-resourced communities around the Bay Area. What could we do in the face of that, except give them $10,000? No idea. So we just did that.

Learn more

Gaia Passages

Gaia passages

Represented by Kathren Murrell Stevenson, Operations Director

Gaia Passages provides young people with opportunities to connect with the Earth and each other. In a moving pitch, Operations Director Kathren Murrell Stevenson showed us how extra funding could help them expand their Rites of Passage initiative: a three-year program built to guide and mentor girls through those critical early teenage years. Gaia Passages received $5000 to continue their mission to demystify and diversify the outdoors.

Learn more

Girls Crushing It

Girls Crushing It

Represented by Roxanne Christophe, Founder

Roxanne Christophe founded Girls Crushing It to give girls a place to turn their creative ideas into their own empowered businesses. The entrepreneurship program is designed to instill confidence, leadership skills and financial savvy via courses on branding and marketing, finance and accounting, investing and more. In recognition for their awesomeness, we were excited to give them one of two third place prizes – $3000.

Learn more

The Practice Space

The Practice Space

Represented by AnnMarie Baines, Founder

Another $3000 was given to Ann Marie Baines to support programming in The Practice Space: a nonprofit organization offering camps, school-based programs and private lessons to help underrepresented Bay Area youth practice communication skills. The Practice Space works to give young girls the tools to authentically express themselves – and gain the confidence to be fearless in doing so. In other words: they rock!

Learn more

Congratulations to all the winners of our First Annual Pitchfest NPE – and here’s to the next one!

FAQ’s

What about covid-19?

The safety of our teammates and our community is our top priority. For now, we are opening the Pitchfest NPE application as planned in hopes we will be able to safely meet the finalists in person at an outdoor event where we can observe appropriate social distancing and safety practices. If that isn't possible, we will host Pitchfest NPE virtually. So, either way: game on!

What do you win?

• A chance to win a grand prize of up to $10,000 in funding.

• Pre-event virtual mentorship.

• Organizations serving girls will receive an annual subscription to Alliance for Girls ($200 value).

• Organizations focused on sports/fitness will receive promotional support from T9 Mermaid Series.

• Monthly Zoom meetings with all Pitchfest Nonprofit finalists to share learnings, support.

• Quarterly knowledge sharing with T9 experts (such as HR, Accounting, Social Media, Marketing) and a bi-annual joint meeting with T9 Movers & Makers.

• Promotion of your events and campaigns through T9 social channels.

• T9 swag and goodie bag.

When do you apply for Pitchfest Nonprofit Edition?

• Applications for Pitchfest NPE 2022 are now closed. Sign up for Title Nine emails to get info on future Pitchfest events.


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To learn more about our Pitchfests, check out the 2021 Pitchfest Nonprofit recap and our original Pitchfest Outdoor Edition.