The three finalists in the Pitch It! innovation challenge will present their ideas in a public pitch to a panel of judges at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans.
Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge 2014 supports breakthrough ideas in the nonprofit field with awards totaling $37,500. It is presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation in partnership with the Kresge Foundation and Chevron.
“We’re constantly turning to our nonprofits to tackle the problems of a fast-changing society,” said Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “Like for-profits, nonprofits have to be flexible and visionary, open to new opportunities and innovative in how they deliver their services.”
The three presenting finalists for 2014 are New Orleans Kids Partnership, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, and VIA LINK.
The New Orleans Kids Partnership has proposed a Louisiana Mentor Match to create an interactive online platform to increase the number, strengthen the quality and enhance the impact of adult-youth mentoring relationships.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana has proposed a program to use aquaponics to grow organic and sustainably cultivated food for hungry, distressed communities.
VIA LINK has proposed using texting to help young people in crisis access assistance within their comfort zone.
The judges will be Sakari Morrison, manager of policy, government and public affairs at Chevron; Earl Robinson, president of PowerMoves.NOLA; Michael Shaw, program officer for human services at the Kresge Foundation; and Matt Wisdom, co-founder and CEO of TurboSquid.
Jeanne Bell, CEO of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, will deliver a keynote speech focusing on innovation in nonprofits.