Pitch10-The Non-Profit Competition for Millennials

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in ComLead, Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations

Millennials have been a hot topic for quite some time now and rightfully so considering the fact that they will becomengu-logoe the next leaders of the world. United Way of Erie County has developed a way to tap into this generation through the creation of Next Generation United, an affinity group initiative aimed at younger donors with a focus to draw new leaders interested in building a stronger community.

Next Generation United offers individuals the opportunity to work on community projects, participate in networking and mentorship opportunities, as well as skill building for designing and implementing community change. They are led by a 22 person advisory board and 150 people have already opted in for mailings and event notifications.

With all of the success being seen by other pitch competitions such as Shark Tank and 43North, the Next Generation United has brought to buffalo Pitch10.  The competition is aimed at small, grassroots organizations who MUST (it is one of the qualifications) be led by a millennial executive or board member. The event is slated to take place on November 10th and will aim to bring together 10 finalists who will pitch their ideas for a community program/service in hopes of winning one of the 3 grants at stake ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.  Next Generation United members attending the event will vote on the 3 winners.

United Way is looking to Next Generation United “to develop novel ways to engage the community by creating a process to invest one-time grants in programs in United Way priority areas.”  It is exciting that non-profit organizations are recognizing the value millennials can bring and the fresh perspective they have as well.

Make sure to check back later in November to see which millennial led organizations walk away with the 3 grants up for grabs.

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