Finalists Named in the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge

Three nonprofit organizations compete for prize money on October 4

(September 7, 2018 | New Orleans, LA) The Greater New Orleans Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of three local nonprofits as finalists for Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge, which is made possible thanks to generous support from the Kresge Foundation, Chevron, and Lorraine and Scott Chotin. On Thursday, October 4, 2018, Family Service of Greater New Orleans, Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, and Louisiana Green Corps will pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center, 1205 N. Rampart Street from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Now in its sixth year, Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge will fund a novel approach, an innovative product, a new process, or an innovative service that supports a unique way of doing business in the nonprofit sector. Top prize is $25,000 with second and third place winners receiving $7,500 and $5,000 respectively.

“Rethinking your work can lead to novel and innovative solutions that benefit the entire community,” said Joann Ricci, vice president of organizational effectiveness at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “The Greater New Orleans Foundation is proud to partner with the Kresge Foundation, Chevron, and Lorraine and Scott Chotin to encourage nonprofits to find those solutions that lead improved service delivery, increased efficiency, or reach of new populations in need.”

The winner will be selected by the following panel of judges:

  • J. Scott Chotin, Civic Leader and Philanthropist
  • Lauren Buggs, Public Affairs Representative, Chevron
  • Yvette Ruiz, Vice President, Office on Nonprofit Engagement, JPMorgan Chase
  • Michael Shaw, Program Officer Human Services, The Kresge Foundation

Since 2012, Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge has awarded nearly $190,000 to local nonprofits dedicated to improving their work and community impact. The mission of the Greater New Orleans Foundation is to drive positive impact through philanthropy, leadership and action. Through its Organizational Effectiveness Initiative, the Greater New Orleans Foundation is supporting the regions nonprofits by ensuring they benefit from good management and strong governance, allowing them to better deliver programs that serve the community. In 2018 so far, the Organizational Effectiveness Initiative has led 29 learning opportunities with 795 attendees covering a variety of topics, including board governance, financial management and leadership development.