Time to make your pitch

June 9, 2024 BY

Three community groups will have the chance to present their compelling stories at a virtual crowdfunding event, seeking vital funds for their projects in this year’s SharkPitch event.

United Way Glenelg is inviting groups that are running innovative or new programs, with a focus on providing health, education, or financial stability opportunities to the residents of Glenelg Shire community to apply.

Teaming up with AWA Alliance Bank, United Way Glenelg aims to provide guaranteed funding of at least $10,000 per community group, matching pledges made by audience members during the event. This means that every dollar raised on the night, up to $6,000, will be matched.

AWA Alliance Bank CEO Gavin Heathcote said AWA Alliance Bank was proud to partner with United Way Glenelg in supporting the SharkPitch event and offering funding opportunities to community groups.

“Innovative programs can make a real difference in people’s lives,” he said. “By matching the pledges made by the audience, we aim to maximise the impact of these community initiatives and contribute to building a stronger, more inclusive community.”

United Way Glenelg executive officer Nicole Carr (pictured) said SharkPitch was a unique platform to connect donors and community groups in an entirely innovative way.

“It allows individuals who wish to give back, whether financially, through their time, or with services and products, to connect directly with established community groups that require support,” she said.

“Community groups can enhance the skills of their staff and volunteers, receiving personalised guidance in areas such as public speaking, pitching, and self-marketing.”

To help each ‘pitcher’ effectively articulate their request, United Way Glenelg, as part of the package, will provide pitch coaching. This coaching empowers pitchers with confidence on the night, creating a relaxed atmosphere.

During the event, each pitcher will have six minutes to captivate a live and virtual audience, inspiring them to pledge their support.

Powerhouse Productions will collaborate with all three groups to develop one-minute videos showcasing their impactful work. This opportunity will provide valuable exposure, enabling them to connect with potential volunteers, funders, and the wider community in the future.

Since 2019, SharkPitch events have successfully raised more than $270,000 for community projects.

Submissions, which close at the end of the month, can be made through the following link: https://uwg.grantplatform.com/

Mark your calendars and get ready to join attend the virtual event on Tuesday, September 3, at 7pm.