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Great Dames pitch contest application due June 1

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WILMINGTON – Great Dames is launching its second annual remarkable idea pitch competition for nonprofits, with applications due by June 1.

Great Dames is launching its second annual remarkable idea pitch competition for nonprofits, with applications due by June 1.

The pitch competition provides women innovators with funding, mentoring, and the opportunity to form a partnership with Great Dames to enhance their organization’s effectiveness.

The competition welcomes nonprofit and for-profit small businesses with a diverse array of mission-driven entities. The winner will receive a grand prize package valued at over $25,000, which includes a $10,000 cash award, access to a business mentor, and a comprehensive portfolio of business services.

The application requires a 3-minute video pitch explaining the significance of the work and how Great Dames’ grant and business resources can help enhance it.

The pitches will be judged on the organization’s approach, potential impact and effectiveness to use Great Dames’ resources.

The Giving Circle Pitch Competition will name three finalists to present before the organization online on July 23. The winner will be revealed on October 15.

Last year, Body Empowerment Project won the Giving Circle Pitch Competition. The nonprofit works to empower youth to find body acceptance, self-worth and raise awareness of eating disorders.

“All of our competition finalists are emerging women leaders who deserve recognition for creating innovative solutions to critical issues,” Great Dames President and CEO Sharon Kelly Hake said in a statement. “The pitch by Body Empowerment Project was a standout. What really impressed the Dames was that it had already impacted over 400 underserved adolescents and developed noteworthy partnerships with the School District of Philadelphia and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Those types of affiliations are difficult to secure, but co-founders Christina Miranda and Amanda Moreno, both medical students, are extraordinarily passionate about equitable health care.”

For more information, visit www.greatdames.com/giving-circle-grant-competition

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