See how three minutes can make a difference

The Winnipeg Foundation


Fast Pitch 2017
Fast Pitch 2017 participants at the Semi-Final.

For Immediate Release: Three minutes can seem incredibly short or infinitely long! Either way, 10 charitable organizations will try to make the most of their three minutes during the Fast Pitch Showcase, Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at The Met.

Learn about the amazing work being done by Winnipeg’s charities and discover how each organization would use grant money totaling $20,000 to build capacity and make a difference. You can help decide the People’s Choice winner through text-to-vote

The 10 finalists are:

  • Amanda Macrae, A&O: Support Services for Older Adults
  • Jeff Powell, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba
  • Roger Berrington, CanU
  • Matthew McCandless, International Institute for Sustainable Development – Experimental Lakes Area (IISD – ELA)
  • Cory Campbell, Project Neecheewam
  • Angela McCaughan, SSCOPE (Self-Starting Creative Opportunities for People in Employment)
  • Chelsea Jalloh, Sunshine House
  • Benita Kliewer, The WRENCH
  • Jack Jonasson, West End Cultural Centre
  • Mary Lobson, Winnipeg Children’s Access Agency

The event is co-hosted by Dave McLeod and Nadia Kidwai. Limited tickets to the event are on sale now for $25. Last year’s event sold out. Go to to purchase.

Fast Pitch Final Showcase
Thursday, March 23
The Met, 281 Donald Street
Doors at 6 p.m., Program at 7 p.m.

The Fast Pitch Showcase is the culmination of a 10-week coaching program coordinated by The Winnipeg Foundation. Skilled volunteers from the legal, financial, marketing and business sectors are teamed up with charitable community leaders to develop the Fast Pitches. The Fast Pitch program aims to build the capacity of, and create visibility for, Winnipeg’s charitable sector. The coaching process also helps build valuable relationships with members of Winnipeg’s business community. The initial 15 teams were whittled down to 10 during a Semi-Final event.

“Presenters and coaches have worked hard to prepare for this moment,” says Jennifer Partridge, Strategic Projects Associate with The Winnipeg Foundation. “But more than just a competition, it’s about building connections, showcasing the impressive work going on in our city and celebrating Winnipeggers’ generosity.”

“The Foundation’s vision is ‘a Winnipeg where community life flourishes for all.’ Fast Pitch is one of the ways we’re working to fulfil this vision, and to build our philanthropic community,” says Foundation CEO Richard Frost.

Built by people from all walks of life, The Winnipeg Foundation pools and invests gifts entrusted to it in order to generate grants that benefit a variety of local charitable needs For Good. Forever. Established in 1921, we’re proud to be Canada’s first community foundation.

For more info about Fast Pitch, go to

Fast Pitch sponsors: MLT Aikins; Creaddo Group; Fillmore Riley; National Bank Financial - Silicz Birdsall Advisory Group; TDS Law.

- 30 -

For more information, or to get in touch with presenters and coaches, please contact:

Richard L. Frost, CEO
944.9474 ext. 223
Email Rick

LuAnn Lovlin, Director of Communications
204.781.9336 (cell)
Email LuAnn