Audience Choice Winner!

In July 2015, TOPS submitted an application to participate in Tucson’s Social Venture Partners (SVP) Fast Pitch competition. This two-month intensive mentoring program hones nonprofit leaders’ abilities to effectively communicate their mission, and connects them with community partners who can move their organizations forward.

TOPS was chosen as one of fifteen organizations to participate and our Development Director, Debbie Allen, was paired with two incredible mentors from the community – Pam Treadwell-Rubin and Marsha Klipsch. These two savvy professionals helped Debbie craft her 3 minute pitch and make it to the finals. Debbie was one of 7 finalists to present her pitch to over 500 event-goers at the Tucson Jewish Convention Center on November 12th. Debbie’s story moved the crowd to tears and applause, and Debbie walked away with the the Audience Choice award for the evening, and a check for $2500 dollars from the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona!

Thank you to Social Venture Partners for this great opportunity! Thank you to the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. And thank you to our Tucson nonprofit community! Together, we make a difference!

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