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What caused all the excitement at Austin nonprofit pitch fest

Michael Barnes

I would have given each group $100,000. No, make that $1 million.

At the LBJ Auditorium, reps from each of seven nonprofits made their cases for three minutes at  Philanthropitch, then followed up with three minutes of answers to questions from six judges, all successful entrepreneurs.

That’s it. No stacks of paperwork. No hours of pleasing donors.

Just pure, compact rhetorical power. And oh yes, a good cause. And a plan that includes growth and internal sustainability. This is how the celebrity judges split up the money: