You’ve got 5 minutes to MAKE YOUR PITCH so make it COUNT!
In a matter of five minutes you’ve got to be able to tell what your charity does, what kind of impact you make and what specifically you would do with the award money. The women sitting in this room have come and are committed to 100 Women Who Care BECAUSE of the simplicity, the quick decisiveness and the camaraderie of seeing all the great work in our community. Use the time you have given to make a huge impact. Even if you aren’t chosen as the benefactor for the night, you have had the audience of change makers in The Battlefords listening to you and learning about your charity...use it wisely.
You need to be able to tell the story of the work your organization does in under one minute. Drawn out explanations lose people easily.
Be sure to think of a way to tie in a personal story of those you impact with the work you do so that the group has a very clear understanding and hopefully a connection to that work.
Show them the MONEY! Where will the money go! The people in the room are ready to make a wise choice about where they donate. Those that struggle to define where their hard earned money will go once they write that cheque will find it hard to vote for that charity. We’re not talking about detailed financial statements but rather a strong description of what the funds will be supporting. It could be general operating budget to help grow a new local organization; it could be for materials to distribute as a part of the program’s work.
[Adapted from 100 Women Who Care Chicago website]