Irving business leaders awarded $38,000 to 17 nonprofits at a ceremony Dec. 14, for this year’s Share Tank program. The philanthropic grassroots education program matches businesses that want to improve the community with nonprofits that administer services in Irving.
The City of Irving partnered with the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau, Irving Arts Center, University of Dallas, The Study USA and Philanthropology LLC for the 2018 Share Tank program.
Share Tank provides a platform for Irving nonprofits to pitch project ideas benefiting the community to local business leaders who are interested in giving back. Share Tank Pitch Day took place Nov. 15, at Irving’s new innovation center, The Study USA. Participating nonprofits had seven minutes to deliver their pitches for a chance to be awarded a grant to help support their efforts. Business leaders had an allotted amount of time to ask questions.
To participate in Share Tank, nonprofit leaders were required to attend four half-day sessions in September and October to learn skills to promote and grow their organizations to better assist those in need. The sessions also prepared participants for their Share Tank pitches. The nonprofits support a variety of causes including homelessness, education, veteran’s assistance, health care, protective services and animal rescue.
This year, 36 nonprofits participated in the program. During the inaugural program in 2016, 27 nonprofits participated in Pitch Day, and a total of $25,000 in funding was awarded to 11 nonprofits. In 2017, a combined $30,000 was awarded to 16 nonprofits that participated in Pitch Day.
For more information, visit IrvingShareTank.com or call (214) 217-8484.