Philanthropitch, the social impact fast-pitch event that helps innovative nonprofits scale sustainable models, today announced the 7 finalists destined to take the stage in the live, audience participation event. Presented by The Bank of San Antonio, finalists including Youth Code Jam, Hemisfair Conservancy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, VETTED, Reasoning Mind, Restore Education, and MOVE San Antonio will participate in the first annual event on February 27th in the H-E-B Performance Hall of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available now at the Tobin Center website.

“Philanthropitch San Antonio provides the opportunity to view our nonprofit through the lens of a startup seeking venture capital. It’s a very different look from traditional philanthropy in terms of how we seek to scale our work. It stretches and challenges us to think differently. Such a fun process!” said Robert Parker, MD, Board Chair for Youth Code Jam.

 Each nonprofit finalist undergoes nearly 2 months of review before being selected by the Philanthropitch team based on the scalability and sustainability of their impact-based model. Over 40 San Antonio area nonprofits applied to participate in the city’s first Philanthropitch event to pitch for human and financial capital, volunteers, mentoring opportunities and more. The live event is co-hosted on stage by The Bank of San Antonio Chairman, J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., and Notley Co-Founder, Lisa Graham.

“We are honored to be the presenting sponsor for the first annual Philanthropitch San Antonio at The Tobin,” said J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Chairman of the Board of The Bank of San Antonio. “This event will showcase our city’s innovative nonprofit community and enable future growth.”

Pitch judges include successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists who invest their personal funds into nonprofit finalists of their choice. The list of judges include:

  • Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, President & CEO of San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
  •  Lew Moorman, Founder & General Partner of Scaleworks
  • John Eadie, Founder & Managing Director of Covenant
  • Cristal Glangchai, Founding Director of the Blackstone Launchpad at The University of Texas at Austin; Author of VentureGirls
  • Kate Rogers, Executive Vice President of The Holdsworth Center
  • Lisa Fullerton, President & CEO of A Novel Idea

Philanthropitch is redefining how corporations and communities award charitable donations while establishing an ecosystem that prizes social innovation in the nonprofit sector. Instead of attending the traditional fundraising gala, audience members can text-to-vote for their favorite nonprofit finalist to receive the event’s ticket proceeds as part of the Audience Choice Award.

“At Notley, we’re excited to bring Philanthropitch’s social impact fast-pitch event to San Antonio’s community of purpose-driven nonprofits,” said Lisa Graham, Co-founder of Notley. “The Philanthropitch model is about channeling best practices and expanding upon the most impactful programs. Through this event, we hope to spread socially-minded approaches that are scalable and sustainable across our communities.”

Corporate teams also attend Philanthropitch and collectively evaluate the finalist pitches to decide which nonprofits receive their business’s funds on stage during a branded check presentation. San Antonio corporate supporters include Valero, HOLT CAT, DOCUmation, USAA and Argo Group.

Nonprofits walk away from the event not only with the capital to implement their model, but also new skills-based volunteers, donors and coaches for ongoing success. Founded in 2013 in Austin, Philanthropitch has awarded more than $500,000 to empower nonprofits to expand their impact.

The first annual Philanthropitch San Antonio is sponsored in part by The Bank of San Antonio, The Tobin Endowment, Overland Partners, The 80/20 Foundation, NatureSweet, Whataburger and Covenant. To learn more, visit or visit the Tobin Center website.

About Philanthropitch

Philanthropitch is a social impact fast-pitch event that helps innovative nonprofits scale sustainable models. Founded in 2013 in Austin, Texas, Philanthropitch has awarded more than half a million dollars to empower nonprofits to expand their impact. Nonprofits that step into the Philanthropitch spotlight not only gain access to capital, they also get top-notch coaching and find new fans – including partners, mentors and passionate volunteers. Philanthropitch is an initiative of Notley, a catalyst for social innovation unlocking new opportunities with today’s impact organizations and changing communities. To learn more about Philanthropitch and get involved, visit

About Notley

Notley is a catalyst for social innovation that unlocks new opportunities with today’s impact organizations and changing communities. Notley’s mission is to fund and support businesses, nonprofits, and programs making positive change and social impact in the world, which they do by creating an ecosystem where social good organizations can thrive. Notley was founded in 2015 by Dan Graham, founder of, and his wife, Lisa as a way to leverage their own business and investing success. Notley partners with seed and early stage social impact companies and nonprofits ready to scale. For more information, please visit

About The Bank of San Antonio

Connect to the power of service integration. At The Bank of San Antonio clients have access to a full array of business banking resources, plus wealth advisors and insurance experts – all in one place and focused on business owners and their teams.  The Bank of San Antonio started in 2007 when a group of local investors brought a new business model to banking in San Antonio, one based on strong relationships, concierge-quality service, knowledgeable strategies and world-class resources. Today, The Bank of San Antonio has $716 million in assets and continues to grow in size and reputation.