What is the Perfect Pitch?

You may have heard that GMN is hosting the Perfect Pitch contest this summer. But you may not know what a perfect pitch is, or why it matters to grants managers. Here are some details to get you excited about the opportunity to participate!

What’s a perfect pitch?

A perfect pitch is a combination of compelling words, enthusiastic presentation, and action-provoking ideas. GMN is looking for the perfect pitch for top leaders in foundations where grants managers work. Imagine you walk into the elevator and find yourself face-to-face with the CEO of your foundation, who casually said, “Hi, don’t I know you?” They may know your face and even your name, but this elevator ride represents the best opportunity you will ever have to capture their imagination about what you do. If you can achieve that, you’ve created the perfect pitch.

How do I participate?

Sign up and you’ll hear from one of our contest coaches, a senior grants manager GMN member who will help you work on the key elements of your perfect pitch, from your value proposition to your vocal presentation. No public speaking experience is required–you’ll learn everything you need to know from one of our coaches.

What’s involved in the live webcast?

Later this summer (date TBA), GMN will host a live webcast where participants will have the opportunity to deliver their 3-minute perfect pitch to their peers, other GMN members, who will vote on qualities like presentation skills, content, and overall nature of the pitches. A winner will be rewarded with the opportunity to receive one-on-one professional coaching from a renowned career expert.

Who can participate?

The contest is open only to current GMN members, so if you aren’t a member, now is the time to join!

Got more questions, or comments?

Head over to the members-only discussion thread about the Perfect Pitch contest and let us know what you’re thinking!



Nikki Powell

Nikki Powell is PEAK Grantmaking's communications and practices director. You can find her on Twitter @nikkiwpowell.