Our Mission

Our mission is to engage women in local philanthropy and to collectively fund grants to nonprofit initiatives that serve King County, Washington. Through our internal pitch process, our members educate their peers about unmet needs in the community by championing the causes about which they are most passionate. Pitch Your Peers is committed to promoting volunteerism, informed philanthropy, and collaborative giving, as well as to fostering connections among women looking to share and grow their interests in these areas.

Our Membership Diversity Commitment

In order to ensure that PYP Seattle’s membership represents the vast diversity of King County and the breadth of communities that we aim to serve, we intend to consider only women of color for membership for the next three years (2021-2023). To learn more about this commitment and our other diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, click here.

In 2020, PYP Seattle awarded $200,000 in grants to three well-deserving King County nonprofits whose mission promotes racial equity.  Since 2017, PYP Seattle’s grant awards total $432,000!

2021 Grant Champions

Pitching Center for Children & Youth Justice – LINC Program:

Megan Wells

Pitching Low Income Housing Institute – Tiny House Village Program:

Milah Frownfelter

Molly Shearer

Pitching YouthCare – South Seattle Shelter:

Beth Flume

Emily Arnsdorf

Kim Kamolz

Upcoming Events And Reminders For Current Members

DEI Restart & Brainstorming Session

Date: September 30, 2021

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Location: Zoom (Zoom details to be sent via email)

All PYP Seattle members are invited to join us as we restart our DEI committee with a brainstorming session.  We’d love to hear what you want to learn and accomplish together as we continue our diversity, equity and inclusion work.

5th Annual PYP Seattle Pitch Night

Date: October 20, 2021

Time: 7pm - 9:30pm

Location: Zoom

This is the only required PYP event. Please make every effort to be there. You won’t want to miss it!

Pitched Nonprofit Exploration Period

Start date: October 21, 2021

End date: November 19, 2021

The Pitched Nonprofit Exploration Period is a time for members to follow up and learn more about the nonprofits pitched to us. Our Grant Champions will plan opportunities to get to know the nonprofits and you will receive Evites to each event — please RSVP to the Evites.

Online Voting Window

Start date: November 22, 2021

End date: November 23, 2021

You’ll have two days to anonymously cast your online vote to help us decide how to allocate our 2021 grant pool. A link to the ballot will be emailed to you when voting opens on 11/22.

5th Annual Grant Recipient Celebration

Date: December 3, 2021

After all of our work is done, we’ll present our grant recipients with their checks and party the night away!  Significant others invited.

Video – 2020 Grant Cycle Recap

Member Testimonials

PYP Seattle is a great way to get more involved in the community in a variety of ways – as a financial contributor to a program/organization in need: as a neighbor getting to know others in the area in deeper and more meaningful ways; and as a woman banding together with other strong, successful women to really make a difference.

I feel like I have less and less time, and PYP is a great way to combine being with talented, interesting, like-minded people, and also doing something great for a charity in our community. Combining funds really allows our members to make a big impact on a local organization. I am honored to be part of this group!

I find my participation in PYP to be one of the most meaningful, well organized, impactful, and inspiring ways that I spend my time.

As a participant of PYP, it is empowering to be part of a group of like-minded women, each with diverse backgrounds and experiences, come together to give back in meaningful ways within our local community.

I feel more connected to Seattle’s local charities (or at least more knowledgeable). It was really inspiring to hear how passionate our PYP members are about the charities they support. I also loved the opportunity to get to know a few more women, and hope to connect with even more of the group in the future.

The impact we made as small group of women is commendable. PYP gives our peers a chance to show off the causes that are near and dear to their hearts and to learn about all the great organizations that are out in the Seattle area.

 

This is a fabulous way to meet like-minded individuals while making a difference in our community. The leaders make this journey fun and easy!

 

Congratulations to our 2020 Grant Recipients