Calling all nominations!

Just two months until Pitchfest and we're curious: who will you pick to pitch? That's right -- it's up to all of you.



As you ponder who you'll pick, let's do a quick re-cap: 

Illustration by @libbyvanderploeg

Step 1: Join Power of 100

Don't forget to sign up! Only members have the power to nominate one community organization each year. By joining, you commit to donating $100/year to our Pitchfest winner selected by you and 99 others and you join a tribe of collaborative, community-minded women and non-binary friends.


Step 2:  Nominate.

Fill out this nomination form by August 31. We'll review your nominations with support from a formidable panel of guest judges who represent diverse experience as local activists, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Three honorees will be selected to present at our Pitchfest on Wednesday, October 10 from 6-8pm at 514 Studios in the North Loop. If your nominee is chosen to present, we'll ask you to introduce the nonprofit and its spokesperson at our Pitchfest. The deadline for nominations is August 31.


Step 3: Buy ticket and attend Pitchfest

Tickets go on sale in early September. At Pitchfest, you'll meet and mingle with 100 community-minded women & non-binary friends at our super fun, super casual weeknight reception with drinks and light apps sponsored by Twin Cities Start Up Week, Cox Insurance, Food Gallery Catering, and Rose & Co. You'll listen to three community leaders present on their mission + work, then you and 99 others will vote for your favorite. *DRUM ROLL* the winner is announced and we each contribute $100 directly, totaling up to $10,000 for one inspiring community organization. 


Okay, back to business: What organization will you nominate? 

Not sure what organization would make a strong candidate? Don't overthink it! Who inspires you? For guidance, here's who is eligible and the type of community work Power of 100 MSP seeks to prioritize. 

Illustration by @libbyvanderploeg


To be eligible for funding, the organization must:

  • Align with the vision of Power of 100 MSP: own your story, find your strength and use it to empower others.

  • Be a legally incorporated entity with 501(c)3 status. Organizations with a fiscal sponsor are also eligible.

  • Work to lift up humans in MSP, including Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, Washington, Scott and Carver counties.

  • Note: Power of 100 MSP support cannot be used for political use.

In line with our vision and goals, Power of 100 MSP will prioritize work that is:

  • Community-led. We see value in work led by communities directly affected by the issue or in solidarity with the directly affected communities.

  • Asset-based. We believe organizations are more powerful community actors when they are not exclusively focused on needs, problems and deficiencies, but are effectively connected to the resources or assets of the local community.

  • Intersectional. We seek not just to be inclusive, but to celebrate our many individual identities in terms of race, gender, age, class, ethnicity, ability, health as well as individual lived experiences.

Let's go! We can't wait to read about the inspiring organizations you choose to nominate.



Ella Daniels