Women United Perfect Pitch

Wednesday, December 1, 2021Perfect Pitch Logo

Revolution Hall, 425 River Street, Troy, NY
5 p.m. Cocktails & Entertainment
6 p.m. Program

Perfect Pitch is a 'Shark Tank' style event powered by United Way of the Greater Capital Region where five local nonprofit agencies will have the opportunity to 'pitch' their innovative idea for the chance at a $10,000 grant and will be the Women United Premier Partner in 2022.

Bring a Donation Item:

Women United's 2021 Premier Partner, U.S. Committee of Refugees and Immigrants will be collecting the following donation items at Perfect Pitch. For questions or to arrange another drop-off time, email info@uscri-albany.org

New or Gently Used Winter Coats

  • For both children and adults
    • Only water-resistant parka-style coats - not cloth or wool
    • USCRI can currently only accept adult sizes S-M-L, they cannot accept XL or 2XL

Cleaning Supplies

  • laundry detergent
  • dishwashing liquid
  • spray cleaner with bleach
  • multi-surface floor cleaner
  • glass cleaner
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • brooms & dustpans
  • mops & pails


Guests should be prepared to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 48 hours of the event start time). Wearing a mask and socially distancing are encouraged when not eating or drinking. Check this page for up-to-date health and safety guidance leading up to the event. We look forward to celebrating safely with you.

Meet The Sharks

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Meet The Agency Finalists


Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region is a non-profit community development financial institution serving the Capital Region of New York State: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington Counties. Incorporated in 1985, its mission is to promote sustainable community development efforts for economically underserved people, specifically women, minorities, and people of low income.


The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region seeks to run a year-long pilot for their new Childcare Accelerator program that teaches interested entrepreneurs how to open and run successful group and family care programs as well as childcare centers. The Childcare Accelerator will be a partnership with Brightside Up and the Early Care & Learning Council.

Each entrepreneur who enters the program will receive our “Daycare Bootcamp” training, which will cover the regulations and requirements for each particular type of childcare as well as business basics like accounting, marketing, and financial management. Participants will also receive hands-on experience at the Community Loan Fund’s drop-in daycare center, and upon graduation will be paired with a successful childcare provider for mentorship and support. The program will run 8-10 weeks and graduate 65 new daycare providers per year. At the end of the program, group and family care providers will be equipped to successfully launch their own small businesses

Community We Serve

The Community Loan Fund Childcare Accelerator program will train and equip individuals—primarily women and people of color—to start their own group and family child care programs. We know women face a number of challenges when it comes to reaching their goals. Women-owned businesses are historically undercapitalized. Women are underpaid. Childcare demands and family caregiving still fall squarely on their shoulders most times. The childcare accelerator will also provide secure and affordable childcare for families across the region.  

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Mom Starts Here

Mom Starts Here is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady counties. We connect women in unplanned pregnancies, young moms, and families in need to the resources available to them. We look to meet their needs, empower them, and assist them in their parenting journey. Mom Starts Here provides coaching and parent education, along with supplying needed baby items and diapers. 


Mom Starts Here seeks initial start-up support for the Mom Starts Here Accessible Childcare Initiative. Mom Starts Here will explore innovative ways to make childcare more accessible to parents during nontraditional hours.  

Filling this need will expand educational and career opportunities for parents—especially single parents—by offering child care on weekends, evenings, and possibly overnight. This will take the form of child care consortiums made up of licensed Family Home Daycare providers, and/ or Mom Starts Here acting as the childcare vendor for community-based daycare centers. Our two-pronged approach will address childcare staffing shortages through our client pipeline, and the eventual creation of additional facilities—via consortiums and daycare centers with more accommodating hours to create more accessible childcare for working parents and those continuing their education.  


Communities We Serve

The Mom Starts Here Accessible Childcare Initiative will create more accessible child care opportunities for parents, particularly single parents and parents with low-income earning jobs. By supporting the creation of new child care centers with nontraditional hours and increasing capacity, the program also seeks to create jobs for parents in the childcare field.  


Refugee and Immigrant Support Services (RISSE)

RISSE helps refugees and newly arrived immigrants create lives that are safe, satisfying, and sustainable through our language and literacy programs. Educational, social, and technical supports are provided. Our learners come from over 20 different countries because of war, famine, natural disaster, and/or persecution. We strive to improve the social, emotional, and academic competencies of school-age children (6-13).


RISSE seeks to expand our afterschool programming from 50 to 75 and maintain the position of an Education Director who will oversee educational components of the after-school and summer programs while partnering with teachers and volunteers to optimize the outcomes with our students. 

The refugee crisis in Afghanistan and an increase in federally authorized immigration has caused a greater need for this program that emphasizes English as a second language as well as educational enrichment, language and literacy skills, mentoring, social and emotional learning, health and wellness instruction, academic support, and recreational activities.


Community We Serve

Our children have endured devastating traumas and complete disruption to their education throughout their traumatic journeys. RISSE students are young people who have fled wars, natural disasters, famine, human trafficking, and political/economic upheavals from 20+ countries, five different continents. Their native countries illustrate the international turmoil of our times: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Congo, Ecuador, Iraq, Syria, Myanmar, Sudan, Turkey, Ukraine, Yemen, Rwanda, Nepal, Algeria. 

Parents see RISSE as a trusted partner. Just imagine how difficult it is for them to find a place where they feel their children will be safe and nurtured after all they have experienced. 

90-95% of RISSE families are at, below, or near the federal poverty level.


STRIDE Adaptive Sports

STRIDE Adaptive Sports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in West Sand Lake that serves the Greater Capital Region. Our mission is, “To educate and empower individuals with special needs in life-changing sport and recreation programs to sustain healthy, active and fun lifestyles.” Since over 90% of the 2,000+ individuals with disabilities that we serve are youth from the ages of 5-21, STRIDE programs often mean rare moments of respite for the participant’s parents/caregivers.


STRIDE Adaptive Sports seeks to launch “Recreational Respite.” The goal of this 16-week program (excluding holidays) is to provide mothers of local children with disabilities with 3 hours of respite once per week while STRIDE volunteers provide their kid(s) with enriching classes for fitness, health, and wellness.  

Program sessions will take place in West Sand Lake at the STRIDE Health and Recreation Educational Center (SHARE), the Capital Region’s first adaptive community center for people with disabilities. While their kids participate in fun and enriching classes, the mothers can run errands or use the Center's training rooms for work or rest, sit in the massage chair in the lounge, or get a work-out in the SHARE Center’s gym. We anticipate each week will vary from between 8-15 kids and mothers per session.


The Community We Serve

STRIDE serves approximately 2,000 people in the Capital Region with physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as their families. About 90% of our program participants are youth from the ages of 5-21. 

According to a report from the Center for American Progress (CAP), “the child care crisis disproportionately affects children with disabilities.” The report found that parents of children with disabilities have a harder time finding child care than parents of non-disabled children (34% vs 25%, respectively). Furthermore, the report’s analysis of data from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) shows that parents of young children with disabilities are three times more likely to experience job disruptions due to child care problems.  


Veterans and Community Housing Coalition (VCHC)

Veterans and Community Housing Coalition provides housing, support services and financial assistance to homeless veterans and their families in seven Counties. A continuum of housing options is available based on individual and family needs. Transitional, permanent and temporary housing programs are available.  


VCHC seeks support as part of the effort to develop Foreverly House, a supportive home for homeless, single Veteran moms and their children. There are currently no housing programs for this target population. While VCHC has the only VA-funded transitional housing program in NYS for homeless female Veterans, children are not allowed. 

Foreverly House initially will be a two-family home. In addition to housing, the program will include support services to assist these moms and their children to secure stable housing while addressing the issues that created the homeless situation. Support services will aim to impact access to health care, financial security and proper nutrition while addressing all obstacles to secure permanent, safe, stable housing. VCHC will provide childcare and assistance in managing school enrollment. The case manager will act as a liaison with the mom on behalf of the children for their schooling and other needs.


Community We Serve

Support services are essential to the success of those experiencing homelessness. These funds will provide the opportunity for homeless veteran moms and their children to receive the support they need while developing skills and overcoming obstacles to obtain housing security

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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Become a Perfect Pitch sponsor, email Erin Napoleone at Erin@unitedwaygcr.org

2020 Perfect Pitch Winner 

USCRI, 2020 Perfect Pitch Winners

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants


2020 Panel of Sharks

2020 Perfect Pitch Sharks
From L to R: JoDee Kenney, Spectrum News; Lizzie Schlegel, Fingerpaint; Katrina Consiglio, Wells Fargo Advisors; Daquetta Jones, NYS Department of Civil Service; Nancy B. Sever, Esq., Hinman Straub, PC;
Not Pictured: Tiffany Orner, Grunt Style



 2019 Perfect Pitch Winner

Tracie Killar at Podium

South End Children's Cafe 

2019 Panel of Sharks 

2019 Shark Panel
Pictured L to R: Charmain Ushkow, Kate Otis, Andrea Crisifulli, Carrie Hillenbrandt, Miriam Dushane, Richie Hunter, Katrina Consiglio