Welcome to the very first edition of The PYPLine, your source for all things PYP.  We hope to send out a monthly edition of The PYPLine, where we’ll highlight our own calendar of activities, and feature upcoming events that our members are involved in, as well as news and timely articles that are on the non-profit radar.  If you’re recruiting for a committee, trying to fill a table at an event, come across something newsworthy, or are looking for volunteers, submit your copy to pitchyourpeers@gmail.com.  Enjoy!

2017 Recruitment!

We’re gearing up for our first information session of 2017, and we are very excited to recruit new members, and say hello again to our current members.  Speaking of which, it’s time to renew your membership. This year, our brand new website makes it easy for you.  Just click here and fill out the 2017 Membership Form.  We’ll follow up with you to collect your dues via check.  Please note, while 100% of your $1000 member dues WILL GO TO FUND OUR GRANTS, we do have overhead like any other organization.  We need to pay for our website and our accountant.  We also need to tow the line with the IRS, which asks that we spend some portion of our funds on managing the organization, fundraising, and recruitment.  If every member could find it in their hearts to contribute the suggested donation of $50, we should be in good shape.  If you feel like you can give more, please do!  We have checked with non-profits similar to ours, and this is how they ensure that while 100% of member dues go toward the grants, the engine is still kept running with additional donations from the membership.  Speaking of which, you’ll notice on our 2017 Membership Form, there is a space for matching funds.  If your workplace or your spouse’s workplace matches funds, please let us know by checking the appropriate box and we’ll follow up with you.

Remember, our grants can only grow if our membership does.  Renew your membership today!

Member Bios

We have most of your bios, but if you’d like to update yours with a new committee or board position, just email pitchyourpeers@gmail.com.  If you didn’t include a bio or photo last year, but would like to do so now, just send us a short paragraph about yourself and a head shot.

Announcing: SchoolPYPs!

Over the course of the last year, we’ve been hard at work crafting a pilot program for local high-school students to participate in.  The program is called SchoolPYPs, and this year it is comprised of a collaboration between the Community Service Clubs at The Stanwich School, Sacred Heart Greenwich and Greenwich High School.  A total of $6000 in PYP grants will be awarded via the SchoolPYP program.  Each team of students will pitch us their ideas at the SchoolPYP Pitch Meeting this spring, and then our membership will vote to determine who wins.  Here’s how it works:

  • Individual girls or teams may participate, 1 charity pitched per school.  1st prize grant: $3000, 2nd prize grant: $2000, 3rd prize grant: $1000 (PYP will provide grant funds, no fundraising is required by the schools)
  • Schools decide internally which charity to Pitch, each charity must be 501c3 certified and must serve the needs of Greenwich, CT
  • Target group: sophomores and juniors with a current interest in local philanthropy.  Each group will be called “School Name Grant Champion(s)”
  • PYP, Inc. will provide at least one mentor from our membership per School Grant Champion
  • Timeline is as follows:
    • Students participating should be identified by the school no later than February 1st, 2017
    • Tuesday, February 28th: SchoolPYP Pitch Proposals due to PYP Inc. and SchoolPYP Committee
    • Any revisions should be completed and submitted to PYP Inc. membership by Friday, March 10th
    • At least two scheduled meetings with mentors/SchoolPYP Grant Champions must occur between Friday March 10th and Friday April 21st to fine tune the SchoolPYP Pitches
    • NB: March 10-27th private school break, public school break is April 10-14th
    • SchoolPYP Pitch meeting date:  Wednesday, April 26th, 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Members then vote online and voting closes one week after, on May 3rd, 2017.
    • This timeline provides from March 10th-April 26th to work on the SchoolPYP Pitches

On the 2017 Membership Form, there is a space for you to indicate interest in serving on a PYP Committee.  This would be a great one to join, as it’s the first of its kind, and will require just a couple hours of work total.  PYP Mentors will help students determine what a great SchoolPYP Pitch should look like.  We know they’ll need to include how the grant money will be used, why the charity needs/deserves the grant, and what each proposed service component (volunteer hours by students at charity they are Pitching) looks like. Remember, SchoolPYP Grant Champions can and should work with the charity they are pitching, but no representatives of the charity may be present at the SchoolPYP Pitch Meeting.  We hope you’ll share in our excitement as we launch SchoolPYPs, a program that uses the incredible skills of our membership to empower girls early on to PYP-UP and pitch for what they believe in.  We’ve seen the preliminary ideas each school is pitching, and we are just as excited as their teachers are about this upcoming pilot!

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Upcoming Philanthropic Events and Opportunities

We’re so proud of our busy members!  Here are some terrific events coming up that individuals in our membership have been working on. If you want to have your event or committee added, please shoot us an email.

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B*Cured is hosting its 5th annual A Field Day at Night on:

Saturday, March 4 at 6:30PM at Chelsea Piers in Stamford
As always, super casual attire, batting cages, trampolines, rock wall and tons of awesome food and booze!
Your support has allowed B*Cured to raise over $1.5 million dollars and award over 20 research grants, the latest for pediatric brain cancer. (Pediatric brain cancer is the leading cancer in children as of September 2016). Click here to purchase tickets and for more information reach out to Karena Bailey karenabbailey@gmail.com and Julie Karish julie@bcured.org
And don’t worry if you can’t attend, just make sure to check out the amazing auction online which includes opportunities like:
Escape to a Private Five Bedroom Home in Aspen
Meet Alicia Keys with VIP Tickets to her March 12th Show Foxwoods
Join Todd English at the Invitation Only NYC Launch of his New Food Hall: American Market
Visit the Set of HIT CMT Show Nashville with Roundtrip Air Travel for Four
Tesla Road Trip to Rhode Island + Two Extraordinary Nights at Weekapaug Inn
Golf for Two at Hudson National with Former Pine Valley Pro, Theron Harvey
Four VIP 50-Yard Line Tickets to a JETS Game with VIP Parking + Chase Touchdown Club
SOLD OUT Tickets to U2 at Giant’s Stadium with Round Trip Car Service
Click here to purchase tickets and/or bid on auction items.

2016 Grant Recipient, Community Centers, Inc.of Greenwich is delighted to invite you to Celebrate “The Art of Celebrating” at its Annual Spring Fundraiser Luncheon, featuring:

Author, Designer and Artist
David Monn
April 6, 2017

Belle Haven Club, 100 Harbor Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830
RSVP BY MARCH 20, 2017

Proceeds to benefit CCI’s Education and Support Programs.  Click here to purchase tickets!  Reach out to office@ccigreenwich.org with further questions.

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Don’t be Late – Save the Date! It’s always tea time at the Kids in Crisis Spring Fling! Let your imagination run wild and join us for our annual benefit celebrating the adventure and whimsy of Wonderland. Who knows what awaits you around the corner?  Join our PYP Grant runner-up at their highly anticipated annual Spring Fling to on Friday, March 3rd at Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. This year’s event promises to be a casually elegant evening of exquisite food, live and silent auctions, and exciting entertainment. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Whimsical cocktail attire, no ties required. Support the children of Kids in Crisis!  Click here to purchase tickets, and reach out to kkilroy@kidsincrisis.org with any questions.

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Volunteers needed!  Our very own co-founder, Brooke Bohnsack, is once again co-chairing the Celebrating Wishes Ball.  As her team kicks off 2017, she’d like extend an invitation to all of you to join the committee this year. SAVE THE DATE:  This year’s ball will be held at Greenwich Country Club on November 4th from 6pm to midnight.
From Brooke:  To give you some history, in 2016 MaW granted 240 life-changing wishes for our kids when they needed it most. The hope, strength and joy of these remarkable wishes touched the kids we serve, their families, and entire communities. We’re now closer than ever to our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child. With your help, anything is attainable!  Thank you for your time and consideration!
Please reach out to brooke.bohnsack@gmail.com to get involved.
The Town of Greenwich is finally ready to rebuild the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, however they are looking to build the exact same type of structure with similar amenities. The Civic Center Community Advisory Board, a group of devoted volunteers from the OGRCC and Old Greenwich, Riverside and Cos Cob Associations, is working steadfastly to push the town to consider a larger structure, with increased amenities such as a field house with turf fields, locker rooms, two gyms, a tiered ice rink and second-floor meeting space. The town has allocated funds for a very simple rebuild and thus outside funding will be necessary in order to create an improved facility. The CCCAB is looking to secure town-wide support both monetarily and physically through signing of petitions and declared usage from local Greenwich athletic and artistic groups.
If you’d rather see a larger, more comprehensive structure as its replacement, read and sign the petition by clicking here.  Our very own Meg Nolan van Reesema is the current president of the Old Greenwich Association, and is working diligently to garner support and funds for an amazing new structure that will serve the whole Town of Greenwich.  Hmmm…sounds like a great idea for a PYP Pitch!


Interesting Article on Income Inequality

Thanks to PYP Member, Meredith Shames, for sharing!
By the way, there was an interesting article I saw saying that Fairfield County has the WORST income inequality in the nation. Makes everything that this group is doing for local organizations even more meaningful.  http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Fairfield-County-s-income-inequality-worst-in-10895063.php

Update from 2016’s Grant Champion, Steviann Martines/CCI

Community Centers Inc. is excited to announce that they are putting their PYP Grant to use already, exactly as it was pitched to our membership.  Lauren Franciamore, Executive Director, and her team have hired a truly outstanding candidate to fill the part-time role our grant is financing.  Tara Blanchard just moved to Riverside from Maryland, and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise with her.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law and made a career change to work in Development after she had children. “I am very much looking forward to assisting CCI in its continued effort to serve low income children, youth and families; individuals with developmental disabilities; and seniors living in Greenwich public housing. CCI’s dedication to counseling and its hands-on educational and social programs set it apart from other organizations.  I am grateful for the opportunity to use my skills to contribute to my community and for those that need and deserve extra support.”
So great to see our dollars at work already- way to go, Steviann and CCI!
 (Tara Blanchard)
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