Three health nonprofits picked to compete in United Way’s next Pop Up Giving

Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan, Girls on the Run Southwest Michigan, and Be Healthy Berrien set to pitch projects to win Pop Up Giving


Three local HEALTH nonprofits—Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan, Girls on the Run Southwest Michigan, and Be Healthy Berrien—have been chosen as the contestants in United Way of Southwest Michigan’s THIRD “Pop Up Giving” event on Thursday, May 9 from 5-7 p.m. at Lehman's Orchard Brewery & Farmhouse in Buchanan. This event gives the community the chance to decide where funds go.


The nonprofits have three minutes to pitch a project that will impact the community, followed by two minutes of Q&A with the audience. (The audience has five minutes to complete their ballots to determine the winner.) Proceeds from ticket sales are combined to create a “donation pot.” Second and third place finishers each receive consolation cash prizes of $250, while the organization with the most votes WINS THE REST!


The organizations will make their pitch on the following projects:


  • School-Based Child Abuse Prevention Education 

Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan


  • Girls on the Run 5K – Scholarship and Support for Running Buddies

Girls on the Run Southwest Michigan


  • Improving Access to Healthy Food and Physical Activity

Be Healthy Berrien


“The event sponsor, United Federal Credit Union, reviewed the submissions from our health partners, and while all were very worthy projects, they chose three that stood out,” said Charlotte Becker, Director of Annual Campaign at United Way of Southwest Michigan. “Now it’s up to the community to decide which one has the best pitch. It’s a fast, fun way for the audience to make instant impact on the community.”


United Federal Credit Union has already kicked in $1,000 to get the pot started!


Individual tickets are $20 and include one free drink and light appetizers provided by Lehman’s. Doors open at 5 p.m. Presentations begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at  





United Way of Southwest Michigan fights for the Health, Education and Financial Stability of every person in every community. We have the influence and relationships to make sustainable change a reality. By harnessing resources from corporate, nonprofit and public partners, we provide immediate assistance to our most vulnerable populations while addressing the root causes of our community's longstanding challenges and changing lives for the better. To join the fight—through giving, advocacy and volunteering—visit

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