Our Strategic Partners provide monetary and/or equipment donations valuing $25,000 or more during 2014–2015, but more importantly, they share our belief that any child who wants to play baseball or softball should have the opportunity to do so.
The Hansen Foundation recently made a four-year commitment of $50,000 per year to help PIFB increase revenue. This partnership matches all NEW dollars donated to Pitch In For Baseball.
If you supported PIFB years ago or increase your annual gift, the Hansen Foundation will match those dollars 1:1.
The partnership with the Reds began in 2015 with the 2015 MLB All-Star Game FanFest festivities where PIFB helped collect equipment from the local community. In 2017, the partnership deepened to support a School-Based Program in Northern Kentucky that provided nearly $50,000 of equipment to 10 high school baseball/softball teams.
The Rod Dedeaux Foundation
With generous support from the Dedeaux Foundation, PIFB now has a West Coast Warehouse in Los Angeles, CA. The Foundation’s support provides the physical space as well as operations staff. This second facility has greatly increased PIFB’s ability to accept more donations and to serve more children and communities in need. To read more about this unique partnership, click here.
Family, baseball, and the Dominican Republic are near and dear to New York Yankee Dellin Betances. He also shares PIFB’s passion for helping kids get on the field. In a unique partnership between Dellin, PIFB, Wilson Sporting Goods, Nike, and Papa John’s, nearly 100 children in the small town of Bonao received the equipment needed to play ball.
Little League Baseball International
Little League has been a PIFB partner since 2005, impacting tens of thousands of children around the globe. In 2014, Little League and longtime LL sponsor supported 7 large scale donations to 6 urban initiatives in the U.S. and one international location (Philippines), helping thousands of kids play ball. In the Philippines, where equipment is virtually impossible to purchase, PIFB sent 12 pallets of equipment that benefited 6,000+ children. Little League continues to be a core partner and advocate.
Los Angeles Dodgers
In 2015, the Dodgers chose PIFB as the equipment partner for the sophomore year of their RBI program. In addition, former Phillies’ and Dodger SS, Jimmy Rollins, filmed a PSA to promote Pitch in for Baseball. In 2017, PIFB is helping the Dodgers expand their RBI program by nearly 250 teams.
Major League Baseball
A partner since 2011, PIFB works with MLB in numerous ways. PIFB has help Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program to expand hundreds of teams across the country, helping thousands of kids play ball in the United States. In 2015 and 2016, PIFB helped equip nearly 200 RBI teams across the country. For 2017, MLB supported the Memphis School-Based Program and is funding equipment for 150 teams.
Mattingly Charities and PIFB have a shared goal: to get more kids on the field. PIFB serves as a program partner, helping to expand Mattingly RBI in Don’s hometown of Evansville, IN. To learn more, click here.
Pitch In For Baseball is led by Board President Roy Smalley, a former Twins All-Star shortstop. The Twins support PIFB with equipment collected during a community drive, support from the Twins Community Fund, directing grants from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and providing resources for the growing PIFB partnership with Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts.
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees held a press conference on July 3 during which Zack Hample, the fan who retrieved Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit on June 19, presented the ball to Rodriguez and the Yankees presented Pitch in for Baseball with a donation of $150,000. To see video of the press conference, click here. With those funds, PIFB and the Yankees have supported 20 baseball and softball teams and two parks & recreation leagues in the Bronx, helping hundreds of children get on the field.
NorthMarq Capital began supporting PIFB in 2013 to assist with Sandy relief efforts. NorthMarq has renewed their support by making a 3-year commitment to PIFB to expand baseball and softball in urban communities in partnership with Little League. Funding has helped hundreds of kids in Chicago, Texas, California, and New Jersey.
The Phillies’ have been a partner since 2007, providing financial support and hosting an equipment collection, enabling PIFB to have a greater impact locally. In 2017, PIFB helped the Twins’ and Phillies’ to launch their joint Academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. PIFB also supports the Phillies’ RBI program and holds an annual fundraiser at Citizens Bank Park.
In 2014, PIFB and State Farm worked together to support MLB RBI programs in 13 different communities in the U.S. State Farm has continued their support of youth baseball and softball across the country. In 2017, State Farm provided funding to support School-Based Programs in Milwaukee, Tempe, and Chicago. Together, PIFB and State Farm provided more than $75,000 in equipment to nearly 40 teams.
Wilson Sporting Goods
In 2014, Wilson Sporting Goods launched the Get a Glove, Give a Glove campaign, which gives their customers to shop and support PIFB’s efforts to increase access to baseball and softball for kids around the globe. This unique program provides one glove for each Glove of the Month purchased, providing more than 4,000 gloves to children since the program’s inception. In addition, the Wilson family of brands offers PIFB exclusive rates on new equipment and has donated millions in product to help kids get on the field. To learn more about the partnership, click here.
We want to help as many boys and girls around the globe play ball but have limited resources. Collaborators are those partners that help us get increase awareness and broaden our reach either through financial support and/or community equipment collection events.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) and Major League Baseball Clubs organize the collection of new and used equipment from fans, players and staff to benefit organizations in need. BTF provides a $5,000 grant for Clubs to direct to community organizations to purchase new equipment. A partner since 2009, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund’s Equipment Day has facilitated truckloads of equipment and donated more than $25,000 in grant funding to PIFB.
A PIFB supporter since 2010, Zack Hample is a writer, blogger, YouTuber, and professional ballhawk. Zack has snagged 9,000+ baseballs. Zack runs a campaign to raise funds for PIFB. Over the course of the partnership, Zack has raised more than $200,000 for PIFB. On June 19, 2015 Zack made history for snagging Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit HR ball, which started the beginning of a PIFB/Yankee partnership to help kids in the Bronx play ball.