Leadership Bend Impact Summit :: Empowering Central Oregon’s Nonprofits to Strengthen Our Communities

Empowering Local Nonprofits

Healthy Beginnings and the Human Dignity Coalition won $14,500 from the 2017 LBIS Pitch for a Purpose event.

Leadership Bend’s nonprofit business pitch competition set for May 1, 2018


Nearly $40,000 awarded over the last three years

Leadership Bend will host its fourth annual Pitch for a Purpose contest on May 1, 2018, at Central Oregon Community College’s Wille Hall, located in the Coats Campus Center in Bend.

The culminating event of the Leadership Bend Impact Summit (LBIS), a multi-day series of workshops for Central Oregon nonprofits, Pitch for a Purpose gives those organizations that successfully completed LBIS workshops a chance to win $12,000, based on business plan pitches they deliver to a group of local business leaders.

Previous Pitch for a Purpose winners include Healing Reigns Therapeutic Riding Center (2015), La Pine Community Kitchen (2016) and Healthy Beginnings (2017).

Prize money from past Pitch for a Purpose events has aided doctors in detecting developmental problems in toddlers, helped veterans with PTSD reintegrate into society, and made it easier for children from low-income families to receive consistent meals.

Small plates and drinks will be served at Pitch for a Purpose and the public is encouraged attend. One competing nonprofit will also win an Audience Choice Award of approximately $2,500.

Applications for the 2018 Leadership Bend Impact Summit are now being accepted!

Download a 2018 LBIS application here.