Central Oregon Impact Summit News and Updates

LBIS Pitch for a Purpose set for May 1, 2018

Nearly $40,000 awarded over the last three years

BEND, Oregon (Nov. 29, 2017) – 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 $2,500.

For more information on the Leadership Bend Impact Summit and Pitch for a Purpose, including how to apply for LBIS or become a sponsor, go to lbimpactsummit.com and follow us on Facebook.

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Leadership Bend is a community leadership development program designed to identify, educate, train and connect willing and committed citizens to leadership roles in Bend.  Now in our 25th year, we are a separate 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, a program of the Bend Chamber, and fully supported from community resources.  There are over 400 Leadership Bend alumni who have gone on to serve as our “community trustees.” For more information on Leadership Bend, please visit bendchamber.org/about/leadership-bend.

2017 Leadership Bend Impact Summit recap

Healthy Beginnings wins top prize

Healthy Beginnings was chosen as the 2017 winner of the Leadership Bend Impact Summit, earning this local non-profit organization a Grand Prize of $12,000 for the best “pitch” before an esteemed panel of judges. The “Audience Choice” winner was the Human Dignity Coalition, earning that organization $2,500.


The five finalists for the 2017 Leadership Bend Impact Summit (LBIS) included Campfire Central Oregon, Deschutes Children’s Foundation, Healthy Beginnings, Human Dignity Coalition and Oregon Adaptive Sports.  Thursday’s event was the culmination of a multi-month process that invited non-profits who met the criteria to apply for the opportunity to be involved. Through a rigorous evaluation process, ten non-profit organizations were ultimately chosen to participate in a series of workshops designed to further their skills and acumen in areas such as Finance, Strategic Planning, Board Governance, Marketing and, finally, effective persuasive “pitching.”

At the Leadership Bend Impact Summit, each organization had six minutes to speak, and another six minutes to field questions from a panel of judges that included Dennis Lynn, Senior Instructor of Human Development and Family Sciences at OSU-Cascades;  Connie Druliner, President and CEO of Express Employment Professionals; Adrienne Graham, Central Oregon Regional Director for the Non-Profit Association of Oregon (NAO), Chuck Horne, General Manager for La Pine Community Kitchen; Jim Lee, InvitExcellence and Director Emeritus for Abilitree. The winning pitches were delivered by Kelli Neumann, Regional Outreach Coordinator for Healthy Beginnings, and Aaron Rook, Secretary for the Human Dignity Coalition.

To date, with the help of generous sponsors, the LBIS has awarded $38,500 to local non-profit organizations including previous winners Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center (2015), and La Pine Community Kitchen (2016). The Leadership Bend Impact Summit was launched in 2015 by Leadership Bend, a prestigious nine-month program facilitated by the Bend Chamber designed to identify, educate, train and connect willing and committed citizens to leadership. For more information about Leadership Bend and next year’s Leadership Bend Impact Summit, visit bendchamber.org/about/leadership-bend/

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Leadership Bend awards $10,000 to La Pine Community Kitchen at the Central Oregon Impact Summit

Pitch for a Purpose
The Leadership Bend Class of 2016 is pleased to announce La Pine Community Kitchen was awarded the $10,000 grand prize at the second annual Central Oregon Impact Summit (COIS).

During the “Pitch for a Purpose” event, held at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center, five finalists – Deschutes Children’s Foundation, Healthy Beginnings, High Desert Food and Farm, La Pine Community Kitchen and Treehouse Therapies – took the stage to show off the culmination of how the COIS series of four workshops equipped them to better position themselves in our community.

La Pine Community Kitchen, which won the audience-choice award at the 2015 COIS event, helps meet the needs of those experiencing hunger and lack of resources in our community by providing free nutritious hot meals, emergency food boxes, fresh produce and clothing.

“Our utility bills are $10,000 a year, so it will provide the electricity, the gas and the water that we need to operate in order to help the 3,000 people we serve every single year,” said Kim Hafermalz, executive director of La Pine Community Kitchen. “I am excited and thrilled…Now I know I can pay these critical expenses.”

In addition to the $10,000 prize a $2,500 audience-choice award was awarded to Treehouse Therapies.

Ken Streater, social entrepreneur, acclaimed author and successful real estate brokerage partner, inspired the crowd of more than 200 during his keynote address.

COIS received a great deal of support from many members of the Central Oregon community. Nonprofits participating in COIS received coaching from Grow Oregon Business Advisor Pam Stevenson; Robert Rekward, co-owner and founder of Delicious Design; George Myers, principal of GMARS Consulting; and Lori Slaughter, philanthropy advisor at EIG & Principal.

“COIS is a legacy project of Leadership Bend,” said Ken Katzaroff, member of the COIS Advisory Board and the Leadership Bend Advisory Board. “We’re excited that the program helped so many nonprofits and engaged our community to such a high degree. We look forward to helping support more nonprofits and emerging leaders in 2017.”

Learn more about the Central Oregon Impact Summit and how to get involved next year at: www.lbimpactsummit.com.

Leadership Bend is a nine-month program of the Bend Chamber. The purpose of the COIS is to empower Central Oregon’s nonprofits to strengthen our communities in the region. Learn more about Leadership Bend or apply to be a part of the Leadership Bend Class of 2017 at: http://bendchamber.org/leadership-bend/.

Leadership Bend Impact Summit Selects Five Nonprofits to Compete for $10k

The Leadership Bend Class of 2016 is pleased to announce the five nonprofit organizations selected to compete for a $10,000 prize on May 10th at the second annual Central Oregon Impact Summit (COIS) “Pitch for a Purpose”.

The finalists are:

 

 

 

During the “Pitch for a Purpose” event, held at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center, five finalists will take the stage and show off the culmination of how the COIS series of four workshops equipped them to better position themselves in our community.

“The knowledge gained at the COIS workshops has been invaluable,” states Healthy Beginning’s application. “There is new energy and urgency among our participants. It’s as if we have become unstuck from our previous perspective and are now ready to share our story using new language and fresh approaches.”

While the judges tally their votes, the audience will be inspired by international rafting company owner, social entrepreneur, acclaimed author, successful real estate brokerage partner and community growth innovator, Ken Streater during his keynote address.

Beyond the $10,000 prize, a second nonprofit will receive $2,500 for an audience choice award.

Get to know, strengthen and empower the nonprofits in our local communities. To register to attend the “Pitch for a Purpose” event and vote for the audience choice award, please visit: this website.

Learn more about the Central Oregon Impact Summit here.

Contact: Rachael Rees van den Berg: 541-382-3221 or rachael@bendchamber.org

Semi-finalists Selected for COIS 2016

Leadership Bend Class of 2016, a program of the Bend Chamber, is pleased to announce the nonprofit organizations accepted to participate in the second annual Central Oregon Impact Summit.

The semi-finalists include:

Sunriver STARS Community Theater

Sunriver STARS Community Theater (SSCT) was the brainchild and passion of founder Victoria Kristy-Zalewski in 2011, who moved to Sunriver from Tacoma where she was a teacher/actress for many years. Her vision was to see a community based musical and dramatic arts theater started in Sunriver.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) motivates students to own their economic success through hands-on programs that promote skills and knowledge in three critical areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Two main program types are offered: JA In-Class Programs and JA Finance Park.

High Desert Food & Farm Alliance

The mission of High Desert Food & Farm Alliance is to support a community-based food system in Central Oregon by increasing access to fresh healthy food, supporting sustainable farmland use and fostering relationships among farmers and consumers.

Deschutes Children’s Foundation

In 1990, community leaders determined a need in Deschutes County for a centralized location for children and families to receive basic services. Deschutes Children’s Foundation (DCF) at the Rosie Bareis Community Campus is the result. Twenty-five years later, Deschutes Children’s Foundation has expanded to encompass four community campuses in Bend, Redmond and La Pine. DCF provides the critical infrastructure where 26 nonprofit partners serve over 20,000 children and families each year.

Latino Community Association

The Latino Community Association is training a skilled, bilingual workforce to meet the needs of our Central Oregon economy through English and computer instruction, resume help, job connections and career coaching.

D.A.W.N.S House

The mission at Dawns House is to create a hands-on, nurturing, structured environment for women directly out of treatment, prison or by referral. Dawns House empowers and leads the women by helping them to help themselves. The nonprofit guides each woman to successfully re-enter society and thrive in mainstream living, providing the tools and resources preparing each woman to face a new dawn on her journey.

La Pine Community Kitchen

La Pine Community Kitchen helps meet the needs of those experiencing hunger and lack of resources in our community by providing free nutritious hot meals, emergency food boxes, fresh produce and clothing.

Waldorf School of Bend

The Waldorf School of Bend (WSB) serves families with children from early childhood through ninth grade. An education at WSB follows established Waldorf curriculum, rich in the arts and humanities. Our community culture is rich in character, diverse religions and social beliefs, and economic backgrounds. Our shared values include social responsibility and self-awareness, kindness and compassion for humankind, and a strong reverence for the health of our environment. These values lay the foundation for our children to grow and learn.

We work to create an inclusive community that fosters the virtue of each individual, so that each may find his or her way to contribute to the community as a whole. Support from our parents, alumni, friends and greater community is vital to the health and success of our school.

A profound understanding of child development is the cornerstone of teaching and learning at the Waldorf School of Bend. Our curriculum is interdisciplinary, relevant and timely to ensure that our students are equipped to fully participate in the possibilities and challenges of our ever-changing world. We uphold excellence in education by creating meaningful teacher-student relationships, and joyful, artistic teaching that supports learning through inspiration, imagination and intuition.

Healthy Beginnings

Treehouse


On May 10th, five of these nonprofits will take the stage and show off the culmination of how they have become well-equipped to better position themselves as organizations during a Pitch Night at The Riverhouse Convention Center. Congratulations to these fine organizations!

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Calling all non-profits! The application deadline for LBIS 2017 has been extended until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24th! Please submit your application by the new deadline for a chance to become one of 5 finalists vying for a $10,000 cash prize.

Workshop Date Change

Note that the Marketing Workshop date has changed from March 18th to April 1st, 2016. This workshop will still be held at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in downtown Bend.