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Leadership Bend Impact Summit (LBIS) provides funding, programming, training and visibility to nonprofit organizations serving Central Oregon.

LBIS hosts a series of workshops facilitated by leaders and experts from our community who specialize in supporting and assisting nonprofits in 5 key areas (business planning, board management, marketing, fundraising, and coaching). At the conclusion of these workshops, LBIS organizes a community event at which a select set of workshop participants will publicly pitch their strategic business plan concept. The event is an opportunity to increase your organization’s exposure and compete for a cash prize intended to enhance your organization’s capacity to execute its strategic business plan.

Process and Timeline Overview

  1. Respond to the request for applications issued by LBIS. Submit the application as one PDF document to,, no later than 5:00 PM on February 24th, 2017.
  2. The application committee will review initial applications and select approximately 10 nonprofits to engage in a series of workshops. Workshops will be scheduled in late February, March & April. The executive director/program director and a member of the board (need not be the same person for each session) will need to attend each workshop. Workshop dates are TBD, but will be held midday with lunch provided. Program topics include:
    • Board Governance & Leadership
    • Marketing Your Nonprofit Agency
    • Creating the Perfect Pitch
    • Pitch Rehearsal & Coaching Session
    • At the conclusion of the workshop series, participants will submit their strategic business plan concepts to LBIS.
  3. An independent panel of judges comprised of private and nonprofit sector experts will review the strategic business plan concepts and select five nonprofits to “pitch” to a panel of experts in a public competition for a cash prize.
  4. Each nonprofit selected to participate in the competition will receive a coaching session on pitching prior to the event.
  5. LBIS intends to award two prizes: $10,000 to the winner of the competition and $2,500 to a different nonprofit based on audience choice.
  6. The public forum will provide visibility for participating nonprofits organizations, which may offer brand recognition, volunteer and board recruitment opportunities, new fundraising prospects, and other benefits.

Download your LBIS 2017 application here.


In order to be considered for Leadership Bend Impact Summit (LBIS), at a minimum, an applicant must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Have an annual budget that does not exceed $750,000
  • Operate from and primarily serve Central Oregon (defined as Crook, Deschutes, or Jefferson Counties)

In addition, the following organizational activities are not eligible for funding:

  • Religious groups promoting religious activities
  • Political organizations
  • Support for an individual
  • Organizations that discriminate against individuals on the basis of creed, color, sexual orientation, age, gender, national origin, or veteran status
  • Any non-charitable purpose

Nonprofit organizations are not eligible to apply if a staff member of the organization is a member of Leadership Bend Class of 2017.

Download your LBIS 2017 application here.

Submit any questions about COIS or the request for applications to