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 and follow us on Facebook.


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