LBIS hosts a series of workshops facilitated by leaders and experts from our community who specialize in supporting and assisting nonprofits in several key areas including, without limitation, business planning, board management, marketing, fundraising and coaching. These workshops culminate in the development of a strategic plan for each participating nonprofit.
At the conclusion of these workshops, LBIS organizes a community event at which a select set of workshop participants will publicly pitch their strategic plan. The event, called Pitch for a Purpose, is an opportunity for organizations to increase their exposure and compete for a cash prize intended to enhance their organization’s capacity to execute its strategic plan. Previous Pitch for a Purpose winners include Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center (2015), La Pine Community Kitchen (2016), and Healthy Beginnings (2017).
1. The application committee will review initial applications and select approximately 10 nonprofits to participate in a series of workshops held in the spring. The executive director or other defined leadership personnel and a member of the board (need not be the same board member for each session) will need to attend each workshop. Workshop topics include: (a) Strategic and Business Planning; (b) Finance; (c) Governance and Impact Measurement (d) Marketing and Strategic Communications and (e) Pitching. Workshop dates are provided below and will be held from 3- 6 PM. a. February 5th b. February 21st c. March 5th d. March 26th
2. At the conclusion of the workshop series, participants will submit their strategic plans to LBIS.
3. Based on a review of strategic plans, five nonprofits will be selected 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 how to pitch their nonprofit organization prior to the event. A pitch coaching session will be held the week of April 22nd.
5. LBIS intends to award two prizes dependent on the amount of money raised: Last year the winner of the competition won $12,000, and a different nonprofit based on audience choice won $2,500. The LBIS Impact Summit will be held on May 8th, 2019.
6. The public forum will provide visibility for participating nonprofits organizations, which may offer brand recognition, volunteer and board recruitment opportunities, new fundraising prospects as well as other benefits.
In addition, the following organizational activities are not eligible for funding:● Religious groups promoting religious activities● Organizations with a LB class of 2019 member as an employee or board member● Political organizations● Support for an individual person● Organizations that discriminate against individuals on the basis of creed, color, sexual orientation, age, gender, national origin, and/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 2018.
Submit any questions about LBIS or the request for applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.