By Matt Sybrant, EDCO’s Key Industry Coordinator

What do you get when you cross a pitchfest, five nonprofits and Leadership Bend? You end up with an event called “Pitch for a Purpose.” This Tuesday, May 10th, the Central Oregon Impact Summit — a project facilitated by Leadership Bend — is hosting a nonprofit pitchfest.

Five nonprofits will face off on stage, competing for a grand prize of $10,000. In addition to the grand prize, there will be an audience choice award of $2,500 given to one of the presenters. The five presenting nonprofits are:

These five nonprofits have completed a gauntlet of workshops focused on marketing and messaging, business plan development, fundraising strategy and crafting a pitch — all leading up to this one opportunity to compete for the cash.

Ken Streater will deliver the keynote address. Streater is an international rafting company owner, social entrepreneur, acclaimed author, successful real estate brokerage partner and community growth innovator. The panel of judges include Jodie Barram, of the Tower Theatre Foundation; Betsy Warriner, from Volunteer Connect; Matthew McCoy, from COCC; Ted Schoenborn from the Bend Parks and Rec; and Julie Gregory from Oregon Community Foundation.

Ken Streater, keynote speaker at Pitch for a Purpose.
Ken Streater, Pitch for a Purpose keynote speaker.

So if you want to have a few drinks, eat some good food, all while learning about five unique and excellent organizations, join us. Your inner philanthropist will thank you.

Pitch For a Purpose

What: Five nonprofits will take the stage to compete for a sponsor-supported cash prize and an “audience choice” award.

When: May 10th, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Where: The Riverhouse Convention Center

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