Sagamore Institute is hosting a two-part event on October 10, 2018 to celebrate Indiana’s status as philanthropy capital of the world and to bolster its leadership position in the 21st century.

There is much evidence to support the claim that Indiana is the epicenter of philanthropy.  We have one of the largest foundations in the world (Lilly Endowment), we have the leading philanthropy research and academic center (Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy), we have a statewide network of community foundations, and so much more.  If you want to consume culture, places like Los Angeles and New York offer the best opportunities.  If you want to contribute to community change, there is no place better than Indiana.

That said, the world of philanthropy is changing rapidly.  Millennials want to be personally engaged in their giving.  The tech sector is translating its rapid accumulation of wealth into results-oriented social change.  And Wall Street’s capital markets now move over $100 billion per year in impact investments.

The first session of Sagamore's 4th Annual Indiana Conference on Citizenship will focus on navigating these changing currents by pointing toward a new era of corporate citizenship. The second session will feature the first ever Commonwealth Indiana venture competition.  This session will feature business solutions to poverty in Central Indiana.  Please visit the Commonwealth Indianapolis website for more details on the pitch competition and online marketplace of impact investing opportunities.

While session one of the conference seeks to establish the why behind impact investing as the next step towards excellent corporate citizenship, session two will serve as an opportunity to put theory into practice by featuring a shark tank venture competition. Up to five finalists will be selected to present their ideas to investors and compete to win $100,000 for their initiative. In true Hoosier spirit, the conference will take place at the iconic Bankers Life Fieldhouse on the Indiana Pacers court.

Taken together, these two sessions will achieve three outcomes:

  1. A better understanding of the 21st century philanthropic marketplaces demanding results from our social enterprises and economic returns from our social investments;
  2. Feature Indiana’s leading practices to demonstrate our solid foundation to build a better future;
  3. Use the pitch competition as an annual strategy to make Indiana the best place in America to make impact investments.
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