Working for Society
from the Heartland.

Our Mission

Sagamore builds and implements solutions to society’s biggest problems. Combining research with entrepreneurial innovations, citizen participation, and impact investing, Sagamore advances practical and sustainable solutions to improve communities. 

Our Model

Ideas, Innovations and Investments. Ideas expand our possibilities; innovations put those ideas to work; and investments scale both sustainably. 

Our Programs

Sagamore’s portfolio of programs and initiatives promotes action-oriented policy innovation, business solutions and citizen engagement.

Our Story

In 2004 Senator Dan Coats and Jay Hein founded Sagamore Institute, an Indiana think tank rooted in heartland values and focused on constructive action.

Our Team

Sagamore operates a network of partners and fellows, an accomplished board of trustees, and a mission-driven headquarters team.

What's New at Sagamore

Sagamore Solutions: 2023 Year in Review

From the launch of a statewide workforce initiative to landmark achievements in mental health care to the hundreds of students served by our school choice scholarship, this year Sagamore advanced practical ideas creating more opportunities for everyone to flourish. What Sagamores provides, in a unique way, is connection. We convene problem solvers from different backgrounds and put them in conversation with each other. Suddenly, they’re not working alone anymore, and creative, big picture solutions start to emerge. We invite you to reflect on Sagamore’s contributions in the gallery below.

Indiana Conference on Citizenship Examines the Future of Work, Honors Cook Group for its Community Engagement

On October 17, Sagamore Institute held the annual Indiana Conference on Citizenship. This year’s conference, The Future of Work: Run Don’t Crawl focused on the changing nature of work, the workforce, and demographics in Indiana and featured national and state leaders representing key workforce sectors. 

At the conference, Sagamore Institute honored Cook Group with the inaugural Jerry Semler Corporate Citizenship Award. Sagamore CEO, Jay Hein, said: “Cook Group’s corporate philanthropy [is] integrated much like Jerry Semler’s life and how he practiced his leadership at OneAmerica. They see their people and place as an essential part of their success story.”

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