Social Impact

Improving Lives and the Places We Live.

As an action-oriented think tank, Sagamore Institute works both upstream and downstream. We work upstream to transform laws and policies and downstream to improve lives and the places we live—i.e., social impact. Featured below are examples of downstream innovation that are bringing commercial excellence to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Each are scalable and sustainable initiatives that are transforming the way we approach complex societal issues.


$40 Million INvested

The world has never experienced so much prosperity nor faced so many massive challenges. Commonwealth harnesses the same entrepreneurial talent that creates wealth to create more opportunity for everyone to flourish.

Through a series of special purpose vehicles, Commonwealth manages capital with commercial excellence and measure our success in how much our investments benefit others.

Scholarships for Education Choice

24,372 Students Served

Sagamore’s Scholarships for Education Choice program has a ten year track record of empowering students to attend the schools that they choose.

We partner with large and small schools, traditional and classical schools, secular and faith-based schools, and schools that serve special needs populations.  Located in communities across Indiana, our partner schools are accredited and provide each child the opportunity to thrive.

J-1 Visa Program

227 Active Teachers

Sagamore’s J-1 Visa Program promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges.  Foreign teachers have the opportunity to teach in accredited primary and secondary schools in the United States.  Exchange teachers sharpen their professional skills and participate in cross-cultural activities in schools and communities, and they return to their home country after the exchange to share their experiences and increased knowledge of the United States and the U.S. educational system. 

Purposeful Design

$2.6 Million Annual Sales

Purposeful Design is a Christian ministry that exists to help rebuild lives of individuals who have struggled with addiction, homelessness, incarceration and other obstacles; to equip them with valuable work skills; and to provide the gift of work.

Purposeful Design welcomes men coming from the streets through homeless missions who want a better life, offering them a job in our custom furniture manufacturing facility. While developing the characteristics of a good worker, men are also building a foundation necessary for successful employment and living: discipline, trustworthiness, and relationship skills.