Program for Nonprofit Effectiveness

The Program for Nonprofit Effectiveness provides technical and financial assistance that helps nonprofits increase their ability to deliver services. The program was established in 2002 to support organizations seeking ways to more effectively accomplish their missions and increase their social impact.

In 2016-2017, the Maine Community Foundation established the Leadership Learning Collaborative with a cohort of nine leadership development organizations to strengthen their collaboration with one another and identify capacity-building needs of the programs and of the field as a whole.

From 2013-2016, the community foundation partnered with Lift360 to work with six community development finance institutions (CDFIs) selected for the program in 2013. Participating institutions include Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Community Concepts Finance Corporation, Economic Development Corporation, Four Directions Development Corporation, Genesis Community Loan Fund, and MaineStream Finance.

With the help of Michael Swack from the University of New Hampshire, Lift360 and the community foundation worked with the CDFI leaders to identify capacity-building issues within the field. Two priorities emerged: improving access to capital and increasing operational efficiencies in lending operations. In 2015-2016, the community foundation awarded more than $75,000 in grant funds for capacity-building projects proposed by the CDFIs.

“The support MaineStream Finance has received from the Maine Community Foundation and Lift360 has been critical to our organization.  As a result, MaineStream has been able to provide more loans to micro-entrepreneurs, plus improve the efficiencies of our own operation.  Working together, we are bringing greater financial resources to underserved Maine communities.”     -- Jayne Crosby Giles, CEO, MaineStream Finance