Capacity Building Resources

Maine Community Foundation Resources

The community foundation administers the Program for Nonprofit Effectiveness, a capacity building grant program for nonprofit groups engaged in community building work in the state of Maine. The goal of this program is to strengthen the impact of Maine-based nonprofit organizations by improving their organizational capacity.

The community foundation offers endowment management for nonprofits. Please refer to the Agency Nonprofit Funds page to learn more about this service.

The community foundation has compiled a brief list of free or low-cost resources to help nonprofits adjust to challenging economic times.

The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit consulting firm, has published numerous articles to help nonprofits plan strategically and keep themselves sustainable during difficult economic times. Here are a few select resources from Bridgespan's Tough Times Resource Center.

The community foundation offers endowment management for nonprofits. Please refer to the Agency Funds section of our website to learn more about this service.

Maine-based Resources

Lift360. Lift360 builds Maine's civic capacity by providing leadership training and leadership development to Maine leaders.

Maine Association of Nonprofits. MANP is a statewide, membership organization dedicated to strengthening the voice, leadership and organizational effectiveness of Maine's nonprofits. Also from MANP: Guiding Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

Maine Philanthropy Center. The Maine Philanthropy Center is a nonprofit organization that promotes effective philanthropy in Maine.

PCs for Maine. PCs for Maine is public computer literacy project that enriches lives, educates the young and old, provides cost-effective communications, increases job skills and personal computer access for people, schools and nonprofit organizations across the state of Maine.

National Resources

Council on Foundations (COF). An association of foundations and corporations that promotes responsible philanthropy.

Chronicle of Philanthropy. A news source for nonprofit professionals and others working in philanthropy.

Emerson & Church Publishers. Emerson & Church publishes some of the bestselling and most authoritative fundraising and board development books in the U.S. They also offer a free subscription to Contributions, a quarterly magazine which focuses on all facets of fundraising and organizational management, and excerpts from books and articles for free reprint.

Foundation Center. The Foundation Center is a clearinghouse for information on grant seeking and foundation and corporate giving.

Free-range Thinking. Free-range Thinking is a monthly online journal written by Andy Goodman that offers "best practices, resources, and generally useful stuff for public interest communicators." Subscribe by clicking on the link above.

Idealware provides candid reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits. Through product comparisons, recommendations, case studies, and software news, Idealware allows nonprofits to make the software decisions that will help them be more effective.

TechSoup. TechSoup provides technology news, resources and discount software for nonprofits.