Springboard is a pro bono program, previously managed by Lift360 and carried forward in 2018 by MANP, that harnesses the power of the collective wisdom and ingenuity in our communities to create solutions. The program provides a structured opportunity for a nonprofit to present a key question to a panel of 10-15 peers from across all three sectors. After a facilitated 90-minute brainstorming session, the presenting nonprofit walks away with advice, ideas and input from their peers.

Presenting at Springboard

More than 130 nonprofits have presented at Springboard!  The participating nonprofit’s Executive Director delivers a 10-minute presentation on a question or challenge faced by the agency, followed by a facilitated session where panelists brainstorm on the question. Appropriate questions are:

  • Timely and relevant
  • Broad enough for substantial discussion, but succinct enough to present in 10 minutes
  • Relevant to the business – marketing, HR, finance, operations, etc.

Preparation consists of an initial meeting with MANP staff to frame the question and then outlining, developing and rehearsing the presentation. The preparation process takes 5-6 weeks. Find more details in our  About Springboard handout.

Springboard sessions take place 4-8 times per year, usually on Fridays from 8-9:30am, in locations throughout Maine.

Apply to Present to Springboard

To be considered as the nonprofit presenter at a future Springboard, please complete this form. Please note that we currently have a waiting list and MANP member organizations are given preference.

Interested in Volunteering as a Panelist?

This program is made possible through the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations who are passionate about strengthening the nonprofit sector. Being a panelist for the Springboard program is a rewarding opportunity to contribute expertise and insight to a local organization, build connections with colleagues, and feel inspired by the power of communities coming together to solve challenges.

If you would like to be added to the list to be notified of future panelist opportunities, please complete the online Springboard Panelist Application.

History of Springboard

Springboard was created by Common Good Ventures as a response to a central problem: “How do we get business people to start thinking about nonprofits in a different way? How do we get them to realize that nonprofits share a lot in common with for-profits from a business stand point?” Common Good Ventures later merged with Institute for Civic Leadership to become Lift360. Beginning in 2018, MANP is proud to carry the Springboard program forward.


Thank you to Machias Savings Bank for their generous sponsorship of this program.