Springboard is a pro bono program that harnesses the collective wisdom and ingenuity in our communities to create solutions. The program provides a structured opportunity for a nonprofit to present a key strategic question to 10-15 panelists from across the public, private and nonprofit 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 (or other leader) delivers a 10-minute presentation on a question or challenge faced by the agency, followed by a facilitated session during which panelists brainstorm on the question. Appropriate questions are:

  • Timely and relevant
  • Broad enough for substantial discussion, but succinct enough to present in 10 minutes
  • Strategic or programmatic – relating to strategic focus, marketing, program design, partnership development, talent sustainability, innovation, etc.

Preparation consists of an initial meeting with MANP staff to frame the question and then support from MANP in outlining, developing and rehearsing the presentation over several meetings. The preparation process usually takes 8-12 weeks.

Download our About Springboard handout for more details.

Request to Be a Springboard Presenter

We are not currently accepting applications for this program. If you would like more information, please contact Molly O’Connell at moconnell@nonprofitmaine.org.

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.

We are not currently accepting applications to be a panelist, as the program is on hold during the pandemic. 

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 when Lift360 closed its doors, MANP adopted the program and is proud to steward the Springboard tradition moving forward.


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