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The Capacity Builder's Tool Box

by LK Gagnon

Funders and nonprofit leaders interested in learning about useful capacity building tools and services developed by Maine-based consultants are invited to attend the upcoming Capacity Builder’s Tool Box luncheon series.

These discussions will run from 11:30-1 p.m., and will be held in either Bangor or Portland. Lunch will be provided, and the cost for attending is $20 for each session. To register, please contact LK Gagnon at

March 17


Laura Quinn, executive director of Portland-based Idealware, will talk about the free and low cost technology resources that are available to nonprofits.  Idealware is a national nonprofit that provides information to help other nonprofits make smart software decisions.  Through articles like A Few Good Broadcast Email Tools, and detailed reports such as The Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Systems, Idealware has reviewed hundreds of different software packages of interest to nonprofits.

United Way, Greater Portland

400 Congress St., 4th Floor

Portland, ME 04101

May 19


Jeff Wahlstrom, managing director of Bangor-based Starboard Leadership Consulting will discuss the comprehensive on-line board self-assessment tool and workbook he developed to help Maine boards of directors shape governance strategies. In addition, Jeff will offer insights gained from developing and using the tool with nonprofit leaders and boards of directors.

Bangor Public Library

145 Harlow St

Bangor, ME 04401

July 21

Back Office Services

Leleah Parker is the founder of Portland-based Red Balloon for ME, an innovative business venture designed specifically to support  Maine nonprofits by providing centralized, shared, ‘back office’ services in finance, human resources, administration, project and office management. Come learn more about this interesting business model.

Goodwill Industries of NNE

353 Cumberland Ave

Portland, ME 04101

September 15


Gary Stern, president of Portland-based Stern Consulting International, will share work-in-progress from the 3rd edition of his globally-distributed Marketing Workbook for Nonprofit Organizations, co-authored with Elana Center.  Gary will engage participants in addressing how core marketing principles and practices have (and haven’t) changed with the advent of the Internet and explosion of social media.  He will touch on positioning and brand identity; strategic marketing goals; aligning the offline and online mix for results.

United Way of Greater Portland

400 Congress St., 4th Floor

Portland, ME 04101

November 3

Accounting and CFO Services

Bob Brown is president of The CPA Solution, LLC, a firm specializing in fraud detection and prevention, forensic accounting and fractional CFO services.  Based in Bangor, Maine, the firm provides services from coast to coast to a diverse client base. With the recent downturn in the economy, fraud and embezzlement are becoming all too common in organizations today.  With the median loss of a typical fraud reaching $175K, just a few take away items over lunch can pay dividends for years to come.  Leave the theories at home and learn some action steps that can be implemented once you set foot in your office.

Bangor Public Library

145 Harlow St.

Bangor, ME 04401

To register, please contact LK Gagnon at

This series is funded by the Dead River Foundation, with special thanks to MANP advisor Dick Roderick.

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