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Viability Session for Health & Human Services Nonprofits – October 27 & 28

by Annie Sutton

The fourth Nonprofit Sector Viability Program of 2010 will provide senior leaders of ten nonprofit organizations that contract or have provider agreements with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services with a structured and supportive environment for thinking deeply about the viability of their mission, programs and finances; and for identifying new options to sustain their organizations and/or missions through collaborative and other means.

This offering will be especially beneficial for executive directors and board leaders who are interested in proactive, creative and adaptive responses to significant shifts in funding and demand for their services. Organizations that meet the following criteria are invited to submit an application:

  • Budget between $500,000 and $2 million
  • Receive at least 50% of budget from the Maine Department of Health & Human Services, through either a contract or provider agreement

Participants will walk away from the session with:

  • In depth fiscal and programmatic viability analyses
  • Greater clarity about their programmatic futures
  • Concrete plans for coping with immediate economic challenges
  • Options for pursuing collaboration, merger or alliance as means to sustaining mission and increasing intended impacts
  • Clear steps for implementation
  • Targeted consulting assistance

The program consists of three components:

  1. 1. An introspective self assessment that engages both board and staff to answer three questions: Are we operating from a position of relative strength or weakness? What kind of financial flexibility do we have? And what are our options for adapting, strengthening and managing in today’s challenging times, particularly our options for collaboration, strategic alliance and merger?
  2.  2. A 1 ½ day session, being offered October 27th & 28th in Augusta, which is designed to lead executive directors and board leaders sequentially from analysis to action planning. Each session strikes a balance between large group and individual engagement and between providing information and engaging participants in analysis or planning. Consultants will play a facilitative and guiding role throughout, particularly during periods of individual engagement, and will be partnered with organizations that match their areas of expertise and experience.
  3. 3. Following the session, participants can request up to six hours of complimentary consulting to assist with implementation.


All interested organizations will be asked to submit a short application to be considered for this opportunity. For further information and to request this application, please contact Annie Sutton at Maine Association of Nonprofits at

Deadline for applications is August 20th.

The Nonprofit Sector Viability Collaboration responsible for creating this program includes: Maine Association of Nonprofits, Common Good Ventures, Institute for Civic Leadership, and the Maine Community Foundation.

2 thoughts on “Viability Session for Health & Human Services Nonprofits – October 27 & 28

Dean Crocker says:

while we can’t participate for two days, MCA is interested in the result as it may inform our policy decisions. If there is a way to share the results, it may be helpful to MANP’s members

Brenda Peluso says:

Hi Dean, There may be some general results we can share, but these clinics are very organizationally specific and strict confidentiality is maintained. Certainly if we discover trends that are either positively or negatively affecting numbers of organizations, we can and would publish those results. Our experience to date, however, has not produced general reportable results.

If you are interested in how the assessment tool could be applied, but don’t have the two days to devote to the clinic participation, there are half-day seminars offered each quarter. The next one is on September 30th:

Thank you for your interest and your question.

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