• Introducing Lift360

    The Institute for Civic Leadership + Common Good Ventures merged as Lift360 to strengthen Northern New England communities by improving effectiveness of leaders and organizations. Lift360 now provides comprehensive services and programs to build nonprofit capacity; develop business, municipal and nonprofit leaders; facilitate collaborations; and convene multi-sector conversations. More »

  • Consulting Services

    Lift360 primarily builds capacity for a host of nonprofit organizations like 3S Artspace and The Nature Conservancy. Our pro bono Springboard connects a nonprofit with a multi-sector volunteer panel to brainstorm a challenge the nonprofit faces. We address every organizational need and complexity, including board development, business and strategic planning, and operational review. More »

  • Leadership Development

    Lift360’s programs enhance the capacity of leaders to succeed. The Leadership Intensive teaches individual and collaborative skills; Emerging Leaders prepares and matches young leaders for nonprofit board roles; Board Connect trains seasoned professionals for board service; we co-deliver the Health Leadership Development Program with the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership; and we develop onsite leadership teams for private and public organizations. More »

  • Community Events

    Lift360’s Leadership in Action Breakfasts bring inspiring national and regional speakers together with area leaders in a friendly networking forum. Our Regional Conference highlights innovative thought leaders who explore collaborative solutions to community and global issues. In partnership with other organizations, we design and facilitate topical public forums that engage civic discourse. More »

  • Workshops and Seminars

    Led by expert facilitators, Lift360 workshops and learning opportunities provide participants relevant tools and creative stimulus to investigate positive paths for transformational change. In addition to new offerings being developed, popular seminars have included Leading Change with Courage and Intention, and Tough Talks Teach: From Difficult Conversations to Positive Results. More »

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Get Early Discount for 10/3/14 Conference!...

posted on September 15th, 2014
LIFT 360 Conference

Don’t miss Together: Leading Positive Change presented by Lift360 (ICL + CGV) October 3, 2014, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Portland, Maine’s Abromson Community Education

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posted on September 15th, 2014
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We are very excited to be making our “mark” with our new logo – and soon — our new look for our website! We welcome your feedback, and

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Check Out Our New Name!...

posted on July 18th, 2014
News Flash

We are Lift360. Strengthening Leaders, Nonprofits and Communities.  The Institute for Civic Leadership and Common Good Ventures have merged as a stronger, new organization to

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Moving Maine Forward

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Scott Simons Architects: Building Community...

Scott Simons Architects

Portland-based architecture firm Scott Simons Architects doesn’t get the easy projects, and that’s just the way the firm’s founder and an ICL alum, Scott Simons, likes it. Sometimes, his is the second or even third architect to be hired for a project, and thanks in large part to their ICL training, the firm that finally designs something the gets built. That was the case with the Portland Public Library. From the start, the firm had to overcome the obstacle of an eight-year gap since the design by the architect originally hired for the project’s design floundered from funding challenges.

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Southern Maine’s growing ethnic diversity represents is an important population. Yet many barriers prevent new Mainers from becoming fullly contributing participants in our communities. Five ICL Leadership Intensive Alumni –Tae Chong, Dolly Hersom, Margie MacDonald, John Shoos and Grace Valenzuela– got together to consider how they could make a positive response to our region’s changing demographics.

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