On July 1, 2014, the Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) and Common Good Ventures (CGV) merged to become Lift360.
In 1993, ICL was founded following a study by the Unum Charitable Foundation which revealed the need to rejuvenate and rebuild Greater Portland’s civic leadership. ICL adopted a different, collaborative model of leadership development programming, and created the Leadership Intensive. Today, as Lift360, the ICL Leadership Intensive continues to grow and flourish, with a strong alumni network of over 800 people from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors who bring collaborative models to their communities and companies.
In April 2006, ICL merged with The Board Network, an organization founded in 1999 to build stronger nonprofit boards of directors in Maine. The Board Network increased the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations through a board matching program, board education workshops, and a statewide conference on board governance. The Board Network’s legacy continues through the Emerging Leaders and Board Connect programs.
Common Good Ventures was founded in 2000 on the principal that mission-driven non-profit organizations can benefit from business coaching, mentoring, and a thoughtful and accountable management framework, much like businesses in the for-profit sector. CGV’s mission was to help the nonprofit sector improve its outcomes, reach its potential, and successfully address pressing social problems that affect the economy. CGV was originally set up under the umbrella of the Maine Community Foundation, with its own board led by founder Warren Cook. CGV worked with long-term partner organizations as well as several additional non-profits each year through its Business Advisor and Springboard programs. In 2003 CGV became an independent nonprofit and for the next decade worked with over 200 nonprofits funded by through philanthropic support and fee for service revenue.