Lift360 offers a pro bono program for nonprofits called Springboard. Through the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations who are passionate about strengthening the nonprofit sector, Springboard connects a nonprofit with a group of 10-15 volunteer panelists from the private and public sectors for a facilitated 90-minute brainstorming session to help address a key challenge the nonprofit is facing. Over 130 nonprofits have taken part as Springboard presenters — see a complete list of the past participating organizations.
“The ideas from the [panelist] group were tremendous. I also thought the clarifying questions were extremely useful. That was such an incredible experience of support, encouragement, creativity and clarity. I wish all non-profit ED’s could be so lucky!” -Anne Hallward, Executive Director, Safe Space Radio
When is Springboard?
Springboard sessions usually are monthly on Friday mornings in locations throughout Maine.
What do I have to prepare for a Springboard?
There are two materials a nonprofit must prepare for a session: a presentation on the question that will be presented at the outset of the Springboard session, and background on the agency sent to the panelists ahead of time.
How does the preparation process work?
Preparation consists of an initial meeting with us to frame the question and then the nonprofit outlining, developing, and rehearsing the presentation, with ongoing feedback and direction from our staff. The preparation process takes 5-6 weeks.
What happens after a Springboard?
The ideas coming out of a Springboard session belong to the participating nonprofit; Lift360 is available for a follow-up meeting at a time that makes most sense for the agency as they move forward with learning from the session.
Interested in volunteering as a panelist?
Want to be considered as a nonprofit presenter?
For additional information, contact Carol Walker Aten, or call 207-699-4545
SPRINGBOARD SCHEDULE 2016 – 2017
September 30, 2016 – Count ME In at VIA Agency, Portland, ME
October 11, 2016 – Springboard’s 15th Birthday Party at Elsmere BBQ (4-9 pm) — RSVP here!
October 28, 2016 – Boy Singers of Maine at VIA Agency, Portland, ME
November 18, 2016 – Side X Side at VIA Agency, Portland, ME
February 24, 2017 – SKEW – 8:30-10:00 am, VIA Agency, Portland, ME
April 21, 2017 – Elder Abuse Institute of Maine – 8:30-10:00 am, VIA Agency, Portland, ME
June 9, 2017 – Engine – 8:30-10:00 am, Camden National Bank, Portland, ME
Thank you to our generous Springboard sponsors!