The past year has been arguably the most difficult for the nonprofit sector, which has not only faced the same challenges as businesses, but also experienced increased demand for services. But, as the economy recovers, a new nonprofit incubator, GoodWork, is looking to help.
Located in Portsmouth and established by a Seacoast family foundation in 2019, GoodWork provides coaching, training, resources, programs and professional development for executives. It also offers peer-to-peer support and networking to start-up and start-up nonprofits.
Participants receive mentorship from senior leaders of nonprofit organizations and have access to pro bono consultants. This includes advice on developing an assignment, developing marketing and fundraising plans, connecting with donors, managing forms to achieve tax exempt status, creating a network and finding affordable office space.
“Early stage organizations need more than money. They need resources, accounting support, business advice, ”says Molly Hodgson, CEO. “GoodWork provides social entrepreneurs with personalized strategic support. We meet people where they are.
The management of GoodWork has experience in the non-profit community. Hodgson previously served as president of the Grand Dover Chamber of Commerce, executive director of NH Businesses for Social Responsibility and was the first executive director of NH Made. Maria Sillari, COO, was the NH Charitable Foundation Artist Advancement Grant Program Consultant, the First Director of the Greater Seacoast Coalition to End Homelessness (now Home for All), and was both Director campaign and director of fund distribution for Centraide. from Greater Seacoast where she was co-founder and liaison with the Partnership for Effective Nonprofits.
“It’s an organization we wished we had from the start of our professional careers,” says Hodgson. GoodWork’s head office offers a meeting room that any nonprofit can use, a library, coworking spaces, and a shared kitchen.
Hodgson says that shortly after GoodWork welcomed its first cohort of six nonprofits, COVID struck forcing all programming to go virtual. The second cohort of eight associations will be able to benefit from the physical incubator this year.
“We’ve tried to get people to be nimble and adapt,” Hodgson said of starting a nonprofit organization in pandemic and in general.
GoodWork also helps nonprofits looking to grow but are not part of the learning group, Sillari explains. “When you inject resources into a nonprofit, look at the amazing things we can accomplish,” Hodgson says.
For more information, visit goodworkseacoast.org.
Participants in the GoodWork 2021 incubator:
Alliance for Greater Good: An organization of four friends in Portsmouth that offers people many ways to help others.
Articine: Based in Newfields, Articine connects artists and healthcare professionals to create and implement collaborative wellness experiences.
Indonesian Community Connect: Connects the Indonesian community of Somersworth to the surrounding region through education and celebrations that promote the richness of Indonesian heritage.
Our Place: Provides residential options, services and supports in Dover designed to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities.
Red’s Good Vibes: Provides contactless grocery deliveries to families and community members within a 30 mile radius of Portsmouth.
Smiling Spirit: Based in Durham, helps military personnel, first responders and their families develop healthy mental and physical habits by providing educational resources and New England vacation stays.
Voice Assistance Services: Based in Portsmouth, they partner with nonprofit, government and medical organizations to deliver therapeutic singing programs.
Purseverance207: The Portsmouth organization collects lightly used handbags, fills them with personal items and an uplifting gift, and gives them to women in transition at homeless shelters, recovery centers and shelters for domestic violence.
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