Learn With UMC

Capacity Building

Learn With UMC is a series of capacity-building offerings that enable local nonprofits to better serve their clients through greater efficiency, organizational stability, improved governance, more robust funding, and a data-informed focus on outcomes. All programming is designed in collaboration with our Nonprofit Advisory Council, a group of twelve high-performing direct service organizations serving vulnerable populations in our area.

The Nonprofit Advisory Council members agree that in addition to ongoing operational support, their greatest need is for capacity-building support, guidance, and expert advice. Less than 30% of more than 50 surveyed agencies have any budget for professional development funds, and most opportunities in this state are offered two hours away in either Bangor or Portland, requiring expensive travel and additional staff time. Based on this feedback, and aiming to create equitable opportunities for all, UMC expanded its programming to include workshops, individual coaching, networking, and consultation based in Midcoast Maine.

United Midcoast Charities is currently the only organization providing nonprofit professional development and technical assistance in the Midcoast. More than 85% of 2019 attendees reported that they would be otherwise unable to access this kind of training and support.

In 2019, UMC offered eight workshops on subjects including essential financial policies, employee retention & recruitment, marketing, and program evaluation. These workshops served more than 80 attendees representing over 50 nonprofits. 87% of attendees report that they left their training with the necessary tools and materials and a plan of action to implement their learning.

In 2018, UMC partnered with Foundation Directory as a Funding Information Network (FIN) Partner to begin offering free fundraising assistance to local nonprofits five days a week. Foundation Directory Online access at UMC allows grant seekers to search more than 156,000 registered foundations in granular detail to identify funders who are eager to support their work. UMC provides free access to FDO and one-on-one coaching on grant seeking to any nonprofit representative working in our two county service area.

In 2019, more than 50 nonprofit representatives have used this resource at our Camden office to find additional funding for their organization. 100% reported that their visit resulted in strong new funding prospects. 

United Midcoast Charities’ capacity building program builds equity by expanding nonprofits’ ability to assist those in need by helping them become more efficient, sustainable, attractive to other funders, and to become more able to deliver data-informed outcomes. Learn With UMC attendees can better serve Mainers when they are fully resourced, with fiscally sound policies, excellent program design and evaluation, and a highly engaged staff and board.

Due to the COVID pandemic, we have temporarily suspended Learn With UMC. We anticipate restarting this valuable program once the pandemic has passed. If you’d like to get on our invitation list, please send us an email at Admin@UnitedMidcoastCharities.org.

United Midcoast Charities offers many workshops and learning opportunities throughout the year. To view upcoming events, click here.

If you have a pressing organizational need or inquiry that falls outside of our workshop offerings, you may contact us at 207-236-2299 to request information or consultation.

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Thank you to our supporters!

Learn With UMC's pilot year programming was generously funded by a leadership gift from Barney and Edward Lane and support from many business sponsors and in-kind donations.