What does it mean to be a nonprofit in the US? August 3, 2021, 9:00am EDT August 3, 2021, 11:00am EDT
City Hall, 2nd Fl., State of Maine Room
389 Congress St.
Portland, Maine, 04101

Are you interested in what it means to be a nonprofit organization? Have you thought about starting your own organization? This in-person workshop will provide an introduction to terms and structures related to nonprofits in the United States. **Please Note**: This event will be held at City Hall, 2nd Fl., State of Maine Room, 389 Congress St, Portland, Maine. This is an in-person event only.

Event hosted by: Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP), the City of Portland Office of Economic Opportunity, and SCORE Portland.


• Learn the basics of organizational structures
• Understand the roles of nonprofits in the US culture
• Review some key elements required by nonprofits.


This program is recommended for New Mainers, but anyone interested in learning about the cultural expectations of nonprofits in the US is welcome to enroll. It will not provide training on the steps to starting a nonprofit, but there is a separate workshop available on that topic offered at SCORE a few times a year. To allow enough time for conversation, space is limited to 20.

Your Presenters

Tom Leonhardt

Tom is a SCORE mentor and has worn many hats in his nonprofit career, including management, supervision, leadership, strategic planning, team building, facilitation, coaching, issues management and advocacy. In the area of organizational development, Tom has worked with groups to do strategic planning, issues management, coaching, mentoring, internal and external communication protocols.

Tom has facilitated international conferences, retreats, team planning events, technical workshops and meetings. In retirement, Tom has devoted his time to doing pro bono work for nonprofits in the Portland area.

Molly O'Connell

Molly serves as Assistant Director of Maine Association of Nonprofits, a membership organization dedicated to empowering people with purpose by strengthening the leadership, voice and organizational effectiveness of Maine nonprofits. In addition to coordinating their strategic workplan and providing administrative leadership, she plays a lead role in managing MANP’s Nonprofit Help Desk, directing the Emerging Leaders and Springboard programs, authoring publications and toolkits, and curating resources for a free, searchable online resource library, the Answer Center. Prior to her work with MANP, Molly has worn a variety of hats within Maine nonprofit organizations, including as an Amercorps*VISTA, youth development program manager, volunteer recruiter, and volunteer. Molly holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University.

Angelina Klouthis

Angelina currently serves as the Strategic Initiatives Leader at the Office of Economic Opportunity in the City of Portland, Maine. Previously, Angelina served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA (VFF USA). She has experience in fundraising in the US for programs around the world and transformed VFF USA to a $3.5 million organization in her 4 years of service. Over the last decade, Angelina has worked directly with over 100 organizations to create and adapt community outreach strategies, fundraising opportunities, and public policy for marginalized populations, including in India, Colombia, Niger, Haiti, Nicaragua, Cameroon, and in the US.

Key Topics

What does it mean to be a nonprofit in the US?