ENGINE INC

Propelling the Creative Community

Biddeford, ME   |  www.feedtheengine.org

Mission

Engine’s mission is to connect and inspire our community through art, design, and education. Engine envisions a community and economy in which art, design, and education are valued, integrated, and celebrated. We believe that commerce follows culture, art should integrate, not alienate, and that art, in its fullest expression, not only impacts individuals but transforms communities.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Jessica Muise

Main address

PO Box 1681

Biddeford, ME 04005 USA

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EIN

27-2463118

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Compass Project

Compass Project is a boat building program serving at-risk youth in Maine for more than 10 years. Through project-based learning and mentoring relationships fostered by staff and volunteers, students build academic skills, develop self-esteem and confidence, and prepare themselves for a role in the workplace and their communities. Compass Project has served more than 2,000 students.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

A makerspace where you can make (almost) anything, based on MIT's FabLab model. The makerspace contains digital fabrication equipment and tools for making to support youth, artists, and entrepreneurs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Children
Artists and performers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Engine’s programs serve youth and adults primarily in Biddeford, a community with the lowest median income and educational attainment rates in York County. 11.7% of its residents live in poverty, about 1.4 times the rate in the Portland-South Portland, ME Metro Area. Our target for our education programs is at-risk underserved youth. There are approximately 4,000 children between the ages of 5-19 in a town of 21,000 and 2,500 in the public school system. More than 40% of these students qualify for free or reduced lunch. 50% of our program attendees utilize our sliding scale pricing and we expect that to increase with the increased inclusion of New Mainer students.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In response to participant evalations we adjusted our Compass Project curriculum design to include options for more self-directed and independent activity options.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ENGINE INC

Board of directors
as of 3/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephanie Edwards

Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium

Term: 2019 - 2022

Karin Gregory

Blue Highway Capital

Derek Seabury

CraftMass

Christy Bergland

Artist and Art Therapist

Chrystina Gastelum

HarkHouse

Sarah Daniels

University of New England

Stephen Burt

University of New England

Kim Knickle

Insight Enterprises

Diane Noble

Artist

Sarah Lafortune

Samudra Studios

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/18/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/18/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.