Propelling the Creative Community

Biddeford, ME   |
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EIN: 27-2463118


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.

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Executive Director

Jessica Muise

Main address

PO Box 1681

Biddeford, ME 04005 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Population served info


At-risk youth

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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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
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.
  • 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

  • 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


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.12 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of ENGINE INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$3,695 $7,196 -$25,954 $273,184 -$109,294
As % of expenses -1.7% 3.5% -13.8% 105.4% -34.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$8,732 $2,193 -$27,181 $272,112 -$112,548
As % of expenses -3.8% 1.0% -14.3% 104.5% -34.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $219,883 $225,229 $169,118 $532,416 $212,403
Total revenue, % change over prior year 15.6% 2.4% -24.9% 214.8% -60.1%
Program services revenue 29.2% 29.1% 19.1% 6.2% 12.7%
Membership dues 1.6% 1.0% 1.2% 0.3% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.9% 10.2% 11.1% 5.8% 7.2%
All other grants and contributions 63.2% 55.9% 44.2% 79.5% 59.5%
Other revenue 5.1% 3.8% 24.4% 8.2% 20.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $223,578 $207,877 $188,479 $259,232 $321,697
Total expenses, % change over prior year 5.2% -7.0% -9.3% 37.5% 24.1%
Personnel 57.7% 36.3% 32.0% 42.5% 43.7%
Professional fees 4.6% 2.7% 27.4% 5.9% 8.0%
Occupancy 9.7% 6.7% 14.7% 7.2% 19.0%
Interest 0.3% 0.4% 0.3% 1.0% 0.4%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 8.9%
All other expenses 27.7% 53.9% 25.7% 43.5% 20.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $228,615 $212,880 $189,706 $260,304 $324,951
One month of savings $18,632 $17,323 $15,707 $21,603 $26,808
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $247,247 $230,203 $205,413 $281,907 $351,759

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.0 2.4 9.4 20.5 11.7
Months of cash and investments 2.0 2.4 9.4 20.5 11.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.7 2.3 1.9 14.0 7.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $37,464 $42,348 $147,438 $442,986 $313,802
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $20 $0 $330 -$115 -$146
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $43,511 $43,511 $19,773 $19,773 $19,773
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 39.5% 51.0% 78.1% 83.5% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 15.6% 27.0% 84.7% 31.8% 38.8%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $58,721 $60,914 $33,733 $305,845 $193,297

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Executive Director

Jessica Muise

An artist and arts advocate, Jess Muise is passionate about helping people make the world they imagine through transformative experiences in creative community. Her experience includes more than a decade of outreach, fundraising, marketing, program & facility management and strategic planning for arts based community development. Muise led growth in program capacity and partnerships as Membership & Outreach Director at Artisan’s Asylum, a 40,000 square foot community workshop in Somerville, MA and curated a variety of new exhibition and residency programs as Visual Arts Manager at The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord, MA. She is the treasurer for CraftMass, a non-profit dedicated to supporting creative communities, and volunteers as a resource for students focused on arts and social impact at Boston University’s BUild Lab.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Abigail Bryant

Edward Jones

Term: 2023 - 2025

Derek Seabury


Christy Bergland

Artist and Art Therapist

Sarah Lafortune

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Bistra Nikiforova

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Nick Blunier

Common Roots Studio

Josh Soley

Maine Realty Advisors

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 1/14/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/18/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. 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.