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GoodWork Nonprofit Incubator Accepting New Participants


Early-Stage & Start-Up Nonprofits Encouraged to Apply

PortsmouthGoodWork is now accepting applications for its Nonprofit Incubator.

GoodWork provides customized, strategic support to idea phase, early-stage, and start-up nonprofit organizations and has helped fifteen nascent nonprofits bring their brilliant ideas to fruition over the last two years. GoodWork has provided over 300 hours in technical support, delivered 15 educational programs, provided professional development to early-stage nonprofit founders, provided customized, strategic support to hundreds of nonprofits, and created an inspirational meeting space for nonprofit organizations and businesses to convene and collaborate.

In turn, these organizations have impacted the Seacoast community by feeding families experiencing food scarcity, providing housing to developmentally disabled adults, soothing those struggling with mental health issues with movement and dance, supporting caregivers of children with parents struggling with addiction, delivering self-directed education to students needing an alternative to public school and providing healthy food vouchers to veterans.

To be eligible for the Incubator, organizations must meet all the following criteria:

  • Serve one or more cities or towns in Strafford County or eastern Rockingham County.
  • Be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code or be working to determine if organizing as a 501c3 nonprofit is an appropriate structure for the organization.
  • Provide services that are non-partisan and non-denominational.
  • Be less than three years old and have an annual operating budget under $250,000. Organizations with more resources or length of time in operation should discuss their particular situation with GoodWork staff before applying.

Interested organizations should visit to determine eligibility and complete and submit the Incubator Intent to Apply by January 31, 2022, 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Intent to Apply submissions will be reviewed and invitations to submit a full application will be sent by February 15, 2022.  Those organizations that are invited to submit a full application, should complete the application by March 15, 2022, 5:00 pm Eastern Time.  GoodWork will notify applicants of decisions by April 15, 2022.


The GoodWork Leadership Team is available to answer questions and may be reached at

“Going into our third year, we are so pleased to be refining and expanding our selection process to more effectively reach start-up organizations in need of support,” said GoodWork CEO Molly Hodgson. Hodgson along with COO, Maria Sillari co-founded the organization in 2019 and operate out of their headquarters at the fully renovated historic Carey Cottage in Portsmouth.

“We engaged a group of experienced and thoughtful leaders to provide an objective review of the GoodWork Incubator selection process. Members provided a slate of high-level recommendations to our leadership team for how to strategically develop our process going forward,” said Sillari.

Members of the GoodWork Incubator Taskforce are;

  • Jim Varn, Retired, Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire
  • Peggy Kieschnick, MSW, ACSW, Founding Principal, Kieschnick Consulting Services
  • Rosalind Erwin, Senior Program Officer, Piscataqua Region, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • Russ Grazier, Co-Founder & CEO, Portsmouth Music & Arts Center & Board Member, Center for New Hampshire Nonprofits
  • Wyatt Davis, Founding Principal, Clarkson Davis


About GoodWork:
The mission of GoodWork is to support, develop and strengthen Greater Seacoast nonprofits by maximizing their capacity to deliver services, through customized strategic support and affordable live and work space.  GoodWork envisions thriving, successful, mission-driven nonprofits contributing to the overall cultural, environmental, economic, and social wellbeing of the community.  GoodWork’s customized incubator services are provided at no cost.

Posted on: December 8, 2021
Topics: Something New

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