Our new strategic framework focuses the Island Institute teams on where we are best positioned for impact and real-world outcomes. By measuring our impact with defined goals, we ensure accountability and transparency. The impacts and outcomes below, along with the supporting data, help clarify the contribution we seek to make in Maine and beyond.


Through our work, the Island Institute seeks to ensure that Maine’s island and coastal communities are at the forefront of implementing climate solutions, have resilient economies, and are invested in creating strong leaders.

 “Impacts are what we hope for, but outcomes are what we work for.”

Author of The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox and former consultant to Charity Navigator


By working alongside Maine’s island and coastal leaders to build community sustainability, we are focused on a future that achieves the following outcomes.

Responsive leadership

Maine’s island and coastal leaders have the skills and resources to enact community-wide efforts in anticipation of and response to rapid change.

High-quality internet

Maine’s island and coastal residents have high-quality internet connections to support remote work and distance education.

Workforce ready

Maine’s island and coastal workforce has relevant skills in the digital economy, creative economy, and climate change response trades.

Critical business

Maine’s island and coastal businesses identified as too critical to fail are prepared for consequences of climate change and social and economic upheaval.

Climate readiness

Maine’s island and coastal communities have progressed toward climate readiness through investment in local infrastructure projects or engagement in regional initiatives.