Our mission is to help create economically and environmentally healthy communities in which all people, especially those with low incomes, can reach their full potential.
VISION OF CEI: 2012
CEI in 2012 is a Maine-based organization with strategic expansions outside of Maine, serving more rural communities directly or through alliances and having an ever greater impact on poverty, which is documented with data. The organization has a high financial sustainability ratio, thanks to new and expanded sources of funds through private giving, public funds, and income from funds and venture capital. CEI has a metric for looking at the balance of the 3 Es—economy, equity and environment—through all initiatives, and has a group in place measuring impact, scanning for opportunities, and developing policy. The board is broader, reflects CEI's initiatives and geography, and is being used effectively. CEI is innovative and entrepreneurial, leveraging its competencies for maximum impact on the targeted population: people and communities in poverty, left out of the economic mainstream, the underserved and at-risk populations. CEI has a clear brand identity and has activated businesses and communities for policy development and fund-raising.
Justice – the right to political, economic, social and environmental justice
Diversity – enrichment of cultural, ethnic and racial representation from work, customers and partners
Entrepreneurship – an innovative, risk-taking culture
Collaboration – partnerships with stakeholders
Customer service – continually improve quality of service
Professional development – support growth of board and staff