Local Program Organizational Structure

Local Main Street programs are usually housed in a nonprofit corporation established expressly to revitalize the commercial district or in an existing nonprofit organization.  A freestanding Main Street organization has a high level of autonomy, remaining accountable only to the community it serves, its funders, and its volunteers.  Staff reports directly to the board of directors.  (See Figure A)

As part of an existing organization, the program can maintain relative autonomy, but must coordinate projects and fund-raising efforts with the parent organization.  Similarly, Main Street staff in an existing organization often must report indirectly (or directly) to the parent organization’s executive director.  (See Figure B)

Figure A:  Freestanding, Nonprofit Program

Main Street Organization Chart - Freestanding Nonprofit


Figure B:  Main Street in an Existing Organization

Main Street Organization Chart - Existing Organization