About Nonprofits

Nonprofit Research

3.6 billionMANP conducts and compiles research on Maine’s nonprofit sector to help organizations and individuals better understand the vital role nonprofits play in Maine’s quality of life, and stay aware of trends and issues facing mission-driven organizations.

Adding Up Impact: Maine Nonprofits at Work (2015)

This report shows through example and data how nonprofits provide a great return on the investment we make in them. Nonprofits are a considerable employer and a significant contributor to the Maine economy. The stories from eight nonprofits are examples of how the sector works every day to improve the quality of our lives at a cost that is hard to beat.

Nonprofit Compensation Report

Every other year MANP surveys Maine nonprofits and produces a report on nonprofit wages and benefits as a resource for organizations to reference when setting compensation. Member organizations that participate in the survey receive the resulting report for free. Non-participating members and participating non-members receive great discounts.

Fundraising Effectiveness Project

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ annual Fundraising Effectiveness Survey collects fundraising data from nonprofit organizations and enables groups to measure and compare their fundraising gain and loss ratios to those of similar organizations.

Giving USA

This annual report outlines key trends in American Philanthropy. The full report requires purchase, but readers can download highlights for free, and free analysis of this report  is common.

How America Gives

A period study conducted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy to examine giving data by ZIP code and income level across the U.S. Interactive maps allow users to explore local data.

Leadership New England

This 2015 report profiles New England’s nonprofits and their leaders and recommends three shifts that will help the sector become more sustainable and healthier.

Leading with Intent

A national index of nonprofit board practices produced by BoardSource.

New England’s Creative Economy: Nonprofit Sector Impact (2011)

This report by the New England Foundation for the Arts outlines the many ways nonprofit organizations throughout New England are impacting local and state economies and quality of life.

Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Public Charities, Giving + Volunteering

This annual brief from the Urban Institute highlights trends in the number and finances of 501(c)(3) public charities as well as key findings on private charitable contributions and volunteering.

Partnering for Impact: Government-Nonprofit Contracting Reform Task Forces Produce Results for Taxpayers

This 2013 report from the National Council of Nonprofits reviews the creation, recommendations, and implementation activities of joint government-nonprofit contracting reform task forces in nine states to identify trends and insights that can be applied elsewhere.

The State of Nonprofit Governance

This report from the Urban Institute provides a snapshot of nonprofit governance policies and practices among operating public charities.

State of the Nonprofit Sector

Each year, Nonprofit Finance Fund conducts a State of the Sector survey designed to capture nonprofits’ trends, challenges, and actions across a broad mix of programmatic, financial, and operational indicators.

Volunteering + Civic Life in America

This annual report, sponsored by the Corporation for National & Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship, analyzes volunteering and civic life in the 50 states and 51 cities across the country. Data includes volunteer rates and rankings, civic engagement trends, and analysis.