Candidates on Nonprofits

MANP encourages nonprofits to participate appropriately, legally, and fully in our democracy. We facilitate nonprofit voter engagement, and we ask all candidates for publicly elected office to talk about their experiences with and ideas for the nonprofit sector.

Charitable and educational nonprofits by charter must remain nonpartisan and not take sides for a candidate or party. However, nonpartisanship does not mean nonparticipation!

2022 Candidate Questionnaire

As in the past, we are surveying all candidates for Maine office on the following questions.

  1. Please describe your personal and professional experiences with nonprofit organizations.
  2. Please describe your top 3 policy goals.
  3. Please provide specific ways in which, if elected, you would partner with the nonprofit sector to achieve the goals of your campaign.

Complete the Questionnaire by September 30th

(If you have trouble with the online form, you can download the form and return it by email or postal mail.)

Candidate Questionnaire Answers

The questionnaire was distributed by mail and email in early September and candidates will have until September 30th to respond after which we will post responses on this page. Answers received after the mail-in deadline will not be posted (unless postmarked prior to 9/30).

MANP Members: Help Us Collect Responses!

Your local candidates for office are more likely to respond to the questionnaire if they hear from you rather than from the MANP. Please take a few minutes in the next week to reach out to your local candidates to ask them to complete the questionnaire.

We recommend that you reach out to candidates running for office in the county where your organization is based. Please make sure you reach out to all candidates running to serve the county or geographic area you serve. This both increases the chances we will hear back from everyone and demonstrates that you are not favoring any candidates or political parties.

You can use the template language below to connect with the candidates:

“Dear Candidates, As part of the state’s nonprofit community, I’m interested in learning more about your experiences with nonprofits and your positions on policy issues that have a direct impact on our work. I encourage you to reply to the Maine Association of Nonprofits’ 2022 Candidate Questionnaire, which is only three questions long. Thank you if you have already responded.”

MANP does not endorse candidates or promote or endorse any political party. MANP’s goal is to educate candidates by making them aware of the impact and potential of the nonprofit sector, and to educate voters by soliciting information directly from candidates on how they would partner with the sector if elected.