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Worth Another Look: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

by Mary Alice Scott
For years, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program has been notoriously difficult to navigate, and many people had written it off entirely. We’re here to tell you that it’s worth another look! The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (not to be confused with the recently announced student debt cancellation) is a program which fully […]

MANP’s Top Ten Things to Do Before Election Day – November 8th

by Mary Alice Scott
Election season is here, and it’s time to think about how your nonprofit will engage this year. While 501(c)(3) charities are strictly prohibited from engaging in partisan politics, nonpartisan does not mean nonparticipation! Charitable nonprofits are excellent messengers for nonpartisan election activation and “Get Out the Vote” campaigns. In fact, according to an Independent Sector poll, 71% of […]

Join Us in Offering Paid Time Off to Vote

by Mary Alice Scott
Election season is here, and it’s time to think about how your nonprofit will engage this year. While 501(c)(3) charities are strictly prohibited from engaging in partisan politics, nonpartisan does not mean nonparticipation! Charitable nonprofits are excellent messengers for nonpartisan election activation and “Get Out the Vote” campaigns. In fact, according to an Independent Sector […]

Help Desk FAQ: What Do I Need to Know About Nonprofit Raffles? Don’t Gamble with Compliance and Reporting

by Guest Blogger
Raffles can be a fun and effective way for nonprofit organizations to engage the public and raise funds to support the organization’s cause. Raffles are common at school events as well as other nonprofit fundraisers, and they give the public the opportunity to contribute money to a great cause while enjoying the chance to win […]

Discounted Advertising in the 2022 Mainebiz Giving Guide

by Kelly McCormack
Maine’s nonprofits are major employers, significant contributors to the economy, and they play a vital role in creating, sustaining and improving Maine’s quality of life. MANP is excited to once again present this special opportunity for our nonprofit members to elevate their mission and work to Maine’s business sector. MANP’s longtime media partner Mainebiz produces […]

Nonprofit Board Compensation: Yes, you can compensate board members, but should you?

by Guest Blogger
The Byzantine legal and regulatory landscape governing nonprofit compensation has many organizations frustrated as they seek to answer the seemingly simply question of whether their organization can compensate board members as a tool to reduce barriers to board participation. If you are wondering whether your organization can compensate board directors, the answer is yes, you […]

Survey Says: What We Learned from Members

by Katie Manter
Every year, MANP surveys our members because we want to hear from YOU. Your feedback on how your organization continues to navigate the pandemic and beyond helps ensure we are able to amplify your voices and experiences to policymakers and philanthropy and continue to offer the training, resources, and benefits that are most relevant to […]

Merger Advice from Your Peers

by Katie Manter
Nonprofit mergers are sometimes seen as a last resort in the face of financial crisis, but as highlighted in this article from Stanford Social Innovation Review, “mergers and acquisitions can be more than an escape plan, and instead help nonprofits preserve their mission and expand their impact.” On the flip side, nonprofits sometimes experience external […]

Updated and Expanded Special Report on Investing ARPA Funds in Nonprofits

by Mary Alice Scott
This article is re-printed with permission from National Council of Nonprofits. MANP’s advocacy work and our partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits is made possible by our members, and especially our Advocacy Network. Thank you! UPDATED REPORT: Strengthening State and Local Economies in Partnership with Nonprofits By the end of May, all 50 states and the District […]

Help Wanted – The Nonprofit Workforce Shortage in Maine (Part 2)

by Mary Alice Scott
In the first part of this series, we shared the data on the workforce shortage impacting Maine nonprofits. Organizations that continued to operate through the pandemic are facing multiple crises that have left them with fewer resources to operate and those who can are forced to provide services at higher rates. It’s one thing to […]