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At the End of the Day, MANP Staff Didn’t Want to Leave

by Jessica Lantos
We left our office on July 29th and spent a wonderful day in Gardiner – gardening!  Our staff was invited to Arbor Terrace, an assisted living program of Medical Care Development (MCD).  This was easily the best volunteer day we can remember, as Arbor Terrace opened their doors and welcomed us so warmly. We didn’t just garden; […]

Get Strategic About Board Recruitment

by Guest Blogger
This post was authored by Jeff Wahlstrom of Starboard Leadership Consulting. If you want to build a stronger board, you need to recruit board members today who can help the organization achieve its strategic goals tomorrow. Start your recruitment process by pulling out and reviewing the priorities in your strategic plan. With the plan in […]

“Who Has the Time” and Other Questions on Nonprofit Advocacy

by Guest Blogger
This guest post was contributed by David L. Thompson, National Council of Nonprofits. Recently, a nationally prominent nonprofit leader said this to an audience of people from public charities and private foundations: “Nonprofits have a duty to advocate on behalf of the people who have no voice, to demand social justice.” Many in the audience […]

Mainebiz 2014 Giving Guide Offers Discounted Advertising to MANP Members

by Jessica Lantos
Mainebiz will be producing its annual Giving Guide once again, with this year’s publication date being September 29. The Giving Guide offers Maine’s nonprofit organizations access to Maine’s business decision makers with a deeply discounted advertising package in a format that promotes corporate giving. The deadline to participate is August 29, with pricing as follows: […]

New Charitable Solicitation Law Goes Into Effect August 1

by Molly O'Connell
The most recent legislative session brought some much-needed changes to the Maine Charitable Solicitations Act that will simplify or eliminate filing requirements for certain nonprofits and fundraising consultants. These changes will go into effect August 1, 2014. The following summary is reprinted with permission from the Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin produced in May 2014  by Robert H. […]

Help Desk FAQ: What to Do if Your Nonprofit Status Has Been Revoked

by Molly O'Connell
Nonprofit boards – especially those of small, volunteer-driven organizations - can be caught off guard to learn that their tax-exempt status has been revoked. Most tax-exempt nonprofits must file an annual return or notice with the IRS, and failure to file for three consecutive years results in the automatic revocation of tax-exempt status. The IRS provides a lot of […]

Easier Path to Become a 501(c)(3)? IRS Releases New Form

by Molly O'Connell
Many small nonprofit have been frustrated (dismayed, discouraged) by long delays in processing applications for tax-exemption. On July 1, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service introduced a new, shorter (3 pages as opposed to 26!) application form, Form 1023-EZ, to help small charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status more easily. The intention is that this streamlined […]

Social Impact Investing – Fad or the Future?

by Brenda Peluso
Social Impact Investing and Pay-For-Performance Funding, such as Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), are getting a lot of attention.  The White House is interested, for-profits and hybrid corporations are interested, and foundations and nonprofits are considering the options. In addition to a new federal bill, here is a collection of reports, articles, and opinion pieces that might help […]

How Can Nonprofits Comment on Policy During an Election Season?

by Brenda Peluso
Election season can be a time of heightened awareness of the issues your nonprofit works to improve everyday. How can nonprofits, who risk losing their exempt status if they cross the line into partisan politics, respond to proposals or statements without appearing to influence the upcoming election in any way? The Governor, one of our US Senators, both US […]

Free Guidance on Nonprofit Property Tax Exemption (and More!)

by Molly O'Connell
If your nonprofit owns property, you may be eligible for exemption from property tax. Applying for exemption can be a confusing prospect, however, and charitable organizations are increasingly under pressure from municipalities to pay property taxes, or payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) as well, so it’s important to know the particulars. Familiarize yourself with […]