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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Help Desk FAQ: What to Do if Your Nonprofit Status Has Been Revoked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those of small, volunteer-driven organizations - can be caught off guard to learn that their tax-exempt status has been revoked.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 […]

Nonprofits Matter: Tell Us Your Story

by Brenda Peluso
You know how important it is that we tell great stories about the critical role nonprofits play in our communities and our economy.  We want to share your story in our 2015 Partners in Prosperity Report. Each edition of our Partners in Prosperity Report features six to eight case studies of nonprofit impact. These stories are rooted in data and […]

Affordable Care Act Seminar for Small Nonprofits Delivers Insights

by Brenda Peluso
On Tuesday, May 13th, the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), MANP and Healey & Associates co-sponsored a seminar in Augusta for small nonprofit businesses titled “The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What’s in it for my Nonprofit?” The event featured a panel of five ACA experts: Mitchell Stein, Health Policy Consultant; Roger Prince, Senior Manager in […]

New Partnership Offers Insurance Options to Maine Nonprofits

by Molly O'Connell
Has your nonprofit been looking for Directors & Officers (D&O) insurance or other liability coverage? Good news! MANP’s longtime insurance partner Healey & Associates is pleased to announce a new partnership with Champoux Insurance Agency to offer Maine nonprofits a broad range of insurance products. The Champoux Agency has developed programs on Property and Casualty, […]