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Endowments are Not Sacred and Donors Are Not Always Right – Insights from the MANP Executive Leadership Forum

by Molly O'Connell
MANP’s recent Executive Leadership Forum (ELF) featured provocative keynote speaker Alan Cantor, who is sparking conversation nationally with his critiques of the ways in which charitable giving is being “warehoused” rather than spent on current needs. His “enlightening, thought-provoking, relevant, and funny” presentation prompted vigorous conversation about the best ways to create long-term impact, and […]

The Creative Approach to Health Insurance Your Nonprofit Should Consider

by Scott Schnapp
Health insurance is likely one of the largest line items in your organization’s budget and therefore presents one of the best opportunities for meaningful savings that can be reinvested in your mission. Self-funding health insurance–the practice of an organization paying for individual employee health claims out of pocket instead of paying a monthly fixed premium to […]

Nonprofits Provide Essential Services Government Does Not: A Historical Perspective

by Guest Blogger
This piece, with minor adjustments, originally appeared in the Kennebec Journal on March 24th. Author Lisa Miller is member of MANP’s board of directors, and serves as the Senior Program Officer of the Bingham Program, a charitable endowment based at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Lisa was also an elected Representative in the Maine House of […]

Nonprofit Fraud: The Exception Not the Rule

by Scott Schnapp
In light of the recent news regarding the fraudulent use of funds contributed to Operation Tribute, a spotlight is on nonprofit practices. As noted in a previous post, situations like these are very rare and are not segregated to the nonprofit sector, but do serve as a call to action to both nonprofits and donors to take advantage […]

Put Your Money Where Your Mission Is

by Guest Blogger
Guest blogger Alan Cantor is principal of Alan Cantor Consulting LLC, and draws on over thirty years of experience, including serving as Executive Director and, later, Board Chair of The Mayhew Program; Vice President at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; and Vice President for Philanthropy at the NH Community Loan Fund.  Alan will be speaking at […]

Looking for Ways to Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day? Hug a Nonprofit!

by Jessica Lantos
Every person you know in Maine  benefits from the work of Maine’s nonprofits. Every single person!  Since today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, we thought we’d share 10 ways you can support the important work of the organizations Maine people count on. Volunteer Pick an organization, any organization. The choice is yours. You can help […]

Have We Told You Lately?

by Molly O'Connell
You are passionate about your mission. We are passionate about helping you achieve it. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating our love for our member organizations. Here are just a few of the reasons why we love working on behalf of nonprofits. Ethan Somerman, Administrative Coordinator “Having moved to Maine just a few years ago, […]

New Report Demonstrates Nonprofits Good For Maine

by Jessica Lantos
Today MANP is very proud to release Adding Up Impact: Maine Nonprofits at Work, our newest report illustrating the essential contributions of Maine’s nonprofits to our State’s economy and quality of life. Adding Up Impact highlights the following key findings: Nonprofits employ over 84,000 Maine citizens, making the nonprofit sector a more significant employer than any […]

Adding Up Impact: Catalysts for Innovation

by Molly O'Connell
The following case study is the last of eight stories of nonprofit impact we have published in the past few weeks. These case studies are part of MANP’s Adding Up Impact: Maine Nonprofits at Work report, which will be released today as part of Nonprofit Week. The Impact Three in four primary care patients have significant behavioral health […]

Adding Up Impact: Ensuring Student Success

by Molly O'Connell
The following case study is the seventh of eight stories of nonprofit impact we will be publishing in the coming weeks. These case studies are part of MANP’s 2015 Adding Up Impact: Maine Nonprofits at Work report, which will be released next week during Nonprofit Week. The Impact A high school diploma may be the ticket to […]