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Why Board Self-Assessment is Worth the Effort

by Molly O'Connell
Nonprofit boards have room for improvement and need to take time to reflect. According to  Leading with Intent, BoardSource’s most recent national index of nonprofit boards, boards are earning a B- average.  A key finding of the recently released Leadership New England study was that “The expectations and responsibilities of boards need to shift in […]

New Research Encourages Leaders to Shift Their Thinking

by Molly O'Connell
Last week, Third Sector New England published the results of their Leadership New England survey. The report’s authors encourage leaders in the sector to make three shifts in perspective. #1 Shift the framework for succession planning to deep sustainability “It is time to change how the sector thinks about and approaches succession planning.” Almost 60% of responding […]

Father’s Day Gifts that Fit

by Jessica Lantos
There’s a nonprofit to help you celebrate your dad, no matter where his interests lie! Is he a History Buff? There are MANP member organizations awaiting your visit that  are dedicated to the history of  planes, trains and automobiles. More of an Outdoorsman? How about a bike ride or a trip to a nearby park? Artist? […]

MANP’s Leader to Retire in 2016

by Guest Blogger
As communicated to our members on Friday, we are announcing the planned retirement of MANP’s Executive Director, Scott Schnapp on or about June 30th, 2016. Scott has expressed a desire to transition from being a full time leader of a nonprofit organization to part-time project work, both in Maine and nationally. He also sees this transition as an […]

New Charity Registration Service Available at Discount to MANP Members

by Jessica Lantos
Multi-State Charitable Solicitation Registration is a phrase that often strikes fear in the hearts of nonprofits. To help alleviate the stress, reduce hours of work time and reduce the cost, MANP is now offering SimpleCharityRegistration, a new online service that streamlines the registration process. For Those Who Don’t Know… 40 states plus the District of Columbia […]

Four Things Every Nonprofit Contracting with Government Should Do

by Molly O'Connell
Watch a one hour webinar at your convenience to learn more about getting reimbursement for your nonprofit’s costs. Free for members! The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) rules known as the Uniform Guidance went into effect at the end of 2014, representing “historic reform [that] will transform the landscape … for generations to come.” The changes streamline the […]

3 Ways To Impress Your Mom This Mother’s Day

by Molly O'Connell
Looking for a memorable Mother’s Day gift or activity? Turn to a Maine nonprofit! Take Her Somewhere Beautiful Pack a picnic and head out on a trail maintained by one of the amazing land trusts throughout Maine, head to your closest Audubon sanctuary, or stop and smell the flowers at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (free for […]

Pitch Your Project for a Chance to Win 7 Volunteers on Your Doorstep

by Jessica Lantos
Hey MANP members, on July 16th we’re getting out of the office for our annual Volunteer Day!  Could you use our services? Our staff of 7 will come to you and do a project with you! Projects can be outside or inside, and can be clean-up tasks, building/painting projects, or something totally unexpected that can […]

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 […]