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Six Common Gaps in Nonprofit Storytelling

by Guest Blogger
We are pleased to share this guest post from Julie Dixon, Research Director of National Journal’s Communications Council, where she leads a dedicated team that provides data and insights to strategically support nonprofit communications executives. Ms. Dixon is the featured speaker at the upcoming Executive Leadership Forum on September 10th in Freeport. Storytelling is a […]

Women’s Equality and Your Organization

by Mary Erin Casale
Tomorrow is Women’s Equality Day. It marks the 95th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This success was the result of three generations of unrelenting, brilliant and courageous advocacy work. With little financial, legal or political power of their own, and working against a […]

Learn to Lead, Lead to Learn

by Molly O'Connell
The biggest resource of mission-driven organizations? People. In recent months we’ve been excited to see several high-profile organizations and reports highlighting the importance of investing in our sector’s human resources. We see the following three themes as a framework for fostering deeper sustainability, especially as many nonprofit leaders prepare to pass the metaphorical baton to a new generation. Create a culture of learning In the recent […]

Great Summer (in the) Field Trip for MANP Staff

by Jessica Lantos
You’ve never seen a group of people more excited to get out of the office than our staff! A full day with no phones or computers, spent with great people, playing in the dirt. It was a Wish You Were Here postcard kind of day. We had perfect weather, lots of laughs, a delicious lunch, and […]

5 Things to Do This Summer: Your Mission Will Thank You

by Molly O'Connell
We know you’re a busy bee, but do one (or more) of these five things, and you’ll be able to check “strengthen my nonprofit” off your summer to-do list! Tell S’More Stories Successful leaders are moving beyond a good story by building a storytelling culture at their organizations. Register for our Executive Leadership Forum on September 10th […]

Get to Know MANP’s Summer Intern

by Jessica Lantos
We are so happy to have an intern with us this summer! Jillian Jacobs has chosen to forego what might be the more typical summer activity options for a college student and is helping us instead with a variety of planned (and not so planned!) projects. We thought you’d like to get to know her a bit! (And as […]

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 […]