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How One Maine Organization Has Saved Millions for Mission

by Scott Schnapp
Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH) has saved approximately $4 million over the past decade. How? Their story provides important lessons that all large mission-driven organizations should consider when making decisions about how to attract and support staff in an environment of tight budgets. When KBH’s new CEO Tom McAdam was crafting his organization’s budget back in 2004, premiums […]

Make Me a Match: Finding Skilled Volunteers + Pro Bono Support

by Molly O'Connell
“Why don’t you just get a volunteer for that?” You’ve probably heard that phrase a million times, and it likely makes you want to throw your coffee in frustration because it’s so much more easily said than done. The fact is, however, that there are many skilled professionals who are eager to tackle meaningful projects, and […]

Don’t Ask for Stories, and Other Lessons Learned About Storytelling

by Molly O'Connell
It’s hard to open a newsletter these days without an article about storytelling, and for good reason. More and more research is showing that stories are an effective way to capture attention of donors, policymakers and volunteers in a crowded, and constantly changing, messaging landscape. This raises the question: how do we build capacity for this strategy. Earlier […]

Be a Fundraiser When You Grow Up

by Molly O'Connell
At my son’s recent preschool event there was a display board with pictures of all the children holding chalkboards telling what they wanted to be when they grew up. You won’t be shocked to know: This was adorable. Not one of them wrote “fundraiser” as a career goal. Most of us did not enter the nonprofit […]

2016 Nonprofit Day at the State House

by Mary Erin Casale
MANP is excited to announce we will host our 13th Annual Nonprofit Day at the State House on January 14, 2016! This day is a unique opportunity to showcase the work of our member organizations while building relationships with legislators. Each year, twelve MANP members exhibit with us in the Hall of Flags during the Nonprofit […]

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 […]