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Maine’s Nonprofit Leaders Come Together Despite the Weather

by Jessica Lantos
People in Maine will weather the weather to come together. After welcoming over 150 people to MANP’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference this past week, less than 12 hours after over a foot of snow made its way into the Waterville area, we were reminded of this fact.  Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up proved to […]

Sit in Your Favorite Place + Get the Answers You Need

by Katrina Ruffner
Did you know the Maine Association of Nonprofits partners with a number of national organizations to connect Maine nonprofits to training, toolkits, research and more? You can access these helpful resources from wherever you like! We’d like to introduce you to our favorite tech teachers, finance friends and risk reducers. At MANP, we like to sit […]

Happy 20th Anniversary, MANP!

by Jessica Lantos
2014 marks MANP’s 20th anniversary! Our organization began with fewer than 100 nonprofit organizations giving MANP a try in our first year, and  with all the crazy ups and downs of the nonprofit world, we are proud to have 36 of those organizations still calling MANP a valued partner in their work.  Not only have […]

LD 1664: An Act To Encourage Charitable Contributions to Nonprofit Organizations

by Brenda Peluso
The Biennial Budget passed by the 126th Maine Legislature late this past spring contained a $27,500 cap on itemized deductions including the charitable giving deduction.  LD 1664 would carve the charitable giving deduction out of the overall cap, preserving a tax deduction that benefits the greater good much more than it benefits the tax-payer. While […]

Dear Abby for Nonprofits

by Molly O'Connell
MANP offers free and unlimited nonprofit management support to our member organizations via our Nonprofit Management Help Desk, but we’re not the only ones to whom you can turn. Next time questions arise that can’t be answered by an article, guide or sample – as is often the case when theory and real life collide – […]

Shout It From the Rooftop: Thank You Presenters!

by Katrina Ruffner
This time of year offers us the opportunity to reflect on all the things in life for which we are truly grateful. At MANP we feel lucky to be surrounded by and connected to so many people and organizations who are dedicated to making Maine a better place to live and work.  We’re grateful for the […]

Passion, Not Poetry: Strategic Planning that Works

by Molly O'Connell
With perennial budget cuts, the sequester, government shut-down, changes to charitable giving incentives, and increased competition for limited dollars (and the list goes on) these are turbulent times for nonprofits. Good thing Strategic Planning: A Must in Turbulent Times is less than a month away! In anticipation of this training we asked presenter Gary Stern of […]

The Deal that Ended the Shut Down

by Brenda Peluso
From our Friends at the National Council of Nonprofits The deal to end the shutdown provided funding for the federal government through January 15 and extended government borrowing authority (also called the debt limit or the debt ceiling) until February 7. It included minor modifications to the verification requirements for persons receiving health care subsidies […]

Senator James Boyle Submits Bill to Preserve Charitable Giving

by Brenda Peluso
As we’ve been reporting, a $27,500 cap on all itemized deductions, including the mortgage interest deduction and the charitable giving deduction, retroactive to January 2, 2013, was passed by the Maine Legislature last session. We have been working with several concerned legislators and are pleased to announce that Senator James Boyle (Gorham, Scarborough, Westbrook) has […]

Looking for Inspiration?

by Molly O'Connell
October 25th is Make a Difference Day, and you couldn’t find a better role model than Maine philanthropist Maddy Corson. There are certain people who act as sparks in their community, using their gifts, life experiences and passion for bringing people together for the common good. Maddy, retired chairman of the Maine media company Guy Gannett Communications, […]