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It’s Up to All of Us

by Jennifer Hutchins
Wow. What an incredible week! Come sleet or snow, MANP members showed up in person and on social media to raise awareness for how nonprofits are making a difference every day in Maine communities. Nonprofits In the Hall + At the Table Nonprofits are essential to making Maine a great place to live, work and […]

It’s Maine Nonprofit Week! Six Easy Ways to Participate

by Jennifer Hutchins
Every day, Mainers rely on nonprofits to nurture our minds, protect our environment, inform our government, educate our children and drive our economy-all while investing significant financial and human resources throughout the state. Now more than ever it is important that we raise our collective voice as a sector to advance the public good. Today kicks off Maine […]

What We’re Watching at the State House

by Jennifer Hutchins
MANP has been closely watching happenings at the State House (there sure were some impressive happenings this weekend!). Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of what we’re monitoring. The Governor’s Budget Lawmakers are likely to make substantial changes to the Governor’s proposed budget and we will be paying special attention to their consideration of his attempts to […]

Nonprofit Help Desk FAQ: Can Charitable Nonprofits Lobby?

by Molly O'Connell
There is a common misconception that nonprofits cannot lobby, but they can and they should! With the 1976 Lobby Law and the IRS Regulations set forth in 1990, Congress made it clear that influencing legislation is an appropriate and legitimate activity for charitable organizations. The confusion often results because charitable nonprofits (designated as 501(c)(3) organizations) […]

Facing an Executive Transition? Start Here.

by Molly O'Connell
The Executive Director has just announced that she’s leaving. What’s next? First, breathe. An executive transition is an organizational development opportunity rather than a crisis to be overcome as quickly as possible. Rushing to fill the void without thinking through the organization’s leadership needs for the future not only misses this strategic opportunity, but can lead […]

Story of Impact: Maine Health Access Foundation

by Mary Erin Casale
This case study is part of MANP’s Stories of Impact series highlighting the many ways Maine’s nonprofits are essential to a strong and healthy Maine.    The Impact Choosing the right health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be a complex and confusing endeavor. That’s been particularly true in states like Maine that chose not to […]

Mission-Driven Leadershift: Voices from the Field

by Molly O'Connell
In recognition of the leadership changes many of our members are facing–not to mention our own executive transition (bye, Scott!, hello, Jennifer!)–we launched our Mission Driven Leadershift initiative at the beginning of 2016. As part of this project we invited guest bloggers to share their thoughts and they delivered wise words and guidance you won’t want […]

Help Desk FAQ: Resources for New Nonprofits

by Molly O'Connell
If you’ve started a nonprofit and are now overwhelmed, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to know where to start, and may feel hard to keep the passion that inspired the creation of the organization alive. Here are some suggested early steps along with resources that are especially relevant to new, small organizations. Know What’s […]

Gifts That Give Twice

by Debbie Atwood
According to the National Retail Federation, American consumers plan to spend an average of $935.58 during the holiday shopping season. Between now and Christmas Day, Americans will spend an incredible amount of money on gifts for loved ones. While each year we remind ourselves and each other of the true meaning of the season, it’s easy to slip into shopping […]

Nice to meet you!

by Mary Erin Casale
Tomorrow, newly elected members of the legislature will be sworn in and the 128th session of the legislature will officially begin. Right now you have a unique opportunity to strengthen your relationship with legislators and elevate the voice of your nonprofit at the State House by simply making a phone call. Taking the time to […]