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Legislative Lobbying

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) […]

Joint Policy Institute

by Mary Erin Casale
Building Relationships, Enhancing Capacity and Taking Action Together A little over two weeks ago, nearly 100 nonprofit professionals gathered for a conference hosted by our partners at the National Council of Nonprofits and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. This first-ever Joint Policy Institute was designed to strengthen relationships between nonprofit and grant-maker associations, to expand […]

Action Alert: National Survey Regarding Overtime and Overhead

by Mary Erin Casale
From our partners at the National Council on Nonprofits: Inviting Nonprofits with Government Grants and Contracts to Participate in a National Survey Nonprofits in our state and across the country will soon be dealing with changes to federal rules governing employment and contracting practices that have the potential to affect the costs and operations of […]

The Short Session Wrap Up…

by Mary Erin Casale
…in which I attempt to summarize what happened this legislative session without writing a novel. Despite this being the short session of the 127th legislature, our elected officials managed to tackle a number of complex issues, from welfare reform to the tax code to solar energy policy. (Check out this blog for more info about […]

Hearing Scheduled on Restoring Charitable Giving Deductions, and Other Updates from Augusta

by Scott Schnapp
We are well into the legislative session, and have updates to share about the bills we’re watching. Encouraging Charitable Contributions In the last state budget, the legislature capped itemized deductions at $27,500, including charitable giving (undoing the work done in the 126th legislature with the passage of LD 1664 – An Act To Encourage Charitable Contributions to […]

Nonprofit Day 2016! #NonprofitsGoodforME

by Mary Erin Casale
What a great day we had in Augusta last week! There were 12 fantastic organizations from across the State that joined us in the Hall of Flags. A big thank you to: Alzheimers Association, Maine Chapter– Scarborough, ME Camp To Belong Maine– Auburn, ME Crisis and Counseling Centers– Augusta, ME Diversion Alert– Linneus, ME Girls […]

Celebrate Nonprofit Day!

by Mary Erin Casale
Good morning from Augusta! We’re so thrilled to be celebrating our 13th Annual Nonprofit Day at the State House. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for live updates. The only way to make it feel like a real celebration is if you join in! Even if you can’t join us in […]

One week out!

by Mary Erin Casale
Yesterday marked the beginning of the legislative session and it started in surprisingly conciliatory fashion. We are officially one week out from our 13th Annual Nonprofit Day at the State House and our exhibitors have been hard at work preparing for the big day. Many of them participated in a webinar focused on advocacy and […]

We are so proud to announce…

by Mary Erin Casale
…our 12 exhibitors for our annual Nonprofit Day at the State House! We had the difficult task of selecting a slate of organizations that demonstrate the diversity of the sector through a broad range of sizes, missions and geographic service areas. And we had so many great applicants! This was not an easy task. There […]

Before you celebrate, ADVOCATE!

by Mary Erin Casale
UPDATE : Thanks to your hard work, the IRS the Treasury Department and IRS announced that it is withdrawing the proposed Gift Substantiation regulation. The withdrawal of the flawed regulatory proposal is very good news for the public, for donors, and for the nonprofit community. The government was convinced that its proposal would have contributed to identity […]