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Public Benefit + Accountability

MANP has something for everyone!

by Kelly McCormack
Upcoming MANP Trainings + Events Maine nonprofits employ 1 in 6 workers and are a critical part of Maine’s economy; access to professional development is critical to any organization’s talent attraction and development strategy! After a busy planning period, we are thrilled to highlight upcoming educational programs for this winter and spring that align with […]

It’s Finally Over: MANP’s Summary of the 128th Legislature 1st Session

by Jennifer Gray
This was a very successful legislative session for MANP. We suffered no losses and had a few wins. Working with key partners, we effectively reminded decision-makers of the importance of nonprofits to the economy and Maine communities and undercut arguments by those advancing an anti-nonprofit agenda. We’re quickly turning to the future in anticipation of […]

Are You Operating a Tight Ship?

by Jennifer Gray
Recent news reports have highlighted what appears to be questionable decision-making by past employees at a Maine nonprofit. These stories are challenging for us at MANP because we know that this is a rare example, yet it provides fuel for pervasive misconceptions about the sector as a whole. News like this should remind everyone that […]

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 […]

Story of Impact: Charlotte White Center

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. Finding Efficiencies with Community-Wide Impact The average home in Maine uses 900 gallons of heating oil per year. A weatherized home saves, on average, 198 gallons per year, a number that can […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Endowments are Not Sacred and Donors Are Not Always Right – Insights from the MANP Executive Leadership Forum

by Molly O'Connell
MANP’s recent Executive Leadership Forum (ELF) featured provocative keynote speaker Alan Cantor, who is sparking conversation nationally with his critiques of the ways in which charitable giving is being “warehoused” rather than spent on current needs. His “enlightening, thought-provoking, relevant, and funny” presentation prompted vigorous conversation about the best ways to create long-term impact, and […]

Nonprofits Provide Essential Services Government Does Not: A Historical Perspective

by Guest Blogger
This piece, with minor adjustments, originally appeared in the Kennebec Journal on March 24th. Author Lisa Miller is member of MANP’s board of directors, and serves as the Senior Program Officer of the Bingham Program, a charitable endowment based at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Lisa was also an elected Representative in the Maine House of […]