2021 Advocacy Events + Resources
Since 2004, MANP has hosted a “Nonprofit Day at the Statehouse” to showcase Maine’s vibrant and vital nonprofit sector, encourage legislators to call on nonprofits as resources and partners, and build nonprofits’ confidence to participate in the public policy process.
In 2021, we remain committed to these goals, but are trying new formats to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.
Inaugural Nonprofit + Philanthropy Legislative Breakfast
Co-hosted with Maine Philanthropy Center, this virtual event on January 22nd provided an opportunity early in the new legislature to educate our state policymakers about the work and worth of nonprofits and foundations, and the challenges and opportunities nonprofits are facing The event was streamed live on YouTube and the recording* can be viewed below.
*Noted Correction: 23 percent of nonprofits experienced layoffs in a MANP survey conducted last summer, not 46 percent as was stated in the recording.
- Jennifer Hutchins and Sarah Woodard, MANP
- Jeannette Andre, Maine Philanthropy Center
- Maria Girouard, Wabanaki REACH
- Marge Kilkelly, Maine Primary Care Association
- Jeff Romano, Maine Land Trust Network at Maine Coast Heritage Trust (Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to hear from Jeff at this program. We will schedule a time to hear from him at a later date. He kindly provided resources below and asked that you reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.)
- Linda Nelson, Portland Ovations
- MANP Adding Up Impact Report
- Maine Philanthropy Center Giving in Maine Report
- Impacts: Land Trusts Work for Maine Report
- Information for Maine Nonprofits During COVID-19
- Maine Primary Care Member Map
- MaineCare Advisory Committee (MAC) Rate Subcommittee Letter, Jan. 12, 2021
- The Value and Impact of Maine Primary Care Association White Paper
- Maine Legislative Breakfast 2021: The Impact of Our Cultural Sector
- Land Acknowledgement – To learn more about the Native land you occupy and how to compose your unique land acknowledgment that is local to your community, we recommend this Native Land map.
MANP Connects is an ongoing series of hosted conversations with peers and partners at the forefront of the opportunities and challenges facing Maine nonprofits and communities. Building bridges with government is a recurring theme we’ll visit throughout the year, and on February 12, MANP Connects will feature a conversation with Senator Cathy Breen, the chair of the budget-writing Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. It is free to register and all are welcome!
MANP supports nonprofits to be legal and effective advocates. This winter, we will be hosting trainings with Alliance for Justice, one of the leading advocacy capacity-building organizations in the country. Details and registration information coming soon!
More plans are in the works, and the following resources are available anytime!
- Reports and graphics on the economic impact of Maine’s nonprofit sector (new data available as of January 2021)!
- MANP’s free Frames That Work messaging toolkit, designed to help Maine nonprofits communicate effectively with the public and policymakers about the key role of nonprofits.
- MANP’s free searchable “Answer Center” resource library includes a wide range of advocacy guides, tips, and tools.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Sarah Woodard at email@example.com.