2022 Advocacy Resources + Events

Fall Events

Cultural Association of Maine (CAM) Convening on Election Readiness (recorded September 9, 2022) hosted by CAM and featuring Portland Poet Laureate Maya Williams, who read “I am Living for This” from her upcoming book Judas & Suicide, available for preorder; Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum, who read his poem Kingdom of Beauty; Ekhlas Ahmed, Founder and Executive Creative Director of Chance to AdvanceEvan Murray, Civic Engagement DIrector of the League of Women Voters of Maine; and Mary Alice Scott, Public Affairs Manager for the Maine Association of Nonprofits

September MANP Connects: The Role of Nonprofits + Funders in Civic Engagement (recorded September 16, 2022) co hosted with Maine Philanthropy Center, with Megan Shore, MPC + Elmina B. Sewall Foundation; Honorable Shenna Bellows, Maine Secretary of State; Terence Miller, Preble Street; and Allyson Gardner, Maine Students Vote.

Spring Advocacy Series

Advocacy 101: What is It and How Do We Start?  (Recorded May 25, 2022)

Can nonprofits advocate? Yes! Can they lobby? Absolutely! 

This virtual recording is for 501(c)(3) organizations that are new to advocacy and interested in exploring what it means for a nonprofit to advocate for their mission and strengthen the communities they serve through public policy. We also addressed common reasons nonprofits think they can’t or shouldn’t be advocates.

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2022 Elections: How Maine Nonprofits Can Take Action (Recorded June 1, 2022)

What does an election year mean for your nonprofit? How can your organization engage in the election while remaining nonpartisan? What broader issues are at stake? 

The second session in our spring advocacy series, this hour-long webinar had a quick overview of what’s at stake in the 2022 election in Maine, and why it matters to nonprofits. We answered common questions about election-related activities that nonprofits (and their staff and volunteers) can and cannot do, and discussed allowable activities during GOTV (Get Out The Vote).

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Share Your Story: Advocacy Through Earned Media (Recorded June 8, 2022)

When advocating for your issues, connecting with the journalists and the media to share your organization’s story remains one of the best ways to spread your message and mission to a wide audience.

This session, we heard from local journalists who cover nonprofits, public policy, the State House, and other critical issues affecting Mainers. They shared what they find to be effective engagement approaches, tips on when to send (or not send) a press release, and compelling methods to make your organization the “go-to” source for your policy issues.

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Thank You to Our 2022 Advocacy Sponsor

Nonprofit STAFF Vote: Offer PAID TIME OFF!

Nonprofit Staff Vote is a joint campaign that aims to encourage nonprofit employers to offer employees paid time off to vote on or before Election Day. While most states require employers to offer some time off to vote, less than half required paid time off to vote; and a few do not require employers to give time off to vote at all.

MANP Connects

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. Our session on September 16 co-hosted with Maine Philanthropy Center will focus on local Get Out the Vote efforts! It is free to register and all are welcome!

and More!

More plans are in the works, and the following resources are available anytime!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Alice Scott, Public Affairs Manager, at mascott@nonprofitmaine.org.