Nonprofit Day

January 16, 2018

Thank you to all who participated in our 15th Annual Nonprofit Day!! It was a smashing success.

DRME with Rep. Catherine Nadeau

We celebrated our 15th year. Nonprofit Day is a collective day of action to raise awareness for how #NonprofitsWorkforME. Together we:

  • increase policymaker awareness of nonprofits and their vital contributions to Maine’s economy and way of life;
  • strengthen relationships between nonprofit leaders and public officials;
  • prepare to participate fully in the formation of public policy that impacts the communities they serve

We were thrilled that so many legislators – Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Unenrolled – stopped by to say hello and learn about Maine’s vital nonprofit sector. Many thanks to Senators Langley and Vitelli and Representatives Moonen and Pouliot for sponsoring our invitation and thank you to Rep. Grohman for reminding his colleagues about the event.

These organizations exhibited:

MEIRS with Rep. Bruce Bickford

Exhibitors made connections with legislators and each other. One exhibitor shared, “I had great conversations and explored opportunities to collaborate on upcoming policy proposals.” Another participant said, “I appreciated the opportunity to network with other nonprofits and learn more about their good work. For me, that part was as important as connecting with legislators.”

Find many more photos from the day in our Facebook photo album.

Outside the State House

We were also successful in our efforts to boost our message beyond the State House. Our social media “Thunderclap” campaign reached over 90,000 and that’s not counting those who posted their own messages and images outside Thunderclap. Thank you to all who participated. We made a big splash.

The press also drew attention to the sector. WABI5 interviewed our Executive Director, Jennifer Hutchins, and did an excellent job capturing our message. Go here to see the story.

It’s Not Over

We need everyone to continue to spread the word about the value of Maine’s nonprofit sector. Please continue to look for opportunities to raise the profile and promote the value of the entire nonprofit sector. Here are some resources:

What’s Next?

Jenn Burns Gray with Sen. Paul Davis

MANP will continue to advocate for the nonprofit sector in Augusta and in Washington, D.C. A Nonprofit Gubernatorial Forum is in the works for the fall. Stay tuned for more information about how we’ll raise the profile of the sector during the election season.


Thank you to our 2018 Nonprofit Day sponsor:

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Past Nonprofit Days

Our first Nonprofit Day at the State House was held in 2004 and we’ve been back every year since. Check out previous Nonprofit Days and see how we’ve built the confidence of hundreds of nonprofits to participate in the public policy process. Browse photos, event schedules, and exhibitor lists from past Nonprofit Days.