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Charitable Giving and Tax Incentives Estimating changes in charitable dollars and number of donors resulting from five policy proposals

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy conducted research and released a report, Charitable Giving and Tax Incentives, analyzing the potential impact of five distinct federal policy ideas meant to increase charitable giving. The potential approaches included caps and floors on giving and tax credits. The report, commissioned byIndependent Sector, found that the proposals […]

Governor Mills Signs State’s Two-Year Budget Into Law

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
Joined by Democratic and Republican lawmakers, Governor Janet Mills today signed into law the state’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021 biennial budget. The budget, which the Legislature enacted last Friday with the bipartisan support of two-thirds of its members, expands health care, improves Maine’s education system, provides property tax relief, and invests in the state’s Rainy Day […]

Proposed Changes to Overtime Rules and Fixed Federal Grants

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
Does your organization rely on federal grants? Many in Maine do. As we at MANP have been saying, unless Congress votes to make changes by January 2020, we will see an increase in the salary-level threshold for white-collar exemptions to $35,308 per year up from the current $23,660. Many non-profit organizations are concerned about this […]

Volunteer Mileage Reimbursement Flash Poll Results

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
Thank you to those who responded to our Flash Poll of April 23rd. We learned that 28.5% of respondents reimburse their volunteers and 64.2 did not. (The remainder did not reply yes or no.) Background Volunteers who drive their vehicles when they perform work on behalf of a nonprofit are restricted in tax law to […]

MANP Visits Nonprofit Leaders in Aroostook

by Jennifer Hutchins
Ever glimpse Saturn in Mars Hill? Or Neptune in Monticello? Did you know that Maine’s northernmost county is the same size as Connecticut and Rhode Island combined? We didn’t, and we wouldn’t have without our recent trip to Aroostook where the MANP Board and staff met dozens of nonprofit leaders doing admirable work to strengthen their […]

Maine Legislature sends Paid Sick Leave bill to Governor for Signature

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
The Maine Legislature is poised to enact a historic bill that would require paid leave for employees of any business or nonprofit with 11 or more employees. The bill, LD 369, was amended in the Labor and Housing Committee at the urging of Governor Mills. The original bill would have established paid sick leave and would […]

Seeking Member Projects for Our Annual Staff Volunteer Day!

by Katie Manter
We’re planning our annual Staff Volunteer Day and we’re looking for a member project! Would you like to put our eight staff to work on August 1st? Projects can be outside or inside, and can be clean-up tasks, building/painting projects, or something totally unexpected, as long as it can be accomplished in a day. Ideally, you’re within […]

Fundraising Lessons from our Muddy Boots Tour with Andy Robinson

by Kelly McCormack
Recently MANP hit the road with Andy Robinson to bring an in-depth fundraising workshop to three locations: Bangor, Bar Harbor and Waterville. Internally, we were calling this our Muddy Boots Tour and we could not have had a better fellow road tripper! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Andy, he has been a […]

Impress Your Mom This Mother’s Day with the Help of a Maine Nonprofit!

by Katie Manter
Turn to a Maine nonprofit for a memorable Mother’s Day gift or activity. Enjoy the beauty of Maine Pack the picnic basket and head out on a trail maintained by one of the amazing land trusts throughout Maine or take Mom to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where admission is free on Mother’s Day (Sunday). These outdoor options are […]

Why Apply for the MANP Emerging Leaders Program?

by Guest Blogger
When I pulled up to the Sail Maine dock on that foggy Saturday morning in September, I didn’t quite know what to expect of the next 36 hours on Cow Island with Rippleffect, the kickoff event to the MANP Emerging Leaders program. As it turns out, both the weekend on Cow Island, and the subsequent […]