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New Member Benefit! Pro Bono Technology Assessment

by Debbie Atwood
MANP is pleased to announce the launch of a pro bono technology assessment, exclusively available to our members through a new partnership with RoundTable Technology. Why a Technology Assessment? We regularly hear from members that managing technology is a top challenge. Technology infrastructure is central to the advancement of our missions, but nonprofits often lack the expertise […]

Make the Most of MANP Membership

by Debbie Atwood
Considering becoming a member and interested in what MANP has to offer? Already a member and wondering whether there are more resources and benefits you or your colleagues could be using? (Spoiler: we bet there are!) Give us 30 minutes on March 24th and we’ll fill you in! During this orientation webinar, MANP Membership Manager, Debbie […]

March Madness at the State House: An Advocacy Update

by Jennifer Gray
It truly is March Madness. Bills continue to be printed at the State House. The Maine Legislature is now up to 1,103 bills with many more coming. In addition to individual bills, there are a number of substantive policy changes proposed in the budget that are being parsed out by oversight committees. MANP is keeping […]

Maine’s Recreational Marijuana Law: What Nonprofit Employers Need to Know

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin March 2017, by Robert H. Levin, Attorney-at-Law with the Law Office of Robert H. Levin. Maine’s new recreational marijuana law is now in effect, although retail sales will not be permitted until February 2018. The law was passed by voters in the November 2016 election, then […]

Action Alert: Join Us in Protecting Nonprofit Nonpartisanship

by Jennifer Gray
Last month, President Trump announced his intention to repeal the Johnson Amendment–a law that clearly prevents charitable nonprofits, including religious institutions and foundations, from using their charitable assets for political contributions and endorsing candidates for elective office. There are several bills pending in the U.S. Congress that would eliminate or significantly weaken the amendment, undermining […]

What Makes Someone a Good Ambassador for Your Mission?

by Molly O'Connell
When Andy Robinson joined us recently for Focus on Friendraising, we sat down with him to discuss how to be a good nonprofit ambassador. Use this short video as a discussion prompt with your boards and advisory councils! Why? In the past several months nonprofits have seen an unprecedented surge in support as communities grapple with the uncertainties […]

It’s Up to All of Us

by Jennifer Hutchins
Wow. What an incredible week! Come sleet or snow, MANP members showed up in person and on social media to raise awareness for how nonprofits are making a difference every day in Maine communities. Nonprofits In the Hall + At the Table Nonprofits are essential to making Maine a great place to live, work and […]

It’s Maine Nonprofit Week! Six Easy Ways to Participate

by Jennifer Hutchins
Every day, Mainers rely on nonprofits to nurture our minds, protect our environment, inform our government, educate our children and drive our economy-all while investing significant financial and human resources throughout the state. Now more than ever it is important that we raise our collective voice as a sector to advance the public good. Today kicks off Maine […]

What We’re Watching at the State House

by Jennifer Hutchins
MANP has been closely watching happenings at the State House (there sure were some impressive happenings this weekend!). Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of what we’re monitoring. The Governor’s Budget Lawmakers are likely to make substantial changes to the Governor’s proposed budget and we will be paying special attention to their consideration of his attempts to […]

Nonprofit Help Desk FAQ: Can Charitable Nonprofits Lobby?

by Molly O'Connell
There is a common misconception that nonprofits cannot lobby, but they can and they should! With the 1976 Lobby Law and the IRS Regulations set forth in 1990, Congress made it clear that influencing legislation is an appropriate and legitimate activity for charitable organizations. The confusion often results because charitable nonprofits (designated as 501(c)(3) organizations) […]