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Realizing Healthy Nonprofits

by Kelly McCormack
What does it mean to be a healthy nonprofit workplace? What would a truly thriving nonprofit sector look like and require of us (and our partners)? How do we advance equity in our organizations and communities? These questions are top of mind for many, and as we move together through this time of unprecedented challenges […]

130th Legislature: First Regular Session Summary

by Jennifer Hutchins
Maine legislators finally wrapped up the first session of the 130th Legislature this year, ending a highly unusual session. The new legislature did much of its committee work virtually, held sessions in the Augusta Civic Center, adjourned and reconvened, but ultimately adjourned in the State House and with the doors reopened to the public. MANP […]

Discounted Advertising in the 2021 Mainebiz Giving Guide

by Kelly McCormack
Resilient. Innovative. Essential. These are words that aptly describe Maine’s nonprofits before the pandemic and that will remain true long after. The past year and a half pushed charitable organizations to the limit, challenging our communities in ways we couldn’t imagine and, ultimately, inspiring problem solving in new and exciting ways. Every organization has stories […]

How to Invest Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

by Jennifer Hutchins
When Congress approved sending $350 billion in fiscal recovery funds to state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), it expressly authorized those governments to invest resources in charitable nonprofits serving their communities. Specifically, governments may use the federal funds directly or through others, meaning that individual charitable […]

Help Desk FAQ: Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?

by Katie Manter
Our Member Help Desk has received more and more questions from nonprofits seeking guidance on how to return to the office and in-person services and programs safely, with many of the questions concerning how to handle communications, policies, and practices about vaccines. We reached out to our Friends at Verrill with the most common vaccine […]

Governor Mills Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
In 2021, Congress approved $4.5 billion to Maine as part of the American Rescue Plan Act, and of that, $3.2 billion is dedicated for recovery efforts like bolstering public health, including COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, enhanced unemployment benefits, stimulus payments to families, business supports, and more. Maine’s Governor and Legislature have the discretion to spend […]

We Were All Ears & We Heard You

by Katie Manter
This year’s member survey was especially important to help us understand how the pandemic is impacting your organizations and how we can help. We are so grateful for the strong participation despite the added challenges of the pandemic – we know how much you’re juggling and appreciate your willingness to carve out time to provide feedback. […]

Fiscal Sponsorship – New Annotated Template

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin May 2021, by Robert H. Levin, Attorney-at-Law, Law Office of Robert H. Levin. Over the years, I’ve fielded countless questions about fiscal sponsorship, a type of arrangement has become a growing part of the nonprofit world. Recently, I collaborated with the Maine Association of Nonprofits to […]

Arts Funding Bill Before the 130th Legislature

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
May 6, 2021 Update: There are several bills before the legislature pertaining to possible relief for arts-related nonprofit organizations. We’re anticipating they will all be tabled and considered together, especially in light of the federal SVOG program and the governor’s proposed Economic Recovery Plan. We will be providing more information as we obtain it, but […]

President Biden Increases Federal Contractor Minimum Wage

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
On April 27, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage to workers who are working on federal contracts. The White House Fact Sheet states: “Starting January 30, 2022, all agencies will need to incorporate a $15 minimum wage in new contract […]