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Nonprofit EDs: We all need a Yoda

by Jennifer Hutchins
Are your goals all set for 2020? Wondering how you’ll stick to them? All too frequently, nonprofit leaders have very high expectations for personal productivity and performance, yet don’t consider asking (i.e. paying) for help due to the constant pressure to spend every, last dollar on direct impact. Yet, we know from our peers in […]

Resolve to Learn, Lead + Be Loud in 2020

by Molly O'Connell
As Maine kicks off its bicentennial year, we are feeling grateful for all of the amazing people in our state who work and volunteer to power the common good. Maine nonprofits are truly vital to our state’s economy and quality of life. Here at MANP, we’re reflecting back on a milestone year: we celebrated our […]

HR changes your business [org.] should know about…

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
On January 1, 2020, several important changes will take effect that impact all Maine employers, regardless of size. Some are based on recent federal rulemaking; others due to enacted Maine laws. Maine’s minimum wage will increase $1 an hour more, to $12 an hour, effective January 1, 2020. This is the final dollar increase to the […]

Email Voting: What’s the Deal Under Maine Law?

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin December 2019, by Robert H. Levin, Attorney-at-Law with the Law Office of Robert H. Levin. One question that comes up rather often in my practice is whether Board Directors or members can vote by email or some other electronic means. In general, the answer is yes, […]

Give a Gift that Gives Twice!

by Molly O'Connell
Already exhausted by the prospect of holiday shopping? We hear you, and we have a solution! Infuse your present hunting with joy by seeking out gifts that give twice. When you purchase gifts from nonprofit organizations you will delight your family and friends (even the hard-to-shop-for people!) AND invest in vibrant Maine communities. Performances & […]

Search Committee or Full Board? Roles in Executive Transition

by Molly O'Connell
MANP is pleased to present the following guest blog post by Jeff Wahlstrom of Starboard Leadership Consulting–an endorsed provider of executive search services. This post is part of our ongoing Mission Driven Leadershift initiative, which offers resources, services and programs to help Maine nonprofits successfully prepare for and manage leadership transition.  One of the essential responsibilities of a […]

That’s a Wrap – Opt In 2019

by Kelly McCormack
And just like that, Opt In 2019 has come and gone in what feels like a flash! More than 250 people with purpose from 175+ nonprofits and businesses from Maine and beyond joined us last week to explore communications strategies to help advance their organizational goals. Intended to emphasize peer learning and meaningful engagement, Opt In […]

November 5th 2019: The Referendum Election

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
On Tuesday, November 5th, voters will have only two statewide issues on their ballots. Here is the wording of the questions as they will appear on the ballot: Question 1: Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit and ports and make other transportation investments, to be […]

US Department of Labor Hands Down Changes on Overtime

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
According to state statute, Maine “recognizes exemption from overtime for people working in a ‘bona fide executive, administrative or professional capacity’ and requires that employers pay a salary according to the requirements of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).” Maine’s mandated minimum wage increases affect the overtime salary threshold, however. Maine and federal law […]

Top 7 Tips to Make the Most of Opt In 2019

by Katrina Ruffner
Top 7 Tips to Make the Most of Opt In 2019 Reflect On Your Goals Before You Attend + Make a Plan Check Assumptions at the Door + Use Every Opportunity to Learn Make Learning Social (even if you are an introvert) Participate + Ask lots of Questions Don’t Forget to Follow up Take Time […]