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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 […]

Help Desk FAQ: Making the Leap from All-Volunteer to (gulp!) Paid Staff

by Guest Blogger
This guest post is part of MANP’s ongoing Mission Driven Leadershift initiative, which offers resources, services and programs to help Maine nonprofits successfully prepare for and manage leadership transition. Consider this scenario to see if it sounds familiar: You and some other volunteers identified a need and formed a nonprofit organization to meet it. What started […]

Significant PPP Changes for Nonprofits in American Rescue Plan Act (2021)

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
On March 12, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), a $1.9 trillion package intended to help recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  ARPA adds $7.25 billion into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and expands eligibility for forgivable loans under the PPP for nonprofit organizations. Expanded Nonprofit Eligibility Congress initially limited […]

Help Desk FAQ: HR Checklist for Hiring Your First Employee

by Guest Blogger
Bringing on your first employee is an important step for many organizations as they grow and need additional support and expertise to continue their mission. As it may mean becoming an employer for the first time if an organization was previously volunteer run, here are some important considerations when hiring your first employee. Benefits and […]

Nonprofits, Don’t Overlook Your Potential Refund Under the Employee Retention Tax Credit

by Guest Blogger
*Please read below for IRS updates on the Employee Retention Tax Credit. Originally published March 12, 2021, By Steven M. Woolf. Re-posted with permission. With half a dozen federal COVID relief laws coming out of Washington since the pandemic began – and each new law amending the prior ones – it’s hard to keep up […]

Looking for meeting + event space?

by Molly O'Connell
At MANP, we regularly hear from Maine nonprofits that are grappling with how to proceed with their events in 2021. (For example, read our recent blog post about what we’re hearing from nonprofits about Spring and Summer fundraising events.) Since many nonprofits partner with other businesses and community spaces to host their meetings, conferences, programs […]

Federal Shuttered Venue Operator Grants (SVOG) Program

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
April 24, 2021 Update: The SVOG Program Reopens Saturday, April 24th, 2021 The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that it will re-open the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) portal Saturday, April 24 at 12:30pm. The SBA released new guidance detailing the application requirements, forms, and required supporting documentation. All information is posted on the Shuttered Venue Operators […]