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Service Charge Proposals Have Got Our Goat

by Jennifer Gray
There’s a lot of buzz about high property taxes and some have the misguided idea that taxing nonprofits is the solution. Details on the Governor’s service charge proposal are now available, and the Maine Municipal Association’s related bill isn’t printed yet, but is expected soon. We are gearing up to vigorously defend the nonprofit sector! Service Charge Proposals […]

Thank You, Volunteers!

by Mary Ellms
National Volunteer Week 2017 is upon us! Between April 23-29, organizations across the country will recognize the volunteers who donate their time and talent to better their communities. In 2015 alone, almost 63 million people nationwide volunteered nearly 8 billion hours of service, contributing $184 billion of service! In Maine, approximately 350,000 Mainers volunteer every year, donating […]

It’s a Marathon, Folks. Pace Yourself!

by Jennifer Gray
Think the session seems long? Remember it’s a marathon. Legislators this week were saying that they’re reluctant to make vacation plans for July. Pace yourself. Property Tax On April 12 there were hearings on LDs 1121, 1076, 727 (all of which MANP opposes) before the Taxation Committee: LD 1121 would eliminate property tax exemption if a […]

What kind of training do you need? Explore our upcoming events!

by Mary Ellms
Now that warmer temperatures are starting to linger and the lupines are on their way, we are ramping up our educational offerings for members and nonmembers alike! Here’s what we have coming up before the summer solstice: On Strategic + Operational Planning: On May 3, Ben Scherz will present “Breaking the Status Quo + Designing Tomorrow’s Nonprofit” in […]

Legislation Endangers Nonprofit Property Tax Exemptions

by Jennifer Gray
Much of last week’s blog is still current.  Here’s some new information: Property Tax Exemption On Wednesday, the Taxation Committee will hold a public hearing on LDs 1121, 1076 and 727 at 1 p.m. The work sessions are scheduled for Thursday, April 20 at 1 p.m. LD 1121 (MANP opposes) has the potential to be very harmful […]

Together, we make an impact. Let’s get to know each other!

by Debbie Atwood
Nonprofits are essential to Maine’s economy and quality of life and MANP is committed to being a powerful voice on behalf of the sector. We talk every day about the ways that nonprofits are critical partners to the public and private sectors in ensuring a strong future for Maine communities. Together, we can elevate public […]

Increasing Board Engagement in Fundraising

by Molly O'Connell
When Andy Robinson joined us earlier this year for Focus on Friendraising, we sat down with him to discuss one of the most common questions we hear: how do I get my board fired up about fundraising? Use this short video as a discussion prompt with your boards and advisory councils! Look for more board development? Our next Board […]

Is Spring Coming to the State House?

by Jennifer Gray
Despite the fact that we’re now into April, the Maine Legislature is sticking to its winter schedule, continuing to meet only two days a week. Clearly, the hope is that this will help the committees accomplish a lot of their work. With 1321 bills printed, there are still over 500 more to come, and the […]

Are You Making the Most of Your MANP Membership?

by Debbie Atwood
Did you miss our recent Membership Orientation webinar?  Not to worry, the webinar recording is available to watch on our website at your convenience! Watch it here. Take a tour of some of our most popular and frequently-used member benefits.  Mary Ellms, MANP’s new Training Program Coordinator, highlights our Education offerings, along with the discounts and […]

Wide Ranging Impacts if President’s Budget Approved

by Jennifer Gray
Policy discussions at both the federal and state level have significant implications for Maine’s nonprofit community, and MANP recommends action on several issues. Federal Budget President Trump recently released a high-level blueprint for his FY 2018 budget. The proposal contains top-line spending requests which include a $54 billion increase in defense spending and an equal […]