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The Health Care Reform Vote Matters to Nonprofits, and America

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted and updated with permission from The National Council of Nonprofits.  It originally appeared in their newsletter “Nonprofit Advocacy Matters” on June 26, 2017. Partisanship – putting political party above policy and practicality – has nearly destroyed the health care insurance and delivery system in this country. The Senate is scheduled to vote on its […]

Just in Case, Be Prepared

by Jennifer Gray
Like most everyone else, we’re hopeful that the Maine Legislature will pass a budget and avoid a state government shut down. But, it never hurts to be prepared. How Would a Shutdown Happen? The state’s fiscal year starts July 1. The Legislature is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget. The Legislature is currently at […]

The Frames We’ve Got vs. The Frames We Need

by Mary Ellms
How many times have you sat down to work on your organization’s newsletter or appeal letter and found yourself drawing blanks? It can be a daunting task to determine what kind of content will engage your audience and encourage people to donate, volunteer, attend events, etc. Should you focus on personal success stories or data […]

When our members talk, we listen!

by Debbie Atwood
Each year, Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) surveys our members, and your feedback helps us continue to offer the training, resources, and benefits that are most relevant to your needs. Based on member feedback from last year, we have: Created tools + programs to strengthen the collective voice of Maine’s nonprofit sector, like our Adding […]

Books + Blogs: Finding Joy in Summer Reading

by Molly O'Connell
Reading usually brings me joy, but the red folder on my desk marked “to read” is now 3 inches thick. It started as a way to clean out my inbox while convincing myself that I was definitely-for-sure-probably-even-this-week going to read all those interesting things I’d flagged. Instead, it’s become a brick in my backpack (literally and figuratively). Tell me […]

When Is a Nonprofit Volunteer Really an Employee? Pending Maine Supreme Court Case to Address the Issue

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin June 2017, by Robert H. Levin, Attorney-at-Law with the Law Office of Robert H. Levin. A case currently pending before the Maine Supreme Court will tackle the question of whether an individual who was treated as a volunteer by a nonprofit organization could nevertheless be deemed […]

Calling All Small Nonprofits With Big Ideas

by Debbie Atwood
Maine College of Art and the Maine Association of Nonprofits are partnering on a call for proposals for a fall 2017 class at MECA called Design for Good. MANP members with 501(c)3 status and a budget of under $100,000 are invited to propose a design project to be executed by MECA graphic design students. Projects […]

Birthday Wishes for the Charitable Tax Deduction + More

by Jennifer Gray
It’s the 100th Anniversary of the Federal Charitable Income Tax Deduction. What do we wish for as a birthday present? Expansion of course. Let’s give everyone the ability to enjoy the benefit of the charitable giving income tax deduction. As tax reform buzz continues, a recent report, Tax Policy and Charitable Giving Results, from Indiana University’s Lilly […]

Steal This: The Secret Sauce is Trust

by Jennifer Hutchins
Critical to every nonprofit is the relationship between the CEO/ED and the Board Chair. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn there’s a direct correlation between an organization’s resilience and the strength of this core partnership. Successfully weathering the ups and downs of turbulent times requires good communication, shared interest in the vision and, […]

Save the Date – Happy Hour!

by Debbie Atwood
Maine’s Nonprofit/Funder Happy Hour! We’re delighted to be partnering with our friends at the Maine Philanthropy Center to arrange some time for nonprofits and funders to get together, with NO agenda, for some ice cream or a beverage and spend time getting to know each other. Please save the date for Maine’s Nonprofit/Funder Happy Hour hosted […]