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Research/Report

Building Maine’s Economy: How Maine Can Embrace Immigrants and Strengthen the Workforce

by Molly O'Connell
This report makes the case for how Maine can meet the rapidly growing demand for labor in the state by tapping into and empowering Maine’s immigrant communities.

Talking About Disparities: The Effect of Frame Choices on Support for Race-Based Policies

by Molly O'Connell
This research examines the effects of disparities-explicit and disparities-neutral frames on support for policies that seek to redress differential outcomes. In short, the question posed by this research is, “Does talking about disparities actually get advocates what they want?” The scope of this Message Brief is to provide advocates and experts interested in garnering support […]

Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations

by Molly O'Connell
Based on survey responses of 205 leaders of nonprofit organizations with annual expenses between $100,000 and $100 million, this report provides a collection of data on topics such as how diversity relates to the work of nonprofits and what demographic information nonprofits and funders alike are collecting — and how that information is used. The […]

Board Role in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

by Molly O'Connell
The following resources can help nonprofit boards explore the issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and their role–and readiness–to prioritize these topics.

Race to Lead

by Molly O'Connell
Building Movement Project conducted the first Race to Lead survey in 2016. Over 4,300 respondents answered questions about their current nonprofit job, interest in leading a nonprofit, training/supports, and views on race and the nonprofit sector. The “Race to Lead” report series explores the results of this survey and identifies that efforts to support, train, […]

Maine Data Scan

by Tim Brooks
The Data Scan is a repository of accessible, free, reputable, and relevant data sources from around the State of Maine to help nonprofit organizations find data to inform their program planning, strategic planning and grant writing.

Online Donation Tools

by Molly O'Connell
What tools can help you collect donations via credit card through your existing website?  This article breaks down the options, what features are available, and a set of software tools that might work well for you.

Charting Impact

by Tim Brooks
Designed around five simple questions, Charting Impact is a common framework designed to help staff, boards, stakeholders, donors, volunteers, and others to work together, learn from each other and serve the community better. It complements planning, evaluation, and assessment that organizations already undertake, and can be used by nonprofits and foundations of all sizes and missions. […]

Interim Executive Directors

by Tim Brooks
These resources give nonprofit boards insight into the benefits of an Interim CEO. Learn about what an interim executive director does and doesn’t do, and read case studies of nonprofits that have used interim CEOs during leadership transitions.

Storytelling for Nonprofits

by Molly O'Connell
Nonprofits are continually challenged to be effective storytellers to capture the attention of donors, volunteers and policymakers. The following articles and guides can help nonprofits build a storytelling culture and the capacity to craft and communicate compelling stories that raise awareness of their missions and support fundraising efforts.