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Nonprofit Board Compensation: Yes, you can compensate board members, but should you?

by Guest Blogger
The Byzantine legal and regulatory landscape governing nonprofit compensation has many organizations frustrated as they seek to answer the seemingly simply question of whether their organization can compensate board members as a tool to reduce barriers to board participation. If you are wondering whether your organization can compensate board directors, the answer is yes, you […]

How to Dissolve a Maine Nonprofit Corporation

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin March 2022, by Robert H. Levin, Attorney-at-Law with the Law Office of Robert H. Levin. Nonprofits come and go, and that’s a good thing. In a dynamic world, it is perfectly healthy for new organizations to spring forth in response to budding energy around an idea […]

The Organizational Model: How to Stay Grounded and Adaptive at the Same Time

by Guest Blogger
This article is reprinted with permission from the author, Steve Zimmerman, Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services, who will be presenting a two-part series entitled Rethinking Your Organizational Model to Ensure Agility + Resilience, on April 1st +8th, 2022. “In order to fly, you need something solid to take off from.” -P.L. Travers Among the many […]

The Data Show What We Know: The Nonprofit Helpers Need Help

by Guest Blogger
This article is re-printed with permission from the author, Amy Silver O’Leary, National Council of Nonprofits. MANP’s advocacy work and our partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits is made possible by our members, and especially our Advocacy Network. Thank you! New data provide further evidence that the public served by nonprofits continues to be at risk. […]

Silence Kills Collaboration

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from Communilogue. Empathy is a huge buzzword these days. Everyone’s talking about it (including me), writing about it and encouraging it of their employees. Although I think it’s great that people are seeing the value of taking the time and energy to truly understand others, I think there needs to be a […]

Remote Membership Meetings Authorized Under New Maine Law

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin September 2021, by Robert H. Levin, Attorney-at-Law with the Law Office of Robert H. Levin. During the pandemic some Maine nonprofits have been twisted into knots trying to figure out whether remote Board and membership meetings are permitted. I first wrote about this issue in my […]

Congressional Confrontations: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?

by Guest Blogger
This article is re-printed with permission from National Council of Nonprofits. MANP’s advocacy work and our partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits is made possible by our members, and especially our Advocacy Network. Thank you! Last week, Congress passed a law to keep the federal government funded, but so far divisions have blocked it from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]