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Maine Nonprofits + the 2018 Election

by Jennifer Gray

While 501(c)(3) nonprofits are prohibited from supporting or opposing candidates for public office, that does not mean they have to stay out of elections all together. Nonprofits can engage in issue education and Get Out the Vote initiatives.

This year is an especially important year for nonprofits to foster civic engagement and raise awareness about the opportunities and challenges they face in advancing their missions. With Maine’s current governor termed out of office, the gubernatorial election in November 2018 will determine our state’s path forward on numerous issues critical to Maine’s nonprofit community. In addition, all of Maine’s state legislative seats, one of our U.S. Senate seats, and both of our U.S. House of Representative seats are on the ballot.

What’s Legal?

To help nonprofits prepare, I’m excited to lead two opportunities for members to get together, learn what’s legal, and brainstorm with colleagues about strategies and potential collaborations. Join me!

  • June 5th, Augusta – an opportunity specifically for environmental nonprofits to learn and strategize. Register.
  • June 7th, Portland – open to nonprofits of all sizes and missions! Register.

Plus, you can download our free Raise Your Voice toolkit and find more election-season guides and tools in our Answer Center.

Framing Your Issues

The way we talk about our work and the impact of our sector as a whole is critical to building support from policy makers, community leaders and the public at large. We’re hosting two opportunities for organizations to learn from experts about how to use framing science and data to effectively communicate about their issues and their impact.

Putting Nonprofits Front + Center

Maine’s economy and communities depend on a strong network of nonprofits organizations and the philanthropic partners that support them to deliver on their missions. To bring attention to this essential segment of our communities and workforce, MANP is very proud to co-host the first Nonprofit + Philanthropic Gubernatorial Forum on September 26th in Bangor to:

  • Highlight the value of Maine’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to the public and candidates.
  • Inform voters on where the candidates stand on key issues impacting the sectors.

Learn more and save the date.

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