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MANP at 25: Empowering People with Purpose!

by Jennifer Hutchins

From the desk of Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director, MANP

Why do I love my work? Every day, I meet someone on a mission. Someone whose priority isn’t fame, wealth or power, but whose priority is to make Maine better, healthier, safer, more resilient, more equitable, more joyous…a greener place to live, work and play. These are people with purpose… people committed to serving the common good through Maine’s nonprofits.

Nonprofits are critical to Maine’s economy and quality of life. They build and support our workforce, protect the environment, care for our most vulnerable citizens, support arts and culture, educate our children, develop community leaders, and sustain our spirit. A thriving, empowered nonprofit sector is integral to Maine’s future prosperity.

Yet, challenges loom. We face an increasingly competitive workforce environment, demographic shifts, rising health care costs, and leadership transition. Demand for services increases while public support declines and changes in philanthropic giving threaten future funding.

In our 25th year, MANP is uniquely positioned to be a bold advocate and resource, so that Maine nonprofits can address these challenges and adapt, thrive, and contribute in a fast-changing world. From 31 founding organizations in 1994 to 940 members today, MANP is strengthening Maine’s largest nonprofit network with high-quality advocacy, education and support services from Fort Kent to York.

In 2019 and beyond, we will focus on building a more collaborative and influential nonprofit sector by weaving new and deeper connections among nonprofits (attend a MANP Mixer!); forging partnerships across the nonprofit, business, philanthropic and government sectors (nominate an Emerging Leader!); and providing leadership as a vocal advocate for how nonprofits benefit Maine (Check out this talk at the Portland Regional Chamber!). Strengthening the capacity, connections, and cross-sector influence of Maine nonprofits will empower nonprofits to contribute as valued partners in making Maine a great place to live, work, and visit.

Let’s start with a party! Join us on June 20 at UNE’s Innovation Hall for an evening of festivities and raise a glass to 25 years of Maine nonprofits and the people who are making a difference every day for our state and the common good.

Are you a MANP fan? Please visit our donation page to acknowledge MANP’s 25th anniversary by helping us expand access to our programs and resources. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for making Maine better!


Executive Director

Maine Association of Nonprofits

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