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Advocacy Strategy/Planning

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 […]

Aha!! You could almost see the lightbulbs…

by Jennifer Hutchins
You know what I love? Seeing a MANP member’s lightbulb moment learning a new approach or idea. Last Thursday, over 170 nonprofit leaders and friends gathered for MANP’s Executive Leadership Forum to hear Dr. Lynn Davey urge us to reframe how we explain what we do. If every audible AHA! actually lit up a bulb, we […]

Nonprofit Help Desk FAQ: Can Charitable Nonprofits Lobby?

by Molly O'Connell
There is a common misconception that nonprofits cannot lobby, but they can and they should! With the 1976 Lobby Law and the IRS Regulations set forth in 1990, Congress made it clear that influencing legislation is an appropriate and legitimate activity for charitable organizations. The confusion often results because charitable nonprofits (designated as 501(c)(3) organizations) […]

Joint Policy Institute

by Mary Erin Casale
Building Relationships, Enhancing Capacity and Taking Action Together A little over two weeks ago, nearly 100 nonprofit professionals gathered for a conference hosted by our partners at the National Council of Nonprofits and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. This first-ever Joint Policy Institute was designed to strengthen relationships between nonprofit and grant-maker associations, to expand […]

Your Summer Checklist

by Mary Erin Casale
It’s finally summer in Maine. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the tourists are coming. While we know you are busy planning how you are really going to enjoy Vacationland this summer, we’ve got a few suggestions for bringing the spirit of summer to your work. Sign Up for Camp Board Boot Camp, […]

Celebrate Nonprofit Day!

by Mary Erin Casale
Good morning from Augusta! We’re so thrilled to be celebrating our 13th Annual Nonprofit Day at the State House. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for live updates. The only way to make it feel like a real celebration is if you join in! Even if you can’t join us in […]

One week out!

by Mary Erin Casale
Yesterday marked the beginning of the legislative session and it started in surprisingly conciliatory fashion. We are officially one week out from our 13th Annual Nonprofit Day at the State House and our exhibitors have been hard at work preparing for the big day. Many of them participated in a webinar focused on advocacy and […]

We are so proud to announce…

by Mary Erin Casale
…our 12 exhibitors for our annual Nonprofit Day at the State House! We had the difficult task of selecting a slate of organizations that demonstrate the diversity of the sector through a broad range of sizes, missions and geographic service areas. And we had so many great applicants! This was not an easy task. There […]

Before you celebrate, ADVOCATE!

by Mary Erin Casale
UPDATE : Thanks to your hard work, the IRS the Treasury Department and IRS announced that it is withdrawing the proposed Gift Substantiation regulation. The withdrawal of the flawed regulatory proposal is very good news for the public, for donors, and for the nonprofit community. The government was convinced that its proposal would have contributed to identity […]

127th Second Regular Session – aka the “short” session

by Mary Erin Casale
MANP Legislative Priorities After a rapid fire review of about 400 bill titles by the Legislative Council last Thursday, the agenda for the second regular session is nearly set. I say nearly for a few reasons – 1) there is an appeal process for rejected bills and 2) Governor LePage can submit bills at any […]