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Advocacy Strategy/Planning

Governor Mills Signs State’s Two-Year Budget Into Law

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
Joined by Democratic and Republican lawmakers, Governor Janet Mills today signed into law the state’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021 biennial budget. The budget, which the Legislature enacted last Friday with the bipartisan support of two-thirds of its members, expands health care, improves Maine’s education system, provides property tax relief, and invests in the state’s Rainy Day […]

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 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 […]