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Board Roles + Responsibilities

MANP has something for everyone!

by Kelly McCormack
Upcoming MANP Trainings + Events Maine nonprofits employ 1 in 6 workers and are a critical part of Maine’s economy; access to professional development is critical to any organization’s talent attraction and development strategy! After a busy planning period, we are thrilled to highlight upcoming educational programs for this winter and spring that align with […]

Walking the Talk: A Board Chair’s Perspective on Board Self-Assessment

by Guest Blogger
This guest post was contributed by Douglas Woodbury, President of MANP’s Board of Directors. As chair of the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) Board of Directors I come in contact with many organizations who are struggling with the questions, “Can our board be more effective? Where do we start?” While board development needs will vary […]

Help Desk FAQ: Resources for New Nonprofits

by Molly O'Connell
If you’ve started a nonprofit and are now overwhelmed, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to know where to start, and may feel hard to keep the passion that inspired the creation of the organization alive. Here are some suggested early steps along with resources that are especially relevant to new, small organizations. Know What’s […]

How Do We Get Board Members Engaged?

by Jennifer Hutchins
“Ugh. Can these meetings be more substantive?” “How do we get board members engaged?” “When WILL this meeting be over?” We hear these concerns from our members across the sector—from universities and hospitals to land trusts and libraries. Tapping into your board’s unique attributes in a meaningful way is one of those pesky “never enough” […]

FAQs about BoDs (Frequently Asked Questions about Boards of Directors)

by Katie Mae Simpson
Five Ways to Develop Your Board Some of the questions we get asked the most here at MANP are about board recruitment and development.   While recruiting and maintaining a committed and active board can be challenging, it is a vital part of operating a dynamic and healthy nonprofit organization. As you consider the best ways […]

Internal Executive Succession: Demystifying the Potential for Organizational Gains and Disasters

by Guest Blogger
We are pleased to offer this guest post by Thomas Adams, Director of Succession and Sustainability at Raffa, as part of our Mission Driven Leadershift series. Selecting an internal candidate as the next CEO/executive is full of opportunity and risk. Too often the choice seems so clear and compelling – an apparent no-brainer and obvious choice for the […]

An Attitude Adjustment: Fundraising is a Form of Barter

by Guest Blogger
Guest blogger Andy Robinson is the featured speaker at our Focus on Fundraising event in early December, which is designed specifically to help organizations build fundraising capacity by strengthening board/staff teams.   Getting Past the Money Taboo I make my living as a trainer, teaching people how to raise money for charitable purposes, and I use my seminars to test […]

Be a Fundraiser When You Grow Up

by Molly O'Connell
At my son’s recent preschool event there was a display board with pictures of all the children holding chalkboards telling what they wanted to be when they grew up. You won’t be shocked to know: This was adorable. Not one of them wrote “fundraiser” as a career goal. Most of us did not enter the nonprofit […]

Women’s Equality and Your Organization

by Mary Erin Casale
Tomorrow is Women’s Equality Day. It marks the 95th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This success was the result of three generations of unrelenting, brilliant and courageous advocacy work. With little financial, legal or political power of their own, and working against a […]

Why Board Self-Assessment is Worth the Effort

by Molly O'Connell
Nonprofit boards have room for improvement and need to take time to reflect. According to  Leading with Intent, BoardSource’s most recent national index of nonprofit boards, boards are earning a B- average.  A key finding of the recently released Leadership New England study was that “The expectations and responsibilities of boards need to shift in […]