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Encouraging Participation

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) […]

Its GO(TV) Time

by Mary Erin Casale
Well, the time is here. If you haven’t taken advantage of Maine’s incredibly accessible early vote options, TOMORROW is the day you GET OUT YOUR VOTE! All across Maine and the country, voters will head to the polls and cast their ballots. It is critical that nonprofit employees, board members and volunteers turn out. Elected […]

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 […]

Action Alert: National Survey Regarding Overtime and Overhead

by Mary Erin Casale
From our partners at the National Council on Nonprofits: Inviting Nonprofits with Government Grants and Contracts to Participate in a National Survey Nonprofits in our state and across the country will soon be dealing with changes to federal rules governing employment and contracting practices that have the potential to affect the costs and operations of […]

Nonprofit Day 2016! #NonprofitsGoodforME

by Mary Erin Casale
What a great day we had in Augusta last week! There were 12 fantastic organizations from across the State that joined us in the Hall of Flags. A big thank you to: Alzheimers Association, Maine Chapter– Scarborough, ME Camp To Belong Maine– Auburn, ME Crisis and Counseling Centers– Augusta, ME Diversion Alert– Linneus, ME Girls […]

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 […]