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Public Benefit + Accountability

Benefit Corporations Now Official Under Maine Law

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin – September 2019, by Robert H. Levin, Attorney-at-Law with the Law Office of Robert H. Levin. Ever heard of a “Benefit Corporation”? You might start seeing this phrase in the coming years, now that Maine has enacted a statute officially establishing this new kind of for-profit […]

What Can MANP Trainings Do for You?

by Kelly McCormack
Even though it’s February, there’s plenty of time to set and achieve new goals for the year. MANP is here to help you reach those goals, so we ask: In 2019, are you looking to… Build your leadership muscle? Check out this webinar February 13, Lead Like No Other: Behaviors for Gaining Agreement and Engagement. […]

Stories of Impact: Island Institute

by Katie Manter
This case study is part of MANP’s Stories of Impact series highlighting the many ways Maine’s nonprofits are essential to a strong and healthy Maine. MANP’s full Adding Impact Report will be released on January 17, 2019.  Maine’s coastal and island communities are a valuable component of Maine’s identity and economy. Seventy-one percent of Maine’s […]

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 […]

It’s Finally Over: MANP’s Summary of the 128th Legislature 1st Session

by Jennifer Gray
This was a very successful legislative session for MANP. We suffered no losses and had a few wins. Working with key partners, we effectively reminded decision-makers of the importance of nonprofits to the economy and Maine communities and undercut arguments by those advancing an anti-nonprofit agenda. We’re quickly turning to the future in anticipation of […]

Are You Operating a Tight Ship?

by Jennifer Gray
Recent news reports have highlighted what appears to be questionable decision-making by past employees at a Maine nonprofit. These stories are challenging for us at MANP because we know that this is a rare example, yet it provides fuel for pervasive misconceptions about the sector as a whole. News like this should remind everyone that […]

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 […]

Story of Impact: Charlotte White Center

by Mary Erin Casale
This case study is part of MANP’s Stories of Impact series, highlighting the many ways Maine’s nonprofits are essential to a strong and healthy Maine. Finding Efficiencies with Community-Wide Impact The average home in Maine uses 900 gallons of heating oil per year. A weatherized home saves, on average, 198 gallons per year, a number that can […]

Don’t Ask for Stories, and Other Lessons Learned About Storytelling

by Molly O'Connell
It’s hard to open a newsletter these days without an article about storytelling, and for good reason. More and more research is showing that stories are an effective way to capture attention of donors, policymakers and volunteers in a crowded, and constantly changing, messaging landscape. This raises the question: how do we build capacity for this strategy. Earlier […]

Six Common Gaps in Nonprofit Storytelling

by Guest Blogger
We are pleased to share this guest post from Julie Dixon, Research Director of National Journal’s Communications Council, where she leads a dedicated team that provides data and insights to strategically support nonprofit communications executives. Ms. Dixon is the featured speaker at the upcoming Executive Leadership Forum on September 10th in Freeport. Storytelling is a […]