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Public Policy + Advocacy

Updated and Expanded Special Report on Investing ARPA Funds in Nonprofits

by Mary Alice Scott
This article is re-printed with permission from National Council of Nonprofits. MANP’s advocacy work and our partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits is made possible by our members, and especially our Advocacy Network. Thank you! UPDATED REPORT: Strengthening State and Local Economies in Partnership with Nonprofits By the end of May, all 50 states and the District […]

The Push Is On For Nonprofit Pandemic and Workforce Shortage Relief

by Jennifer Hutchins
On Monday, a broad coalition of more than 60 national charitable nonprofit organizations sent a letter to President Biden and congressional leaders calling for “urgently needed pandemic and workforce shortage relief that will enable charitable organizations to fulfill their roles in our nation’s relief, recovery, and rebuilding.” The letter identifies nonprofit-specific policy solutions that would […]

The Data Show What We Know: The Nonprofit Helpers Need Help

by Guest Blogger
This article is re-printed with permission from the author, Amy Silver O’Leary, National Council of Nonprofits. MANP’s advocacy work and our partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits is made possible by our members, and especially our Advocacy Network. Thank you! New data provide further evidence that the public served by nonprofits continues to be at risk. […]

Congressional Confrontations: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?

by Guest Blogger
This article is re-printed with permission from National Council of Nonprofits. MANP’s advocacy work and our partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits is made possible by our members, and especially our Advocacy Network. Thank you! Last week, Congress passed a law to keep the federal government funded, but so far divisions have blocked it from […]

130th Legislature: First Regular Session Summary

by Jennifer Hutchins
Maine legislators finally wrapped up the first session of the 130th Legislature this year, ending a highly unusual session. The new legislature did much of its committee work virtually, held sessions in the Augusta Civic Center, adjourned and reconvened, but ultimately adjourned in the State House and with the doors reopened to the public. MANP […]

How to Invest Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

by Jennifer Hutchins
When Congress approved sending $350 billion in fiscal recovery funds to state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), it expressly authorized those governments to invest resources in charitable nonprofits serving their communities. Specifically, governments may use the federal funds directly or through others, meaning that individual charitable […]

Governor Mills Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
In 2021, Congress approved $4.5 billion to Maine as part of the American Rescue Plan Act, and of that, $3.2 billion is dedicated for recovery efforts like bolstering public health, including COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, enhanced unemployment benefits, stimulus payments to families, business supports, and more. Maine’s Governor and Legislature have the discretion to spend […]

Fiscal Sponsorship – New Annotated Template

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin May 2021, by Robert H. Levin, Attorney-at-Law, Law Office of Robert H. Levin. Over the years, I’ve fielded countless questions about fiscal sponsorship, a type of arrangement has become a growing part of the nonprofit world. Recently, I collaborated with the Maine Association of Nonprofits to […]

President Biden Increases Federal Contractor Minimum Wage

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
On April 27, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage to workers who are working on federal contracts. The White House Fact Sheet states: “Starting January 30, 2022, all agencies will need to incorporate a $15 minimum wage in new contract […]

Significant PPP Changes for Nonprofits in American Rescue Plan Act (2021)

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
On March 12, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), a $1.9 trillion package intended to help recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  ARPA adds $7.25 billion into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and expands eligibility for forgivable loans under the PPP for nonprofit organizations. Expanded Nonprofit Eligibility Congress initially limited […]