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Public Policy + Advocacy

Guidance on Second Round of PPP, EIDL Loans and Grants

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
The National Council of Nonprofits held a webinar on the Consolidated Appropriations Act on January 13, 20201. Watch the recording and view the slides for more details. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”), signed into law on December 27, 2020, updates several provisions from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, […]

How Did Nonprofits Fare in Latest COVID Relief Package?

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
The National Council of Nonprofits held a webinar on the Consolidated Appropriations Act on January 13, 20201. Watch the recording and view the slides for more details. Just before the turn of the year–and eight months after the CARES Act was signed into law–Congress passed a new Emergency COVID relief and Omnibus bill (The Consolidated […]

Are You Taking Advantage of the CARES Act to Maximize Year-End Giving?

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
To assist you with your solicitation efforts, MANP would like to provide sample language you and your organization can use when encouraging your donors to give before the end of the year based on soon-to-expire CARES Act provisions. The CARES Act allows itemizers to deduct up to 100% of their income this year instead of […]

What Does the 2020 Election Mean for Maine Nonprofits?

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
With the results of the 2020 election dominating news coverage and social media, you may be wondering what the election results mean for Maine nonprofits. To help answer your questions, here is an initial analysis of the nonprofit implications of the election results. Overview of election results in Maine The unofficial turnout for the 2020 […]

Maine Nonprofits Call on Congress to Pass Coronavirus Relief Package

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
This morning, MANP and fellow nonprofit colleagues held a virtual press conference to highlight how crucial more federal relief dollars are to our sector and to urge federal and state lawmakers to enact legislation that will support our work. A recording of the press conference, the text of my opening remarks, and information for the […]

Revised HEROES Act Bill: Key Provisions for Nonprofits

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
After weeks of doubt that Congress would pass a relief bill this fall, there is some new momentum; the revised text of the House’s $2.2 Trillion COVID relief bill (The Heroes Act) was released last night and negotiations are underway this week. Our preliminary analysis of key provisions for nonprofits are below. Virtual Press Conference: […]

Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program: What Nonprofits Need to Know

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
Last updated September 8, 2020. On August 20th, Governor Mills announced the release of the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program. The program, backed by $200 million in Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds, will “provide grants for businesses and non-profit organizations that demonstrate a need for financial relief based on lost revenues or expenses related […]

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts During Election Season

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
As part of our blog series focused on the theme How 501c3 Nonprofits Can Engage in Elections,today we’re highlighting Social Media Do’s and Don’ts. 501(c)3 Nonprofits should be careful with their use of social media during election season. Typically, questions arise when someone posts something electoral on a nonprofit’s social media channels and when trying to […]

PPP Loan Forgiveness and Maine Tax Considerations for Tax Exempt Organizations

by Guest Blogger
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) program under the CARES Act states that the forgiveness of the PPP loans will not be taxable income.  However, shortly after the CARES Act passed, the IRS announced that they would not allow tax deductions for business expenses paid with PPP loan proceeds that were forgiven. In addition, Maine has […]

Issue Advocacy During Election Season

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
As part of our blog series focused on the theme How 501c3 Nonprofits Can Engage in Elections,we now focus on Issue Advocacy. 501(c)3 Nonprofits may legally engage in issue advocacy during election season but should be careful. Guidelines The fundamental consideration is whether the issue advocacy benefits or appears to benefit one candidate over another. The […]