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Public Policy + Advocacy

Stories of Impact: Jewish Community Alliance

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.  Fostering inclusivity, at the forefront of the Jewish Community Alliance’s (JCA) mission, helps create a welcoming environment where […]

Public Policy Forecast and Federal Shutdown

by Jennifer Gray
The following content from the National Council of Nonprofits has been reprinted with permission. Our 2019 Public Policy Forecast for Nonprofits For the third consecutive year, the Chronicle of Philanthropy has published our annual public policy forecast for the nonprofit and foundation community: The Effects of 2019 Tax-Policy Decisions Will Linger for Decades. It’s Time […]

Action Alert: Protect Nonprofit Nonpartisanship

by Jennifer Gray
Please join us in reaching out to our Congressional delegation to urge them to oppose efforts weaken the Johnson Amendment!  In the next few days, Congress will be wrapping up huge, year-end legislation that could include language damaging to your nonprofit and the people and community you serve. Language was attached to a spending bill in […]

What do the results of this election mean for your nonprofit?

by Guest Blogger
We’re pleased to present this guest post from Jeff Wahlstrom, managing director of Starboard Leadership Consulting. No matter how you feel about the results of the 2018 election season, the reality for Maine nonprofit organizations is: “changes are coming.” With a new governor and many new legislators in place, you can anticipate leadership turnover at […]

Oppose Portland’s Proposed PILOT Policy

by Jennifer Gray
UPDATE:  After a public hearing at which multiple Portland nonprofits, as well as MANP, testified against the PILOT proposal, the City of Portland’s Economic Development Committee decided to take no action and advised the city staff to reach out the Portland’s nonprofit community and be more collaborative. Staff may take the issue up again next […]

Nonprofit + Philanthropic Conversations with Gubernatorial Candidates

by Jennifer Gray
What do candidates for Maine’s next governor think of issues that matter to nonprofits and funders? Join us for a series of free webinars! The nonprofit sector, which employs 1 in 6 Maine workers and touches the lives of every Maine resident, is critically important to Maine’s communities and Maine’s future. With their important voice […]

Action Alert: Preserving Nonprofit Nonpartisanship

by Jennifer Gray
Update 10/1/18: The House recessed for the November elections before the House-Senate conference committee could resolve differences over the spending bill (H.R. 6147) that contains the anti-Johnson Amendment rider. The bill is now on hold until the post-election lame-duck session while the Treasury Department, the IRS, and several other departments are funded temporarily through a “continuing […]

Why I’ll Be There

by Jennifer Gray
Maine nonprofits are critically important to Maine’s economy and quality of life, employing 1 in 6 Maine workers and spending billions of dollars each year. Maine nonprofits stimulate the economy, build community, weave our social safety net and foster civic engagement. This year is an especially important year for nonprofits to raise awareness about the […]

Your Election Season FAQs Answered

by Jennifer Gray
While 501(c)(3) nonprofits are prohibited from supporting or opposing candidates for public office, that does not mean they have to stay out of elections all together. For easy access, here’s our full blog series with guidance to help Maine nonprofits be legal and effective this election season: 501(c)(3) Nonprofits Can GOTV Nonprofit Election Law Basics Voter […]

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

by Jennifer Gray
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 […]