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Resource + Fund Development

Help Desk FAQ: Resources + Tips for Finding Grants

by Katie Manter
One of the most common questions we receive from nonprofits is how to find grant funding for their organization. We reached out to our friends at the Maine Philanthropy Center (MPC) to pull together some ideas to help organizations get started.   If you are new to grant research, we suggest you start with an MPC Grant Tutorial. These sessions are designed to familiarize you with the landscape […]

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. […]

Federal Shuttered Venue Operator Grants (SVOG) Program

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
April 24, 2021 Update: The SVOG Program Reopens Saturday, April 24th, 2021 The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that it will re-open the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) portal Saturday, April 24 at 12:30pm. The SBA released new guidance detailing the application requirements, forms, and required supporting documentation. All information is posted on the Shuttered Venue Operators […]

Survey Says…Trends in 2021 Fundraising Event Plans

by Molly O'Connell
Many nonprofits rely on one, or several, keystone fundraising events throughout the year to generate revenue to support their missions. The pandemic caused many organizations to cancel or adapt their fundraising events in 2020. So, how are Maine nonprofits approaching their fundraising events this year? Over the past two weeks, MANP conducted a flash poll […]

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 […]

Accounting for Sponsorship Revenue When Events are Postponed

by Guest Blogger
Sponsored Blog Post: MANP is pleased to present the following sponsored blog post by Jon Osterburg of Jitasa, a Sustainer-level Friend of MANP. Sponsored posts reflect the views and opinions of our guest blogger and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of MANP. So you’ve had to postpone an event. You’ve already collected […]

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 […]

Fundraising Lessons from our Muddy Boots Tour with Andy Robinson

by Kelly McCormack
Recently MANP hit the road with Andy Robinson to bring an in-depth fundraising workshop to three locations: Bangor, Bar Harbor and Waterville. Internally, we were calling this our Muddy Boots Tour and we could not have had a better fellow road tripper! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Andy, he has been a […]

“Trump’s tax law threatens charities. The poor will pay.” 

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
We are alarmed by the early reporting showing that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act or “TSJA” enacted last year has already had a negative impact on giving and that it may only get worse. One of the problems stems from the new tax law doubling the standard deduction to $24,000 for married couples and $12,000 for single filers. […]

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. […]