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Resource + Fund Development

Are Nonprofits Seeing the Benefits of Grants Reforms?

by Jennifer Gray
Our partner, the National Council of Nonprofits, provides some updated information on the OMB Uniform Guidance and the opportunity to provide input through a survey below. A few years ago, the federal government adopted grants reforms designed in part to improve the way governments at all levels treat nonprofits that perform services on their behalf. […]

4 Ways Millennials and Nonprofits Are Perfect for Each Other

by Guest Blogger
In honor of our upcoming SkillBuilder, Engaging Millennials to Raise Big Money (June 2, Portland), we’re pleased to share this post by Tiffany Gourley, State Policy Counsel for the National Council of Nonprofits. Millennials have become the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, and employers that ignore the millennial influence do so at their own peril. Many […]

What Makes Someone a Good Ambassador for Your Mission?

by Molly O'Connell
When Andy Robinson joined us recently for Focus on Friendraising, we sat down with him to discuss how to be a good nonprofit ambassador. Use this short video as a discussion prompt with your boards and advisory councils! Why? In the past several months nonprofits have seen an unprecedented surge in support as communities grapple with the uncertainties […]

Are you ready for #GivingTuesday?!

by Mary Erin Casale
Entering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It’s an opportunity for nonprofits across Maine to access a platform to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. On November 29, join the movement to celebrate and encourage giving. If […]

What would your nonprofit do with $5000?

by Mary Erin Casale
Through their Leaders & Luminaries Awards, Camden National Bank honors board members who have effectively used inspiration, creativity, and ingenuity in board governance. This year, through The Bank of Maine Foundation, they’ll present four awards totaling $20,000 to nonprofit board members who have made important contributions in their communities. The awards will be presented during our Fall Executive […]

Action Alert: National Survey Regarding Overtime and Overhead

by Mary Erin Casale
From our partners at the National Council on Nonprofits: Inviting Nonprofits with Government Grants and Contracts to Participate in a National Survey Nonprofits in our state and across the country will soon be dealing with changes to federal rules governing employment and contracting practices that have the potential to affect the costs and operations of […]

Before you celebrate, ADVOCATE!

by Mary Erin Casale
UPDATE : Thanks to your hard work, the IRS the Treasury Department and IRS announced that it is withdrawing the proposed Gift Substantiation regulation. The withdrawal of the flawed regulatory proposal is very good news for the public, for donors, and for the nonprofit community. The government was convinced that its proposal would have contributed to identity […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

by Mary Erin Casale
It happened again. It seems like it was just back-to-school sales, pumpkin spice lattes and fall foliage and then BOOM, before you knew it we’re already counting down to the holiday season and making plans for 2016. For most nonprofits, that means concentrating on end of year appeals and your annual filing requirements. (FUN!!!) There […]

An Attitude Adjustment: Fundraising is a Form of Barter

by Guest Blogger
Guest blogger Andy Robinson is the featured speaker at our Focus on Fundraising event in early December, which is designed specifically to help organizations build fundraising capacity by strengthening board/staff teams.   Getting Past the Money Taboo I make my living as a trainer, teaching people how to raise money for charitable purposes, and I use my seminars to test […]

Be a Fundraiser When You Grow Up

by Molly O'Connell
At my son’s recent preschool event there was a display board with pictures of all the children holding chalkboards telling what they wanted to be when they grew up. You won’t be shocked to know: This was adorable. Not one of them wrote “fundraiser” as a career goal. Most of us did not enter the nonprofit […]