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Strategic + Operational Planning

Deconstructing Sustainability

by Guest Blogger
This post is adapted from a chapter in Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, by Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, and Steve Zimmerman and reprinted with permission from the authors. Steve Zimmerman will be offering the keynote address at MANP’s Nonprofit Finance Conference on December 5, 2017! There is still time to register. What is […]

Are You Operating a Tight Ship?

by Jennifer Gray
Recent news reports have highlighted what appears to be questionable decision-making by past employees at a Maine nonprofit. These stories are challenging for us at MANP because we know that this is a rare example, yet it provides fuel for pervasive misconceptions about the sector as a whole. News like this should remind everyone that […]

Help Desk FAQ: Resources for New Nonprofits

by Molly O'Connell
If you’ve started a nonprofit and are now overwhelmed, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to know where to start, and may feel hard to keep the passion that inspired the creation of the organization alive. Here are some suggested early steps along with resources that are especially relevant to new, small organizations. Know What’s […]

Maine nonprofits need to prepare for new rules on overtime

by Mary Erin Casale
We submitted a letter-to the editor that was published in the Portland Press Herald. Here’s what we had to say about the new regulations: The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced its final overtime regulations. When they go into effect Dec. 1, it will mean that most employees earning less than $47,500 per year will […]

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 […]

FAQs about BoDs (Frequently Asked Questions about Boards of Directors)

by Katie Mae Simpson
Five Ways to Develop Your Board Some of the questions we get asked the most here at MANP are about board recruitment and development.   While recruiting and maintaining a committed and active board can be challenging, it is a vital part of operating a dynamic and healthy nonprofit organization. As you consider the best ways […]

Story of Impact: Charlotte White Center

by Mary Erin Casale
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. Finding Efficiencies with Community-Wide Impact The average home in Maine uses 900 gallons of heating oil per year. A weatherized home saves, on average, 198 gallons per year, a number that can […]

Why Board Self-Assessment is Worth the Effort

by Molly O'Connell
Nonprofit boards have room for improvement and need to take time to reflect. According to  Leading with Intent, BoardSource’s most recent national index of nonprofit boards, boards are earning a B- average.  A key finding of the recently released Leadership New England study was that “The expectations and responsibilities of boards need to shift in […]

New Research Encourages Leaders to Shift Their Thinking

by Molly O'Connell
Last week, Third Sector New England published the results of their Leadership New England survey. The report’s authors encourage leaders in the sector to make three shifts in perspective. #1 Shift the framework for succession planning to deep sustainability “It is time to change how the sector thinks about and approaches succession planning.” Almost 60% of responding […]

Get Strategic About Board Recruitment

by Guest Blogger
This post was authored by Jeff Wahlstrom of Starboard Leadership Consulting. If you want to build a stronger board, you need to recruit board members today who can help the organization achieve its strategic goals tomorrow. Start your recruitment process by pulling out and reviewing the priorities in your strategic plan. With the plan in […]