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Strategic + Operational Planning

MANP has something for everyone!

by Kelly McCormack
Upcoming MANP Trainings + Events Maine nonprofits employ 1 in 6 workers and are a critical part of Maine’s economy; access to professional development is critical to any organization’s talent attraction and development strategy! After a busy planning period, we are thrilled to highlight upcoming educational programs for this winter and spring that align with […]

Video: What is a Sustainability Mindset?

by Molly O'Connell
Steve Zimmerman of Spectrum Nonprofit Services visited Maine last month for MANP’s 2017 Nonprofit Finance Conference to impart his knowledge on how to develop a “sustainability mindset.” Missed the conference, or just want to share Steve’s perspective with colleagues who weren’t able to attend? We sat down with Steve to capture his thoughts. More on […]

Hot topics in 2017 to help you plan for what’s ahead in 2018

by Guest Blogger
This article from the National Council of Nonprofits is reprinted with permission.  “Impossible to see, the future is.” — Yoda While it may be impossible to anticipate fully what 2018 has in store for charitable nonprofits, we think there are important takeaways from some of the hottest topics that surfaced in 2017. We’re sharing our […]

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 […]