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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. […]

Silence Kills Collaboration

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from Communilogue. Empathy is a huge buzzword these days. Everyone’s talking about it (including me), writing about it and encouraging it of their employees. Although I think it’s great that people are seeing the value of taking the time and energy to truly understand others, I think there needs to be a […]

Preventing Employee Burnout: Ideas from the Field

by Molly O'Connell
Over the past several years, there has been new attention on employee burnout and the ways workplace cultures of productivity, constant connection, and immediate responsiveness are contributing to widespread risk of employee disengagement, negative health impacts, and even resignation from the workforce: see articles in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes and CNBC for […]

Remote Membership Meetings Authorized Under New Maine Law

by Guest Blogger
Reprinted with permission from The Maine Nonprofit Law E-Bulletin September 2021, by Robert H. Levin, Attorney-at-Law with the Law Office of Robert H. Levin. During the pandemic some Maine nonprofits have been twisted into knots trying to figure out whether remote Board and membership meetings are permitted. I first wrote about this issue in my […]

Congressional Confrontations: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?

by Guest Blogger
This article is re-printed with permission from 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! Last week, Congress passed a law to keep the federal government funded, but so far divisions have blocked it from […]

Realizing Healthy Nonprofits

by Kelly McCormack
Realize: become fully aware of something; understand clearly. Realize: cause to happen. What does it mean to be a healthy nonprofit workplace? What would a truly thriving nonprofit sector look like and require of us (and our partners)? How do we advance equity in our organizations and communities? These questions are top of mind for […]

130th Legislature: First Regular Session Summary

by Jennifer Hutchins
Maine legislators finally wrapped up the first session of the 130th Legislature this year, ending a highly unusual session. The new legislature did much of its committee work virtually, held sessions in the Augusta Civic Center, adjourned and reconvened, but ultimately adjourned in the State House and with the doors reopened to the public. MANP […]

Discounted Advertising in the 2021 Mainebiz Giving Guide

by Kelly McCormack
Resilient. Innovative. Essential. These are words that aptly describe Maine’s nonprofits before the pandemic and that will remain true long after. The past year and a half pushed charitable organizations to the limit, challenging our communities in ways we couldn’t imagine and, ultimately, inspiring problem solving in new and exciting ways. Every organization has stories […]

How to Invest Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

by Jennifer Hutchins
When Congress approved sending $350 billion in fiscal recovery funds to state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), it expressly authorized those governments to invest resources in charitable nonprofits serving their communities. Specifically, governments may use the federal funds directly or through others, meaning that individual charitable […]