Opt In: Communications Conference

Opt In 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
9:00am-4:30pm (8:00am-9:00am Registration, Breakfast + Networking)
Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland

Opt In is back for its second year! Designed to spark your creativity and help you elevate your communications strategy, this engaging and inspiring day focuses on communications trends that impact Maine nonprofits.

Join your peers to discuss recommended practices and discover unique approaches and innovative methods that your organization can put to use right away.


8:00am-9:00am Registration, Breakfast + Networking
9:00am-10:00am Welcome, Opening + Spark Talk
10:00am-10:15am Transition/Break

Table Chats + Breakout Sessions: Round 1

1A: Email Marketing for Nonprofits: A Case Study with ARLGP
1B: Organizational Names in the News: Manage Yours
1C: Share Your Mission Message: Less “Pitching,” More Connecting
1D: Times Are a Changin’: 7 Steps to Developing a Communications Plan for Today
1E: The Power of Letting your Audiences See Who You Really Are

11:30am-12:45pm Lunch + Spark Talks + Networking
12:45pm-1:00pm Transition/Break

Table Chats + Breakout Sessions: Round 2

2A: Nonprofit Guide to Using Social Media
2B: Elevating Your Website Presence: Discussion and Live Critiques
2C: Brand Identity: A Case Study with the Portland Public Library
2D: Time for a Party? Leveraging Milestones to Maximize Your Message: Panel Discussion
2E: Google Grants

2:15pm-2:30pm Transition/Break

Table Chats + Breakout Sessions: Round 3

3A: To Boost or Not to Boost: Facebook Advertising for Nonprofits
3B: A Knack for Storytelling: Creative Multimedia on Any Budget
3C: PR Campaign Case Study: How Two Nonprofits Earned National Coverage by Finding the Right Story
3D: How to Communicate Organizational Change to Stakeholders: Panel Discussion
3E: Accessibility + Inclusion at Events: Peer Discussion

3:45pm-3:55pm Transition/Break
3:55pm-4:30pm Debrief + Closing

Breakout Sessions + More

Conference participants will select breakout sessions to attend on the day of the conference.

Presenters + Volunteers

Opt In 2019 will highlight the work and knowledge of subject matter-experienced individuals from the nonprofit, business, and government sectors.

Cost + Registration

  • $175 Members / $215 Non-Members 
  • Team learning saves! $15 off each additional registration from your organization

Highlights from Opt In 2018

Check out highlights from last year’s conference in this video made by our friends at Machias Savings Bank.

Opt In 2019 is presented in partnership with:

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Sponsorship opportunities still available! To find out how you can deepen your commitment to the nonprofit sector through sponsorship of this event, or a contribution to MANP’s Access Fund, contact Jennifer Hutchins.