Information for Maine Nonprofits During COVID-19
One-on-One Help from the Maine Nonprofit Rapid Response Team
While this COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us, the way it’s impacting your organization and how you should respond is unique. In response, MANP has organized a Maine Nonprofit Rapid Response Team of volunteers to provide free, one-on-one support to help nonprofits understand and navigate their options.
Volunteers will provide up to one hour of advice or technical assistance to nonprofits in the following areas:
- Strategy development and scenario planning – advice as you think through your mission goals and financial realities, assess your options and adjust your strategies
- SBA Loan Help – help assessing options, completing applications, and understanding loan forgiveness eligibility
- HR Advice – understanding the rules and options about temporarily or permanently letting staff members go (layoffs, furloughs, compensation and unemployment)
- Reopening – guidance on interpreting state rules and public health advice on how to safely reopen physical offices and resume services to the public (including employment and risk management considerations)
Looking for legal assistance? See below for more info on a free program for nonprofits.
- Priority will be given to smaller organizations, rural nonprofits, and organizations led by and serving marginalized communities.
- Please note: many of the relief options are focused on organizations with paid staff.
How to Request Assistance
- Complete this form to request assistance from MANP’s Nonprofit Rapid Response Team. (Please note, the information submitted through this form will be shared with a volunteer.)
- If you are unable to submit a request via the form online or by email, you may call and leave a message at (207) 352-3439 and a MANP staff member will call you back.
- A MANP staff member will follow up with you in 1-2 business days to introduce you to a volunteer via email and share the information submitted through the form with the volunteer.
- Organizations and volunteers will then work together to find the best mode of communication and schedule a time to connect.
Additional Resource: Free Legal Assistance for Nonprofits
The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project, in collaboration with the Maine Justice Foundation, has launched a virtual COVID-19 Small Business/Non-Profit Legal Clinic to assist nonprofits with less than 25 employees whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19. Attorneys are available to discuss topics, such as business-related pandemic benefits (i.e. PPP loans), debt, mortgages and leases, employment, taxes, contracts and bankruptcy. Learn more + request assistance.
How to Volunteer for the Rapid Response Team
If you have questions or would like to volunteer to assist nonprofits, please email Katie Manter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the following individuals and businesses for sharing their time and knowledge to help make our Nonprofit Rapid Response Team possible:
Amy Grommes Pulaski, Grommes Pulaski Consulting
Ann Marie Bartoo, Corner Market Consulting
Annette Lease, Machias Savings Bank
Ben Ford, Verrill
Chris Linder, MaineStream Finance/Penquis
Doug Currier, Verrill
Eric Rolfson, Rolfson Group
Hilary Robbins, Hilary Robbins Consulting
Jack Moore, Harpswell Capital Advisors
Jody James, Twin City Financial Group
Leora Kirk, KMA Human Resources Consulting
Malcolm Poole, Poole Group of Companies
Necole Janczura, First National Wealth Management
Peter Lowe, Brann & Isaacson
Rebecca Swanson Conrad, RSC Consulting, LLC
Rob Levin, Law Office of Robert H. Levin
Sarah Glatt, Paper Crane Associates
Tara Hill, Town & Country Federal Credit Union
Tara Marquis, KMA Human Resources Consulting
Tawny Alvarez, Verrill
Thomas Shepard, shepard FINANCIAL
The Fine Print
Volunteer capacity is limited. MANP cannot guarantee that you will be matched with someone who can help. If MANP cannot match you with someone who can help, we may be able to direct you to resources that you can use yourself.
MANP shall not be liable for any damages arising from your use of the program, and MANP does not endorse any individual or company participating in this program. Before working with a volunteer, you should make your own determination that the volunteer is qualified to help you with your particular circumstances.