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Guiding Principles + Practices

Cover ImageThe nonprofit sector is continually challenged to be more transparent, efficient, and effective. The Guiding Principles + Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Maine tools help nonprofits to evaluate and improve all aspects of their organizational performance.

Structured around eleven categories of nonprofit management with clearly delineated legal requirements, these free tools provide a simple framework for reflection and action planning. They are revised regularly, in consultation with nonprofit and for-profit management consultants.

Principles + Practices Tools, 4th Edition (2012)

  • Guiding Principles + Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Maine
    Review the complete set of legally required and recommended best practices. A must-have reference for nonprofit leaders and board members. Now includes an easy reference index! Download the Guide (Also available in black and white.)
  • Basic Infrastructure Checklist
    A practical desktop companion reference tool, detailing requirements and recommended practices in an easy-to-use format. Download the Checklist (Also available in black and white.)
  • Organizational Self-Assessment Workbook (New in 2012!)
    Convene organization leaders to document how your organization’s practices compare with the guiding principles and practices and set action steps for improvement. Download the Workbook (Also available in black and white.)

Order a Hard Copy

All of these tools are free for you to download and print, but we will ship hard copies of the full Guide and the Basic Infrastructure Checklist at a cost of $10 per set for Members and $15 for NonMembers. Contact Debbie Atwood at 207-871-1885 or datwood@nonprofitmaine.org.


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