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5 Google Analytics Stats You Should be Tracking
Article/Blog
An article highlighting key google analytics statistics to track in order to assess website performance.
5 Tips for Nonprofit Collaborations
This article outlines issues to consider when entering into collaborations with other organizations.
501(h) Election
Independent Sector
Article/Blog
This article provides a good overview of the 501(h) election, which nonprofits can take in order to gain more clarity regarding allowable lobbying limits. An organization that wishes to make the 501(h) election needs to file Form 5768 with the IRS and it must be postmarked within the first taxable year to which it applies.
A Board Member’s Guide to Nonprofit Overhead
Blue Avocado
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
A helpful overview of key issues related to nonprofit overhead, including what counts as overhead, how different charity watchdogs report overhead, tips for allocating expenses appropriately so you don't over-represent your true overhead costs and more.
A Common Sense
Warren Cook and Bo Norris, with Jennifer Boes
Article/Blog
An article on the ways Maine thought leaders are working to drive widespread social, environmental and economic change through collaboration.
A Consumer’s Guide to Case Management Systems
Guide/Tool
This guide provides an overview and comparison of five widely-used case management systems, sometimes called client management systems.
Acceptable Use Policy
TechSoup
Article/Blog
This article reviews why it is important for an organization to have a policy outlining acceptable usage of its networks and technology resources, and includes a suggested lists of topics that should be covered.
Accounting Manual Template
California Association of Nonprofits, Blue Avocado
Sample/Template
A sample accounting policies and procedures manual designed for nonprofit organizations with an Executive Director/CEO, Operations Director/Finance Director and Bookkeeper involved with accounting processes.

 
Advancing Together: The Role of the Nonprofit Board in Successful Strategic Alliances
Stern International Consulting
Article/Blog
Based on a past MANP SkillBuilder, this document provides an overview of the collaboration continuum, the opportunities and challenges of alliances, and guidance about the role of the board in creating effective partnerships.
Advisory Councils and Committees
Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
Advisory councils, committees and boards can be a valuable way to gain a deeper understanding of stakeholder needs, and to expand capacity to accomplish targeted projects. Learn more about advisory boards, how they differ from boards of directors, questions to consider before starting an advisory group, and find a sample committee member invitation to help you get started.
Affordable Care Act and Nonprofits (ACA)
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
The following resources will help your nonprofit organization sort out how the Affordable Care Act affects the options for employee health insurance coverage, reporting requirements related to the ACA and more.
All About Boards of Directors
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
A compilation of advice, articles, tools, templates, guides, and legal information for boards.
All About Human Resources
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
A compilation of advice, information, templates and toolkits on all aspects of human resources management.
All Hands on Board – The Board of Directors in an All-Volunteer Organization
BoardSource
Guide/Tool
This handbook explains the two types of responsibilities that all-volunteer organization boards have and provides a checklist that helps assess the work of the board. Helpful for sports leagues, neighborhood associations, clubs, event organizing groups, "friends of" groups, service clubs and more.
Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Organization/Agency
Nonprofit management support organization providing consultant/service provider database, event calendar, job board, resource center, and FAQ.
American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service
Organization/Agency
A national source for resources and assistance to support, facilitate, and expand the delivery of pro bono legal assistance.
American Evaluation Association
Organization/Agency
Resources provided by this organization include professional evaluation information, external evaluator directory and the Principles for Evaluators.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Organization/Agency
Financial management support institute and the umbrella organization for the Maine Institute providing resources including legal information, rules, effective practices and a "nonprofit toolkit" for Boards and, in particular, their financial and audit committees.
Annual Report – Maine Nonprofit Corporations
Maine.gov
Guide/Tool
Nonprofits incorporated in Maine are required to file an annual report with the Secretary of State's office. This web page provides more details, including forms and filing fees.
Annual Reports
Guide/Tool
An annual report can be a valuable tool for communicating with stakeholders and showcasing outcomes. In recent years many nonprofits have been experimenting with alternatives to traditional printed annual reports. The following resources provide more information about the purpose of annual reports, sample annual reports, and tips for developing the most compelling resource for your organization.
Appealing a Late Filing Penalty
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
Nonprofits that fail to file their annual return with the IRS (Form 990, etc.) are subject to penalties and fees.
Assessing Community Needs Toolkit
Community Toolbox
Guide/Tool
Extensive toolkit on assessing community need and developing collaboration.
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Organization/Agency
Fundraising support organization and the best source for legal and ethical fundraising information which provides resources including guides, articles, job board, publications, discussion boards and consultant directory.
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Management (ALIVE)
Organization/Agency
ALIVE began as the Congress of Volunteer Administrators Associations (COVAA), which formed as a result of a historical convening of official representatives of existing associations of volunteer program managers. It is an effort to bring together existing local, regional and national organizations of volunteerism leaders to form a new national organization.
Auctions: Compliance Guide + Sample Forms
Blue Avocado
Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
A thorough overview from Blue Avocado of issues to consider when planning an auction, including charitable solicitation rules, risk and insurance issues, tax and reporting considerations, and donor acknowledgements.
Avoiding the Spam Filter: Email Marketing Best Practices
Sumac Nonprofit Software
Article/Blog
Make sure your organization's messages are getting seen by following these best practices for email marketing.
Background Checks and Screening Procedures
Guide/Tool
Information to help nonprofits manage risk through the development of appropriate (and legal) policies and procedures related to screening new staff and volunteers, including the topics of interviewing, background checks, and sample forms.
Backup Strategy
TechSoup
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
Tools and strategies for protecting your organization against data loss.
Balance Sheets
Nonprofits Assistance Fund
Article/Blog
These resources provides a good overview of a balance sheet - also called the Statement of Financial Position - and outlines six key measures useful to all types of nonprofits
Ballot Question Committees
Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics + Election Practices
Guide/Tool
Nonprofits advocating for or against ballot questions are typically considered Ballot Question Committees. The Commission on Government Ethics + Election Practices offers this reporting and compliance guidance to organizations participating in ballot question campaigns.
Basics in Organizational Internal Communications
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
A compilation of resources to help oraganizations develop strong internal communications policies and procedures, including those between supervisors and employees.
Best Practices of Email List Management
Article/Blog
Adding and growing your email list is an important tool in your communications and outreach, but the laws around your marketing efforts can be unclear. These resources will help you understand the CAN-SPAM Act and what it means for your organization.
Beth’s Blog
Beth Kanter
Article/Blog
This highly regarded blog focuses on how nonprofits can use social media.
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
Organization/Agency
Provides widely accepted accountability standards and an accompanying implementation guide, as well as reports resulting from donor inquiries.
Beyond Cash: A Guide for How Nonprofit Boards Can Tap Pro Bono and In-kind Resources.
BoardSource
Guide/Tool
A user-friendly guide with how-tos for CEOs, board members and potential members on making the most of in-kind and pro bono resources.
Beyond Financial Oversight: Expanding the Board’s Role in the Pursuit of Sustainability
Nonprofit Quarterly
Article/Blog
This article examines the role of the board of directors in establishing organizational sustainability.
Blue Avocado
Article/Blog
The online magazine of American Nonprofits with articles and opinions on nonprofit governance and leadership. Subscribe for free to receive the magazine by email.
Board Committees
Guide/Tool
A compilation of resources on forming and managing board committees, including standing committees and ad hoc committees.
Board Culture
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
The culture of your board has a big impact on your board effectiveness in advancing the organization's mission.  These articles and guides will help you identify ways to shape and nurture a positive board culture that is strengths-based, inclusive, and drives outcomes.
Board Meetings, Retreats + Minutes
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
Resources to help you have legal, effective board meetings. Learn about Robert's Rules of Order, read MANP's white papers on meeting minutes and disclosure, and find a wide variety of resources to set and manage agendas and ensure rich conversation.
Board Member and Officer Job Descriptions
Bridgespan Group
Sample/Template
These resources provide a brief summary of the basic responsibilities of each officer of a nonprofit board, as well as  template you can use to create a board member job description for your organization.
Board Mentoring
Various
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
Mentoring can be a valuable component of integrating new members to your board.
Board Portals and Online Collaboration Tools
Idealware
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
This guide provides a great overview of reasons boards consider portals and other online collaboration tools, as well as a summary of pros, cons and costs of various file sharing tools (such as dropbox and and google drive), project management tools (such as Basecamp or Central Desktop), and dedicated board portals (such as BoardPaq) that organizations may consider.
Board/CEO Relationship
Article/Blog
The relationship between an organization's CEO and its board is critical to the success of the organization's mission. These articles outline common tensions between a nonprofit board and Executive Director, their potential root causes, characteristics of a trusting relationship, and steps to take to create an effective partnership.
BoardCafe E-Newsletter
Blue Avocado
Newsletter
E-newsletter with ideas, information, opinion, news, and resources to help nonprofit board members.
BoardNetUSA
Organization/Agency
Board of directors recruitment and placement website.
Boards and Financial Management
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Article/Blog
Learn about the financial responsibilities of a nonprofit board.
Boards That Love Fundraising: Specific Responsibilities
Zimmerman Lehman
Article/Blog
Strategies for involving board in resource and fund development activities.
BoardSource
Organization/Agency
Board of directors support organization recognized nationally as the central source for nonprofit boards and board development, wich provides resources including faqs, articles, advice, e-newsletter, links, tools, personal email responses, consulting, and training.
Bolder Advocacy
Organization/Agency
An initiative of Alliance for Justice, Bolder Advocacy advances and protects the role of nonprofits in influencing public policy. The site includes tools for effective advocacy and community organizing, a search, a blog, free action and news alerts, workshops, free technical assistance from experts and more.
Brand Management
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
These resources will help you better understand the concept of brand, and how to approach a rebranding process.
Bringing on a New Executive Director
This guide provides a look at the process of successfully orienting your organization's new leader, an often overlooked part of the executive transitions process.
Building A Strategic Framework: Mission, Vision, and Values
Article/Blog
A clear mission and vision is the foundation for any nonprofit's work. These resources define the difference between mission, vision and values statements and provide suggestions for developing clear guiding principles for your organization's work.
Building Your Advocacy Capacity
Guide/Tool
These resources outline steps a nonprofit can take to gradually build advocacy capacity. The activities are listed in an order designed to help organizations and their staff persons who may be new to public policy develop the capacity to take action and gradually increase their impact.
Business Planning
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
The business planning process takes into account the nonprofit’s mission and vision, the role of the board, and external environmental factors, such as the climate for fundraising. These resources provide a great overview of business planning for nonprofits, including business plan outlines and sample business plans.
Can a Nonprofit Compensate its Board Members?
About.com
Article/Blog
An answer to the common question of whether or not nonprofits may pay board members.
Can Your Organization Handle Feedback?
Bridgespan
Article/Blog
This article outlines key components of developing an organizational culture that encourages constructive feedback to improve staff and organizational performance.
Care2’s Digital Engagement Blog
Care2
Article/Blog
Care2's nonprofit marketing blog - subscribe for monthly email alerts or by RSS
Center for Effective Government
Organization/Agency
Nonprofit government watchdog organization originally founded to oversee the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but oversees much more now, including nonprofit-related operations. Resources include: e-newsletters, lots of information and news, and links to subsidiary organizations.
Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest
Organization/Agency
Nonprofit advocacy and lobbying support organization which provides resources including tutorials, FAQ, publications, links, and resource center.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Organization/Agency
Policy support organization working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
Change Management
TCC Group
Article/Blog
This paper examines The Core Capacity Model, The Organizational Lifecycle Model, leadership capacity and using data in change management.
Changing Your Organization’s Address
If your nonprofit organization changes its address you'll need to notify both the Secretary of State's office (if you are incorporated in Maine) and the IRS.
Charity Channel
Organization/Agency
Online community of nonprofit sector professionals throughout the world. It is the oldest and largest online community of nonprofit professionals. Resources include: connection creation, articles and links.
Charting Impact
Independent Sector
Article/Blog, Assessment, Guide/Tool, Research/Report, Sample/Template
Designed around five simple questions, Charting Impact is a common framework designed to help staff, boards, stakeholders, donors, volunteers, and others to work together, learn from each other and serve the community better. It complements planning, evaluation, and assessment that organizations already undertake, and can be used by nonprofits and foundations of all sizes and missions.  Tools, resources, and webinars are available to support organizations in thinking strategically about each of the questions.
Checklist for Developing an Evaluation Budget
Evaluation Center
Guide/Tool
A guide to help nonprofits budget appropriately for evaluation activities.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Periodical
National newspaper connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs and ideas.
Classification Conundrum: Avoiding Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Errors
Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Article/Blog
A helpful article demystifying the issue of worker classification, and helping nonprofits avoid costly mistakes related to exempt vs. non-exempt classification.
CMSs: Content Management Systems
Guide/Tool
A CMS is a software package that lets you build a website that can be quickly and easily updated by your non-technical staff members. These reports look at popular available Content Management Systems to help nonprofits looking to replace an existing Content Management System, or implement one for the first time, in making an informed choice.
Code of Ethical Online Philanthropic Practices
ePhilanthropy
Guide/Tool
This resource outlines ethical practices related to online fundraising.
Code of Ethics
Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
Many nonprofits and foundations develop a statement of values and code of ethics to help guide their policies, decision making and operations. The process of developing values and a code of ethics can prompt rich conversation. The following resource provide a suggested process as well as samples from other organizations that can be used as a starting point.
Collaboration Assessment Checklist
Journal of Extension
Assessment
This self-evaluation tool examines thirteen factors that can influence the collaborative process. This free checklist can provide group members with an understanding of the strengths and challenges they face as they work to reach their goals.
Collaboration Hub
Foundation Center
Guide/Tool
Find resources on ways that nonprofits can collaborate to achieve their missions, such as through mergers, joint programming, and other forms of collaboration
Collective Impact
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Article/Blog
An in-depth article on collective impact, including the conditions necessary for success, and links to related to articles.
Commenting on Candidates and Campaigns
Bolder Advocacy
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
Candidates for public office sometimes say things that are incorrect, or with which nonprofits disagree, and nonprofits may wish to set the record straight. While 501(c)(3) organizations may continue to engage in education and advocacy to promote their issues during the election season, they are strictly prohibited from supporting or opposing candidates for public office. So how can 501(c)(3) organizations respond to candidates or political parties and remain nonpartisan? This guide will help you stay legal.
Communications Assessment
Spitfire
Assessment
Spitfire developed the SmartScan as a free online tool to help nonprofits assess where they are poised to be communication powerhouses and where they have room to improve. Users answer a series of questions about their organization’s current practices and receive a tailored report detailing where they can focus attention to improve their communication.
Community Associations Institute
Organization/Agency
This is a national organization that supports community associations including nonprofits like homeowners associations, road associations and condo associations. While these kinds of associations share many things in common with charitable nonprofits, this organization is able to provide resources more targeted to these types of associations. Resources and tools include governance guidelines, information on disaster preparedness and recovery, and a "reading room" with articles on topics such as insurance and risk management, governance, homeowner resources, maintenance, meetings and more.
Community Collaboratives Toolbox
Assessment, Guide/Tool
This toolbox is based on extensive research of  cross-sector collaborations and communities that demonstrated needle-moving (+10%) change on a community-wide metric. This resource for local officials, nonprofit leaders, and other community leaders includes a detailed guide of key activities and resources for each stage of a collaborative's life cycle, as well as an assessment module to better understand whether a collaborative is prepared to move to the next stage. There are also tools on how to structure collaboratives most effectively and how to best generate meaningful community participation.
Community Toolbox
Organization/Agency
Planning and management support organization providing in-depth instruction, examples, checklists, and various resources on over 250 topics.
Competencies for Managers of Volunteers
Maine Commission for Community Service
Guide/Tool
These tools outline the personal and professional skills of those who manage volunteers, including skills related to managing one's own work, supervising others, managing projects and providing leadership, and provides a framework for assessing competencies and moving along the continuum from novice to expert.
Congress.org
Organization/Agency
A nonpartisan news and information website dedicated to encouraging civic participation. Provides daily coverage of the public policy issues being discussed by lawmakers. Includes resources and tools on communicating with lawmakers, the legislative process, and a free weekly newsletter, among other resources.
Connected Citizens: The Power, Peril and Potential of Networks
#netcitizens, Monitor Institute, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Article/Blog
This essay highlights groups that are creatively connecting citizens who are making a difference , explores how technology might impact public participation and leadership in the future, and  considers the role philanthropy can play in harnessing network-centric practices.
Connecting Clients to Power: How Service Providers Can Mobilize Clients for Advocacy
NPAction.org
Research/Report
The Oregon Food Bank found a powerful resource to make their advocacy against hunger more effective: their clients! This how-to manual details their approach.
Consent Agendas
Guide/Tool
A consent agenda is a strategy for improving board meeting efficiency, shifting time spent away from rote administrative work and freeing up time for rich and valuable conversation. The board chair would group several items together on the agenda and vote on them as a single entity rather than having separate discussions and votes. The following resources will help you use consent agendas effectively.
Cost Allocation: Understanding True Costs
Guide/Tool, Video/Tutorial
Sound nonprofit finance means determining, accounting for and allocating costs properly. These resources will help you understand true program costs, including identifying direct costs, allocating shared costs, and calculating and allocating administrative and fundraising costs.
Creating a Culture of Fundraising in Your Organization
Grassroots Fundraising Journal
Article/Blog
10 tips for creating a fundraising culture.
Creative Ways to Solicit Youth Input
Public Profit
Guide/Tool
This guide provides step-by-step instructions to implement a variety of youth input activities.
Crisis Communications
Sample/Template
A compilation of resources to help you develop a crisis communications plan including samples, strategies, checklist, and tips.
Crowdfunding for Nonprofits
Guide/Tool
Crowdfunding can be a valuable tool for nonprofits, but there are important factors to consider before launching a peer-to-peer online fundraiser, from choosing the right tool to legal requirements related to charitable solicitation.
Dashboards
Article/Blog, Sample/Template
A dashboard is a tool for visualizing data. Some dashboards show performance over time while others provide a snapshot of  a particular aspect of a business. An effective dashboard illustrates rather than tells the audience about areas that need attention or action. There are diverse applications of and approaches to dashboards, and the following articles provide helpful tips and samples.
Ditch Your Board Composition Matrix
Blue Avocado
Article/Blog
An alternative perspective on the popular board composition matrix as a tool to assess board needs and develop recruitment strategies.
Documentation 101 – Preparing for an Unemployment Hearing
KMA Human Resources Consulting
Guide/Tool
When a past employee applies for unemployment benefits, an organization has the opportunity to contest the claim, which will sometimes lead to a hearing. This document outlines best practices for preparing for an unemployment hearing, including standards of documentation your nonprofit should have in place as general good practice.
Don’t be Bedeviled by These Fundraising Mistakes
Guidestar
Article/Blog
Learn about common fundraising mistakes and how to avoid them.
Donor Direction: How Much is Too Much?
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Article/Blog
This article provides guidance on how to avoid undue donor influence.
Donor Management Software
Article/Blog
These articles will help you assess the donor management software options available to you, and navigate discounted options through TechSoup.
Donor Stewardship + Retention
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
Relationship-building is a critical element of fundraising. How do you not just attract donors, but build that relationship over time, ensuring that they continue to support your mission? This collection of articles provides suggestions on how to bring a philosophy of donor stewardship to your fundraising efforts.
Effective Project Management: 3 Critical Activities
NTEN
Article/Blog
Some simple suggestions for anyone embarking on planning and managing a project for the first time.
Election Year Guidance for 501(c)(4) Organizations
Guide/Tool
501(c)(4) organizations have fewer tax law restrictions than 501(c)(3) organizations with regard to political activity. Provided supporting or opposing candidates is not their primary activity, 501(c)(4)s can participate in political (or campaign intervention) activities under federal tax law. However, 501(c)(4)s must also be aware of their obligations under federal and state election law. The following resources will help your organization follow the law.
Elevator Speech: 4 Easy Steps to Promoting Your Organization
Sample/Template
This tool provides a simple format to help everyone in your organization create their own elevator speech to promote your organization.
Emerging Partnerships: New Ways for a New World
Peter Drucker Foundation
Article/Blog
A summary of key points and questions from the Drucker Foundation Emergin.
Employee Benefits
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
A compilation of resources about employee compensation and benefits.
Employee File Set-Up
Sample/Template
These resources provide guidance about what documents should be included in (and excluded from) personnel files, what paperwork, such as health records, should be filed separately, where to store files, and how long to keep employee records.
Employee Handbooks
Sample/Template
An employee handbook is an essential tool.  The following guides and samples can help your nonprofit develop its own personnel policies and procedures manuals.
Employee Job Descriptions
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
A compilation of resources about designing a new job or position, including how to write job descriptions, and links to sample job descriptions.
Employee Performance Evaluation
Article/Blog, Sample/Template
Performance evaluation is an essential component of managing staff and building the capacity of future leaders. The following resources provide advice, samples and tools to help nonprofits conduct effective annual reviews.
Endowments
Guidestar, Chronicle of Philanthropy
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
Is your organization considering creating an endowment? Endowments are one way to create sustainability for your organization to continue its mission, but are not the right fit for everyone. These articles outline common myths, and provide suggestions organizations should consider when creating and managing endowments.
eNonprofit Benchmarks Study
NTEN, M+R Strategic Services
Research/Report
An annually produced analysis of online messaging, fundraising, advocacy, social media and mobile metrics for nonprofit organizations.
Evaluating Advocacy
National Council of Nonprofits
A comprehensive list of resources and tools to help nonprofits evaluate the effectiveness of their advocacy efforts.
Evaluating the Chief Executive
Free Management Library, Blue Avocado, First Nonprofit
Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
These links include a wealth of suggestions and sample tools for conducting performance evaluations for and executive director or CEO.
Evaluation Activities in Organizations
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
A compilation of information, links and tools about evaluation strategies and activities.
Evaluation Handbook
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Guide/Tool
This handbook provides a framework for thinking about evaluation as a relevant and useful program tool.
Evaluation Terminology
Community Giving
Article/Blog
A helpful glossary of terms related to evaluation and measurement.
Executive Compensation
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
An essential part of good governance is a process for setting executive compensation that will stand up to public and IRS scrutiny. These resources provide information on how to set reasonable and competitive compensation for your executive director.
Executive Director Contracts
Chronicle of Philanthropy
These resources include a model employment agreement for a nonprofit executive director, articles on negotiating contracts and key legal elements of contracts, and an article on how contracts can support effective succession planning conversations.
Exempt Organizations Update
IRS
Newsletter
Periodic newsletter with information for tax-exempt organizations and tax practitioners - attorneys, accountants, and others - who represent them.
Exit Agreements for Nonprofit CEOs
Nonprofit Quarterly
Article/Blog
This resource provides nonprofit boards with a framework to decide whether an exit agreement for the departing executive director is needed and, if so, what might be included. The article outlines different types of agreements, case examples, and risk management factors.
Expense Reimbursement Policy
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Sample/Template
Form 990 asks organizations to indicate whether they have adopted an expense reimbursement policy. While this policy is not required, it is recommended and the IRS may increase their scrutiny of returns from organizations that have not adopted recommended policies. This sample provides a basis from which nonprofits can create their own policy, and is not intended for verbatim use without careful review.
External Communications Standards
Food Alliance
Sample/Template
A sample of a policy outlining standards for public messaging.
FAQs for Tax Exempt Organizations
IRS
Guide/Tool
Comprehensive answers to frequently asked questions regarding tax exemption and everything related.
Federal Employment Taxes
IRS
Guide/Tool
Nonprofit tax-exempt organizations – even those operated by volunteers – must be aware of employment tax issues. Exempt organizations normally withhold and pay employment taxes under the same rules as other entities. This guide provides an overview of the employment tax issues nonprofits need to be aware of.
Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Guide/Tool
Find laws, regulations and policy guidance, fact sheets, Q&As, best practices, and other information about equal employment.
Federal HR Compliance Chart
Guide/Tool
This chart provides a basic summary of some of the most common federal laws affecting employers. Many, though not all, of the coverage requirements are based upon employer size. Employers should also check state statutes to ensure compliance in the jurisdiction(s) where the company operates. MANP's Guiding Principles + Practices tools provide more information about requirements in Maine.
Federal HR Record Retention Requirements
KMA Human Resources Consulting
Guide/Tool
This guide outlines the federal document retention requirements related to employee paperwork.
Federal Register
Organization/Agency
The Federal Register provides access to the official text of federal laws, presidential documents, and administrative regulations and notices.
FedSpending.org
OMB Watch
Guide/Tool
Searchable database of government spending created by OMB Watch. Search by grants or contracts.
Financial Leadership
Nonprofit Assistance Fund
Guide/Tool
There is a world of difference between financial management and financial leadership, and refocusing your approach from fiscal management to fiscal sustainability gets you there. Outlined in this guide are such essential steps as: transforming your annual budget analysis; deciding whether or not income diversification is the way to go; achieving a robust reserve; and equipping your board for effective financial governance.
Financial Policies and Procedures Handbook
Nonprofit Financial Center
Sample/Template
An example of all types of financial policies and procedures.
Financial Self-Assessment
Nonprofits Assistance Fund
Assessment
Nonprofit financial health is not a matter of endowment balances or grant size. Even nonprofits with large budgets must manage their resources to provide services effectively and to remain accountable to the public. Use this checklist to assess your organization's financial management practices and identify areas for improvement.
Finding and Managing Consultants and Vendors
Guide/Tool
The following resources will help you find and manage consultants and vendors, whether for a defined project, or ongoing support. If you need a referral for support on fundraising, strategic planning, legal issues, accounting issues, meeting facilitation, technology, or any other outside support, start here. (Many of the consultants and vendors in MANP's Yellow Pages offer nonprofit rates.)
Fired Up Fundraising
Gail Perry
Guide/Tool
Find free fundraising tools, sign up for free weekly tips by email, access webinars, and find many blog posts and articles about engaging your board in fundraising.
Forming a Maine Nonprofit Corporation
Maine Secretary of State
Guide/Tool
Information from the Maine Secretary of State's office about forming a corporation in Maine.
Foundation Center
Organization/Agency
Foundation directory and fundraising management support organization providing resources such as a foundation directory, knowledge center, and newsletters.
Framing Public Issues
Frameworks Institute
Guide/Tool
A toolkit to help nonprofits frame messaging strategically.
Fund Development Planning
Nonprofit Quarterly
Article/Blog
These articles outline a fund development planning process and what to include in a fund development plan.
Funding Them to Fish: The Case for Supporting the Earned Income Activities of Nonprofits
Social Enterprise Alliance
Article/Blog
Arguments for the merits of nonprofit earned income strategies, as well as an overview of key terms related to social enterprise.
Fundraising Appeal Speech Template
Alyson Ball, BoardsThatExcel.com
Sample/Template
A tool to help board members prepare for fundraising appeals and presentations.
Getting Started with Data-Driven Decision Making
Idealware
A free workbook that will help you identify what you want to measure and why, what metrics to use, how to communicate the results throughout your organization, and how to use data to plan.
Gift Acceptance Policies
Article/Blog, Sample/Template
Form 990 asks organizations to indicate whether they have adopted a gift acceptance policy, and while it is not required, the IRS may increase their scrutiny of returns from organizations that have not adopted recommended policies. These resources provide a thorough overview of the importance of gift acceptance policies, what to consider when drafting one, and sample policies for organizations to use as a starting point.
Giving Days
Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
These resources provide information about different models for these types of fundraising events, as well as practical advice, examples and ready-to-use tools such as checklists and templates to help nonprofit organizations host their own one day fundraiser or "giving day", including ways to provide giving incentives such as prizes and games.  Resources include planning, marketing and outreach, implementation and evaluation.
Glossary of Financial Terms
Nonprofit Finance Fund
Guide/Tool
A helpful quick reference page of financial terms.
Governance Models: What’s Right for Your Board?
Article/Blog
This article outlines common models of board governance, and key questions to help you organization determine which model is appropriate.
GrantCraft
Organization/Agency
Support organization created by the Ford Foundation providing resources to both grantmakers and grantseekers including guides, case studies, videos, and tools.
Grants Management Systems
Idealware
Guide/Tool
Even relatively small grants programs can involve tracking dozens of applications, reviewers, requirements, and payments. Grants management software can save grantmakers time, making their processes more effective and transparent and transforming the way they do business. How do you choose the right system for your needs? This report is a good place to start—reviewing 29 different systems and comparing them against nearly 200 requirements criteria. First published in 2008 and updated in 2-16 with new systems and criteria to better help you find the right solution to your grantmaking needs.
Grants.gov
Guide/Tool
Federal government grants directory and application website.
Grantsmanship Center
Organization/Agency
Grantseeker support organization providing resources such as an extensive list of publications for grant writers and nonprofit managers, funder listings, and periodic trainings.
GrantStation
Organization/Agency
Grantseeker support organization providing resources such as weekly feature article, searchable database of grantmakers, and good membership benefits (e.g. grantseeker's toolkit). MANP members can access a GrantStation membership at a significant discount!
Grievance Procedures and Internal Dispute Resolution
Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Article/Blog
Practical tips for handling grievances and resolving disputes.
Group Power! Or Group Problems? Making Coalitions Work for You
M+R Research Labs
Article/Blog
Best practices for building effective coalitions.
Guide to Leadership and Supervision
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
A compilation of resources about management and supervision, including hiring, setting goals, defining roles, teambuilding, goal setting, performance evaluation, giving feedback, addressing performance problems, personnel policies and more.
Guidelines for the Operation of a Raffle
University of Maine System
Guide/Tool
Before considering a raffle as a fundraiser, be sure you are familiar with the associated legal requirements and restrictions.
GuideStar
Organization/Agency
National database of nonprofit organizations with detailed organization information and IRS form 990. Post your nonprofit mission and achievements to increase your visibility. Make connections with other nonprofits.
How Small Nonprofits Can Improve Their Fiscal Health
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Article/Blog
An article providing financial management suggestions for staff and board members of small organizations (under $1 million).
How to Do Planning
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
A compilation of resources, tips and templates to support planning.
How to Find Your Campaign’s Pathways of Influence
An interesting five step guide to finding ways to maximize your campaign's influence through your relationships and connections.
How to Handle Your Nonprofit’s Technology When Staff Members Leave
Article/Blog, Sample/Template
This article outlines potential problems related to technology that can arise during a staff transition, as well as steps your nonprofit can take to handle transitions well while maintaining system and data integrity and access. Plus, a worksheet to help your nonprofit keep track of your technology.
How to Organize Alliances of Multiple Organizations
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Article/Blog
This article identifies seven elements shared by highly effective multi-organization alliances.
How to Remove a Board Member
Article/Blog
There are times when a board member becomes destructive or demoralizing to the mission of the organization and the rest of the board needs to make a decision about removing one board member for the good of the whole. This article provides good guidance as to when this might be appropriate, and some approaches to consider.
HR-Guide
Organization/Agency
Human resources support website with executive search link, online policies and procedures, employee handbooks and job descriptions, definitions of HR terms, and thorough evaluations of HR software.
HR.BLR
Organization/Agency
Human resources support website with resources including an e-newsletter, policies and procedures, checklists, handbooks and job descriptions. Note: not all information is free, but there is free content.
Idealist
Organization/Agency
Nonprofit management support organization with resources including an extensive frequently asked question section, resource library, nonprofit and organization listings, volunteer opportunities, career center, job boards, career fairs and customized informational emails.
Idealware
Organization/Agency
A nonprofit themselves, Idealware provides thoroughly researched, impartial and accessible resources about software to help nonprofits make smart software decisions.
Independent Sector
Organization/Agency
Advocacy coalition providing resources including up-to-date news and information, and great publications.
Influencing Public Policy in the Digital Age
Alliance for Justice
Guide/Tool
This publication addresses the many questions nonprofit organizations have about advocacy in the new environment of digital communication. This document provides guidance on how nonprofit advocates can stay within the law and also use new technology to enhance their participation in the democractic process.
Innovation Network/Point K
Organization/Agency
Nonprofit evaluation and assessment support organization providing resources such as assessment and planning tools, consultation, articles, advice, personalized information, newsletter, and training.
Interim Executive Directors
Article/Blog, Research/Report
These resources give nonprofit boards insight into the benefits of an Interim CEO. Learn about what an interim executive director does and doesn't do, and read case studies of nonprofits that have used interim CEOs during leadership transitions.
Interviewing with the Law in Mind
KMA Human Resources Consulting
Guide/Tool
Learn about the legal considerations related to interviewing prospective employees, and how to make sure your interview processes and questions are in compliance with the law. This guide includes sample interview questions.
Investment Policies
Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
The board of directors of a nonprofit has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the assets of the nonprofit and to use those assets to further the nonprofit’s mission. One way to do so may be to invest the nonprofit’s cash in investment vehicles, such as stocks and bonds, and other financial investments, that can grow the nonprofit’s assets.

Before your nonprofit invests in the stock market, develop a sound approach to investing assets by: defining the nonprofit’s objectives for investing, identifying the nonprofit’s risk tolerance, and adopting an investment policy.

Find guidance and sample policies in the following resources.
IRS Charity Search
IRS
Guide/Tool
A tool that allows anyone to search for tax-exempt organizations and look up information about their federal tax status and filings, including whether an organization has had their tax-exempt status revoked.
IRS Publication 1771: Charitable Contributions Substantiation & Disclosure Requirements
IRS
Guide/Tool
This guide explains the federal tax law for charities that receive tax-deductible charitable contirbutions and for taxpayers who make contributions. The guide includes includes the rules pertaining to, and helpful examples of, quid pro quo donations.
IRS Publication 557: Tax Exempt Status for Your Organization
IRS
Guide/Tool
Detailed guide with information on most types of tax exemption, including rules and restrictions related to fundraising and lobbying.
IRS Publication 561: Determining Value of Donated Property
IRS
Guide/Tool
This IRS publication outlines how to determine the value of various kinds of donated property for the purposes of determining tax deductions.
Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog
Nonprofit Marketing Guide
Article/Blog
Excellent blog with tips, ideas and advice in nonprofit communications, publications, marketing, PR and social media. Kivi also offers a free e-newsletter and fee webinars.
Legal Considerations for Corporate Partnerships
Nonprofit Quarterly
Article/Blog
A good overview of issues to consider before forming a partnership with a corporation, including whether the partnership would trigger UBIT (Unrelated Business Income Tax) liability or jeopardize your tax exempt status.
Liability Insurance
Article/Blog
These articles provide a helpful overview of the different types and terms used when discussing liability insurance, including general liability, workers compensation, professional liability, directors and officers (D&O) coverage, limited coverage and umbrella coverage.
Lisa Simpson for Nonprofits: What Science Can Teach You About Fundraising, Marketing and Making Social Change
Network for Good, SeaChange Strategies
Guide/Tool
A thought-provoking and accessible publication to help you increase the impact of your fundraising and marketing efforts.
Logic Models
Guide/Tool
The following resources explain the concept of a logic model and how to use this tool to enhance program planning, implementation, and dissemination activities.
Maine Commission for Community Service
Organization/Agency
The Commission builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer and service communities by funding programs and providing professional development training and resources for volunteer managers and service-learning practitioners.
Maine Conservation Corps
Organization/Agency
A resource for those seeking opportunities to volunteer in Maine. The Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) is devoted to conservation and environmental education across the state, with positions available throughout the year.
Maine Department of Labor
Organization/Agency
Services to Maine workers, employers, and job seekers including legal information, labor statistics, workforce development resources, and a job board.
Maine Employee Rights Guide
Maine Department of Labor
Guide/Tool
This guide outlines employee rights related to hiring and firing, benefits and compensation, overtime, privacy, workers' compensation, safety, underage workers, and more. Employers should familiarize themselves with their employees' labor rights.
Maine Planned Giving Council
Organization/Agency
The Maine Planned Giving Council (MPGC) is a statewide, independent, public charity created to encourage charitable giving in Maine through planned giving. The organization offers events & webinars, suggested resources, and information on ethics & standards.
Maine Revenue Services
Organization/Agency
Information on Maine taxes and exemptions, including sales tax and property tax.
Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants
Organization/Agency
CPA directory and financial management support organization which provides resources such as news, articles, newsletters, and career help.
Maine State Legislature
Organization/Agency
Homepage of the state legislature, including information on all representatives and officers, legislative council, publications, bills, statutes, and the Constitution.
Maine Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act
State of Maine
Statute
As outlined in our Guiding Principles + Practices, nonprofits have a legal and ethical obligation to expend grant and donor funds responsibly (including those managed through an endowment) and to ensure that funds are dispensed according to the funders’ wishes and requirements, in accordance with the Maine Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act.
Maine’s Unemployment Tax
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool, Organization/Agency
Maine nonprofit employers are liable for unemployment claims, unless they meet certain exemption requirements. The Maine Department of Labor's website has forms, frequently asked questions, and an employer's guide to unemployment laws. 501(c)(3) organizations are exclusively eligible to opt out of the state unemployment tax system, and MANP partner Unemployment Services Trust (UST) provides a nonprofit owned alternative.
Making the Choice Between For Profit and Nonprofit
Nonprofit Quarterly
Article/Blog
This article provides an interesting case study of the decision-making process new organizations must go through when choosing whether to incorporate as a for profit or nonprofit. The article includes a summary of the key differences related to ownership, transparency and profit. The article is based on a 2 part series by the New York Times.
Managing Human Resources Risk
Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
This HR Risk issue of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center newsletter has excellent articles on managing risk through organization culture and strong (and legal) screening and interview processes.
Managing Restricted Funds
Nonprofits Assistance Fund
Article/Blog
This resource article defines unrestricted, temporarily restricted, and permanently restricted income and gives nonprofit leaders guidance on how to record, report, and effectively manage contributed income and net assets.
MelissaData Nonprofit Lookups
Guide/Tool
Nonprofit lookups hosted by Melissa Data lookups, a directory of information in a wide variety of categories. See 'lookups' tab for complete listings.
Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs)
Article/Blog, Sample/Template
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines expectations and agreements for a formal partnership. These resources will help you with the process of vetting partnerships and crafting a clear agreement.
Mobile Device Management
Article/Blog
In an increasingly mobile world, nonprofits need to put in place policies that consider both flexibility for employees, and data security. The following resources will help your organization address the use of mobile devices.
National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO)
Organization/Agency
Association of state offices charged with oversight of charitable organizations in the United States. Federal and state-specific information available on this site.
National Center for Charitable Statistics
Organization/Agency, Research/Report
A national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States, including access to specific organizations' Form 990 data, and information on filing the 990.
National Network for Collaboration
Organization/Agency
Collaboration and alliances support organization which provides links, guides, and other resources.
Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives
Bridgespan
Research/Report
This report outlines the common characteristics of community collaboratives that are creating measurable change as identified and analyzed by the White House Council for Community Solutions.
Network for Good
Organization/Agency
Fundraising support organization that aims to increase fundraising effectiveness through technology. Resources include: online fundraising tools and strategies, technology frequently asked questions, and volunteer recruitment assistance.
New Hire Report
State of Maine DHHS, Office of Family Independence
Organizations must report new hires to the Maine Child Support: Division of Support Enforcement & Recovery (DSER) within 7 days of the date of hire. This resource outlines how to submit the report and links to frequently asked questions about the process.
Nine Keys for Reinvigorating Board Leadership
Paul Connolly, TCC Group
Article/Blog
Tips to help you keep your board of directors engaged with your organization and energized by their board service.
Nonprofit Assistance Fund
Organization/Agency
This organization offers webinars (including on-demand videos), has a great Resource Library with financial management tools, template, and articles to help you in your work, and has a free e-newsletter.
Nonprofit Board Basics Online
CompassPoint
Video/Tutorial
A free online training tool designed to help people who want to volunteer in their communities and learn more about becoming a member of a nonprofit board. Users can attend interactive sessions about board service, talk with animated characters, and watch short videos of others talking about their nonprofit board experiences. The site also offers a short self assessment about board service.
Nonprofit Bylaws
Article/Blog, Sample/Template
Bylaws outline the rules of internal operation for a Board of Directors, and because regulations are state-specific, there is quite a bit of variation. These articles provide information about nonprofit bylaws, links to sample bylaws, and a checklist of what your bylaws should include.
Nonprofit Earned Income Strategies: Where to Start
Social Enterprise Associates
Guide/Tool
This guide outlines a process for assessing whether earned income is an appropriate strategy for your nonprofit and how to get started.
Nonprofit Financial Management
The Wallace Foundation
Organization/Agency
This website has a broad range of resources to support nonprofits in developing strong nonprofit management practices, including tools for budgeting, planning for growth, planning for uncertainty, calculating the cost of programs, projecting cash flow, understanding and interpreting financial reports, managing government contracts, strengthening internal controls and efficiencies, and much more.
Nonprofit Gaming Licenses
Maine State Police
Guide/Tool
Information from the Maine State Police about the legal requirements and restrictions for raffles and games of chance, which are popular formats for fundraisers. Familiarize yourself with these rules, regulations and laws before you plan a fundraiser of this type. Specifically, look for the FAQ document about raffles.
Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
Organization/Agency
Resources and information on good practices in all areas of nonprofit management, including a section on volunteerism.
Nonprofit Hiring Toolkit
Guide/Tool
This comprehensive toolkit includes resources for every phase of the hiring process, from building a recruitment team and writing job descriptions to transitioning in a new employee. Sections include applications and screening procedures, interviewing dos and don'ts, reference and background checks, and a sample job offer.
Nonprofit Insurance FAQs
Article/Blog
Answers to frequently asked questions about nonprofit insurance, including information on different types of insurance, and what types of insurance a nonprofit needs.
Nonprofit Job Descriptions
Bridgespan Group
Sample/Template
Find resources for writing job descriptions and job ads as well as sample job descriptions for a variety of positions, including an Executive Director (or CEO or president), Finance Director/CFO, Operations Director/COO, communications and marketing positions, development and fundraising positions, evaluation positions and more. Sample job descriptions are often provided for both small and large organizations, as responsibilities vary significantly in the two environments.
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
Organization/Agency
Coalition of national organizations with the agenda of connecting talented young people to nonprofit sector careers and helping nonprofit organizations recruit, retain, and cultivate leadership.
Nonprofit Lobbying Resources
Independent Sector
Guide/Tool
Lobbying and public policy is an important part of mission achievement. Nonprofits can use lobbying in a variety of ways to advance their causes in federal, state, and local legislatures, but it is important stay within the rules. These resources will your organization lobby legally and effectively.
Nonprofit Mergers
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
Good governance requires that boards ask themselves whether their mission could be better served by joining with another nonprofit. This compilation of resources outlines best practices for assessing and managing merger opportunities, including how to be realistic about what it takes to merge successfully.
Nonprofit Networking: The New Way to Grow
Harvard Business School
Article/Blog
How can a nonprofit increase its social impact? This article outlines the power of strategic networks as an alternative to growing in size.
Nonprofit Operating Reserve Ratio
The Urban Institute
Guide/Tool
A guide to help organizations determine what their operating reserve ratio should be.
Nonprofit Publications That Get Results
Numa Communications
Guide/Tool
This guide outlines a six step process for creating effective marketing materials regardless of your budget size.
Nonprofit Quarterly
Periodical
Popular nonprofit magazine that provides advice, interesting articles, and resources.
Nonprofit Social Media
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
A robust social media presence can help nonprofits share their message to a broad audience, but all the different channels can be overwhelming. Developing a thoughtful and thorough social media policy will help organizations manage and make the most of the medium. Your organization should also create policies for employees to cover expectations of what is an appropriate and respectful use of social media. These resources will help your organization define goals and audiences, select appropriate tools, and create social media strategies.

 
Nonprofit Staffing Strategies
UST
Guide/Tool
Learn how  to recognize valuable behaviors and work skills so your organization can find, hire and retain great employees. This guide reveals how to:

Recruit employees, both resourceful and proficient in their job requirements
Create specific and ongoing objectives to consistently build employee capabilities
Document disciplinary actions leading up to an employee’s departure
Uphold proper termination etiquette
Manage unemployment costs, claims protests and appeal hearings
Nonprofit Times
Periodical
A nonprofit magazine (digital or regular mail) for nonprofit executives.
Nonprofit Vote
Organization/Agency
Organization dedicated to supporting nonprofits to get out the vote. Find resources to help clients, constituents, staff, board, and volunteers vote.
NonprofitPR
Organization/Agency
Find articles with concrete tips on a wide range of communications topics.
Not-For-Profit Accounting
Strand & Associates
Article/Blog
Excellent resource for nonprofit accounting questions. Thorough, up-to-date 990 resources and excellent FAQ section.
NPower
Organization/Agency
Nonprofit technology support organization with locations across the country. Online resources include: articles, links, tools, planning assistance, and technical assistance.
Online Donation Tools
Guide/Tool, Research/Report
What tools can help you collect donations via credit card through your existing website?  This article breaks down the options, what features are available, and a set of software tools that might work well for you.
OnPhilanthropy
Organization/Agency
Nonprofit information organization providing articles, reports, and an e-newsletter.
Operating Reserves
NPEngage
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool, Sample/Template, Video/Tutorial
Operating reserves are an essential part of building an organization’s long-term sustainability. An operating reserve can help ensure that an organization can continue its vital programming activities even during uncertain economic conditions.
Operating Reserves and Policy Examples
Nonprofits Assistance Fund
Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
This helpful article defines operating reserves and why they're important, and provides guidance on how to develop an operating reserves policy for your organizations.
Organizational Lifecycle Assessment
Guide/Tool
Every organization experiences lifecycle passages and changes. Nonprofit leaders who are aware of their organization’s development stage are positioned to be more strategic about planning for its future. Use this tool to assess your organization's leadership – the chief executive and board of directors – and identify what stage of development your organization is experiencing.
Orienting New Employees
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
A compilation of resources to help organizations develop strong staff orientation procedures.
Outcomes Measurement
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
Your nonprofit will only know that it is having an impact if it is evaluating its performance. Identifying and communicating impact is important. The following resources will help you more fully understand the purpose and practice of measuring outcomes.
Overhead Cost Definitions
Nonprofit Finance Fund
Both the IRS and FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) have definitions for these functional expense classifications. This resource is an overview of different overhead definitions, and what may or may not be included.
Partnering for Scale and Impact
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Podcast
In this audio lecture, recorded at the Stanford Social Innovation Review
Partnership for Philanthropic Planning
Organization/Agency
The Partnership for Philanthropic Planning offers a helpful resource page to help nonprofits consider and implement a planned giving program.
Payroll
Idealware
Guide/Tool
Many nonprofits outsource the management of payroll. This guide provides some suggestions for third party services that small and mid-size organizations may want to consider in addition to exploring the services of their local bank.
Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
Idealware
Learn how to mobilize your constituents to become fundraisers through a peer-to-peer campaign that makes use of their own wide networks of personal and professional contacts. Peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns act as multipliers by tapping into your supporters' enthusiasm to grow your list of new donors. They can also strengthen your relationships with current donors. And as such campaigns become more common, so do online tools to facilitate them--but they can’t do the hard work for you. You still need to plan and run the campaign, teach participants how to act as fundraisers, and keep them engaged throughout the process.
Philanthropy Journal
Periodical
The Philanthropy Journal is a program of the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State University in Raleigh, N.C. delivering news, resources, announcements and job listings via daily website updates and free, weekly email bulletins.
Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network
Organization/Agency
Volunteer center network of centers across the US. Resources include: articles, self set-up directions, books, and links.
Policymaker Outreach Checklist
Guide/Tool
This checklist can help you develop strategies to reach policymakers with seven core questions to explore.
Political Campaign Activities of Exempt Organizations
IRS
Guide/Tool
Guidance from the IRS on nonprofit involvement in political campaigns.
Pricing Guide: A Resource For Community-Based Organizations to Value and Price Services
SCAN Foundation
Guide/Tool
With increased pressure for nonprofits to diversify funding sources, many are exploring earned income strategies. This guide was developed to help organizations understanding different pricing models and set the prices and rates on their products and services.
Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations
Panel on the Nonprofit Sector
Research/Report
Guide composed by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector that outlines 33 principles of ethical conduct, accountability, and transparency. The Panel incorporated a careful review of more than 50 self-regulation systems, counsel from a diverse committee of experts, and significant feedback from the field in the development of these Principles.
Process for Writing Job Descriptions
KMA Human Resources Consulting
Guide/Tool
This guide outlines the functions of job descriptions and provides a suggested step-by-step process for developing position descriptions.
Public Policy Committee
Sample/Template
A sample charter for a public policy committee or advocacy committee.
Public Support Test
Various
Guide/Tool
In order to not be classified as a private foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization needs to pass what is called the “public support test.”   These resources provide information on what the public support test is and how to calculate it.
Quickbooks Training
TechSoup
Video/Tutorial
Many organizations use Quickbooks for their accounting. These free recorded webinars can help you make the most of the software.
Recordkeeping for Advocacy Charities
Alliance for Justice
Guide/Tool
A detailed guide that outlines record keeping and filing requirements for nonprofits that lobby, including options for tracking staff time on lobbying, and differences in recordkeeping for organizations that have taken the 501h election and those that haven't.
Registered Agents
Guide/Tool
Incorporated nonprofits must have a registered agent who is the contact for the organization with the Secretary of State’s office for reminders (electronic) to file your annual report or other questions from the Secretary of State's office. Some organizations hire a lawyer or other individual to do this, but most choose the board president or other committed individual. If you do hire someone, that person would be a “commercial registered agent”. This link can help you find a commercial registered agent, if your organization chooses that approach.
Remote Workers and Distributed Teams
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
Nonprofits are increasingly experimenting with employees working from home. These articles will help you manage the risks and reap the rewards of distributed teams.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Organization/Agency
A resource for retired and senior Mainers looking for volunteer opportunities.
Risk Management Plans + Policies
Guide/Tool
Nonprofit Risk Management Center has developed affordable tools that assists nonprofit leaders in creating customized risk management plans and policies for their organizations that reflect the organization’s needs, priorities and culture. MANP is an Affiliate Member, which means our members receive great pricing. Start with their free benchmarking app to get a sense of how your organization's risk practices compare to your peers!
Risk Management Strategies for Serving Alcohol at Events
21 Reasons
Guide/Tool
Many nonprofits host fundraising, recognition or networking events. This guide is designed to help manage the risk of serving alcohol at your event by recommending policies/practices which will protect attendees and your organization. The guide includes details about Maine law and a helpful planning checklist.
Risk of Outdated Job Descriptions
Blue Avocado
Article/Blog
This article highlights potential risks of outdated job descriptions.
Sales Tax Exemption
Maine Revenue Services
Guide/Tool
Only some nonprofits are eligible for exemption from state sales tax. This link provides information from Maine Revenue Services to help nonprofits determine if they may be exempt from sales tax, including how to apply for sales tax exemption.
Sample Board Resolution
Free Management Library
Sample/Template
A sample board resolution nonprofits can use as a model.
Sample Election Season Policy
Bolder Advocacy
Sample/Template
501(c)(3) nonprofits can use this sample to develop an election year memo or employee handbook policy to remind their staff and volunteers that certain election activities on behalf of the 501(c)(3), or using the resources of the 501(c)(3), are prohibited.
Sample Employee Action Form
KMA Human Resources Consulting
Sample/Template
It is important for personnel records to include documentation of changes to an employee's contact information, work assignment, salary, work status, etc. Supervisors and HR departments can benefit from using a form that makes it efficient to record these changes in the employee file.
Sample Final Financial Report for Grant Awards
William A. Bayreuther Grantwriting
Sample/Template
Most grantors require a final project report, including a financial report. The attached sample illustrates a final financial report outlining budgeted expenses, actual expenses and the expenses allocated to that particular funding source.
Sample Finance Policy
Nonprofits Assistance Fund
Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
Developing and adopting a written financial policy is a valuable practice for any nonprofit organization, no matter how small or large. Financial policies clarify the roles, authority, and responsibilities for essential financial management activities and decisions. Use this sample and guide to help you develop your organization's policy.
Sample Job Application Form
KMA Human Resources Consulting
Sample/Template
This thorough and well formatted sample employment application includes basic questions related to contact information, criminal history, references and work experience, as well as legal language about what the prospective employee agrees to by submitting the form.
Sample of a Benefit Highlights Summary
KMA Human Resources Consulting
Sample/Template
Many organizations provide prospective or new employees with a summary of the benefits the organization offers. Use this sample as a starting point to draft your own employee benefits summary.
Sample Organizational Operating Budget
William A. Bayreuther Grantwriting
Sample/Template
This Excel spreadsheet provides a sample and template for outlining a nonprofit annual operating budget for grant request purposes.
Sample Project Proposal Budgets
William. A. Bayreuther Grantwriting
Sample/Template
Most foundations and corporate funders require organizations to submit a project budget with their grant application. William A. Bayreuther Grantwriting has provided complementary samples of proposal budgets for a 1 year project, 2 year project and a capacity building request.
Sarbanes-Oxley and Implications for Nonprofits
Independent Sector, BoardSource
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
These resources outline provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and how nonprofits can put in place effective oversight.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Guide/Tool
These articles and guides provide an overview of the key terms and strategies involved in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and tips for how to make sure your website content shows up in search results.
Self-Audit for Accountability
Independent Sector
Assessment
A list of twelve questions to help you get a snapshot of your organization's level of accountability, plus a link to an accountability checklist.
Senior Corps
Organization/Agency
Volunteer recruitment and placement organization for people over 55 years old. Affiliated with AmeriCorps.
Serve.gov
Organization/Agency
Volunteer recruitment and placement organization of the US government. Post or find volunteer projects, find toolkits to help organize service events, and read or share stories.
ServiceLeader
Organization/Agency
Volunteer management support organization providing best practices, articles, software, and guides.
Serving Alcohol at Special Events
Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Guide/Tool
Answers to frequently asked question when planning an event where alcohol will be served. A helpful excerpt from a longer publication on managing special event risks.
Sexual Harassment Law
ExpertLaw
Guide/Tool
An overview of legal requirements and terms related to sexual harrassment.
Should CEOs Be on the Board?
Council on Foundations
Article/Blog
The question of whether an executive director should serve on the board is a common question, especially for newer nonprofits. This article provides a thorough analysis of the pros and cons, as well as key questions to help you decide what is right for your nonprofit.
Social Media Examiner
Newsletter
Get free email (or RSS) updates on social media topics, as well as access to case studies, how-tos, research, reviews and tools.
Socialbrite
Organization/Agency
A consulting firm that provides support to nonprofits in the area of social media and offers free tutorials, publications and tools on a variety of social media topics on their website.
Society for Human Resource Management
Organization/Agency
Human resources support organization oroviding extensive resources such as HR news, relocation cost calculators, and thorough Knowledge Center with FAQ.
Sound Advice for Functions + Events
Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance, and Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California
Guide/Tool
This guide outlines tips to help nonprofits have safer events, including tips on event planning, legal considerations, and how to handle the situation should an accident occur. The guide also includes sample planning checklists and forms, such as a sample waiver.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Organization/Agency
Management support organization for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses which provides articles, strategies, tools, podcasts and training.
Starboard Leadership Consulting Blog
Article/Blog
Maine-based Starboard Leadership Consulting's blog features topics related to board governance and recruitment, leadership development and transition, and strategic planning.
Starting a New Nonprofit
Guide/Tool
The process of starting a new nonprofit organization can be daunting and is something to consider and research carefully, and the process breaks down into two distinct phases - incorporating as a nonprofit in Maine, and applying for tax-exempt status with the IRS.  MANP has dedicated a section of our website to this topic, including questions to ask yourself before you begin, a recommended process in a checklist format with corresponding resources, links and samples, and a list of frequently asked questions.
Starting Off Right: What New 501(c)(3) Organizations Need to Know
IRS
Video/Tutorial
This recorded IRS webinar helps new nonprofits stay legally compliant. It covers annual filing requirements, what records to maintain, what  to do to meet the "operational test", how to avoid jeopardizing 501(c)(3) status, and what tools are available for tax compliance as an organization grows.
State Liability Laws for Charitable Organizations and Volunteers
Nonprofit Risk Management Center
Guide/Tool
A free guide with a state-by-state review of the evolving landscape of charitable immunity and volunteer protection laws.
Stay Exempt
IRS
Guide/Tool
Developed by the IRS, this easy-to-use website covers tax basics for exempt organizations. Resources include: virtual workshops and self-paced mini-courses that cover various IRS rules, regulations and systems.
Stepping Down: Resources for Departing Executive Directors
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
It can be a challenge for an executive director to determine the best time to step down, or how to approach what is an important transition both individually, and in the organization's life cycle. These resources provide some guidance to an executive director on executing a successful departure.
Storytelling for Nonprofits
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool, Research/Report, Video/Tutorial
Nonprofits are continually challenged to be effective storytellers to capture the attention of donors, volunteers and policymakers. The following articles and guides can help nonprofits build a storytelling culture and the capacity to craft and communicate compelling stories that raise awareness of their missions and support fundraising efforts.
Strategic Analysis
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
Information and resources regarding environmental scans and identifying SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats).
Strategic Leadership: What a Nonprofit Leader Really Needs to Know About IT
Article/Blog
An interesting article outlining the skills a leader needs to manage technology planning, and how they are comparable to the way other types of projects are managed. The article also includes aspects to consider and pitfalls to avoid when doing technology planning.
Tax Information for Charities and Other Nonprofits
IRS
Guide/Tool
Tax information for charities & other nonprofits from the IRS. Review the contents thoroughly and check for updates periodically.
Technology Literacy Benchmarks
Npower
Guide/Tool
Tool to help nonprofits grapple with technology. Score yourself and find out how you can better use technology to achieve your mission.
TechSoup
Organization/Agency
Excellent technology support organization providing topic-specific articles, product and hardware donations, free software downloads, services directory, forums, a free e-newsletter (TechSoup By the Cup) and more.
Ten Steps to Stronger Nonprofit Communications
Social Edge
Article/Blog
Key strategies for ensuring your organizational communications are effective.
Term Limits
Chronicle of Philanthropy, Blue Avocado, Charity Lawyer
These articles outline arguments for and against the use of term limits, and present different options for structuring term limits for your board of directors.
Thanking Donors
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
It is best practice, and in some cases a legal requirement, that nonprofits acknowledge donations, and thank you letters are an essential component of building relationships with donors.
The 6 Ds of Needs Assessments
Community Solutions
Guide/Tool
A simple overview of the key questions to address during a community needs assessment.
The Board’s Role in Advocacy
Board members, as community leaders and champions for your mission, can help increase the likelihood of your nonprofit’s success by engaging in advocacy. This quick guide provides an overview of why and how board members can be involved.
The Bubble Sheet – A Flexible Action Planning Tool
Wholeonomy
Guide/Tool
A simple action planning framework, with key questions to prompt groups through the process.
The Community Corps
Organization/Agency
Many nonprofits have limited or no IT staff. The Community Corps matches pro bono resources with nonprofits in need of support related to technology.
The Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration
Organization/Agency
The Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration advances the profession and practice of volunteer resource management. Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) is the only international professional certification in the field of volunteer resources management. The CVA credential reflects mastery of the knowledge required of practitioners in this field as measured through an exam and peer assessment process.
The Limitations of Social Enterprise
Seedco Policy Center
Research/Report
Report on the downsides to social enterprise initiatives and the over-promotion of these entities.
The Networked Nonprofit
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Article/Blog
This article by Jane Wei-Skillern and Sonia Marciano argues that organizations should focus less on growing themselves and more on cultivating their networks.
The Overhead Myth
Guidestar
Guide/Tool
A great compilation of frequently asked questions related to nonprofit overhead.  Addresses topics such as "overhead ratio," fundraising vs. administrative costs, executive pay, and messaging/communications about nonprofit overhead.
The Tactics of Collaboration
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Article/Blog
This article outlines four steps to operationalizing a strategic partnership.
The Value of Volunteer Time
Independent Sector
Research/Report
This website summarizes the Corporation for National and Community Service's annual calculations of the value of volunteer time.
The Wired Wealthy: Using the Internet to Connect with your Middle and Major Donors
Convio, Sea Change Strategies, Edge Research
Guide/Tool
What role does the internet play in securing and stewarding major donors?
ThinkHR Workplace
Organization/Agency
The ThinkHR workplace provides expert, practical human resource guidance to help you avoid costly risk and liability and save time, including a team of HR experts standing by to answer your calls by phone or email every day, a collection of recorded webinars and trainings, an extensive resource library about human resources compliance, a robust Q&A database of commonly asked questions, compensation tools, job description builders, and more. MANP members receive a discount on this subscription-based service, which is a cost-effective alternative to dedicated human resources staff in small organizations, or a great enhancement to the HR staff of larger organizations.

 
Third Sector New England
Organization/Agency
Nonprofit management support organization providing events, publications, articles, and trainings.
TransitionGuides
Organization/Agency
Organization dedicated to nonprofit leadership/executive transition assistance, providing resources such as guides, articles, e-newsletter, FAQ, help line, and job board.
Types of Tax-Exempt Organizations
IRS
Guide/Tool
Chart containing all of the different types of tax-exempt organizations and their characteristics.
Unemployment Services Trust (UST)
Organization/Agency
The Unemployment Services Trust (UST) is an unemployment cost savings program that is an alternative to the state unemployment tax system. Owned and directed by its nationwide membership of more than 2,100 nonprofit organizations the trust is available exclusively to 501(c)(3) organizations, and benefits many organizations with 10 or more employees.
Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations
About.com
Article/Blog
It is not necessary to incorporate as a nonprofit in order to apply for tax-exemption from the IRS, but there are many advantages to incorporation. This article provides an overview of what an unincorporated nonprofit is and some of the challenges.
Unleashing Innovation: Using Everyday Technology to Improve Nonprofit Services
MAP for Nonprofits, Idealware
Research/Report
This report features common characteristics and illustrative case studies of nonprofits using technology successfully.
Unrelated Business Income
IRS
Guide/Tool
A helpful tutorial from the IRS about unrelated business income, including exceptions, exclusions and deductions, and form 990-T.
Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT)
IRS
Guide/Tool
If an exempt organization regularly carries on a trade or business not substantially related to its exempt purpose the organization is subject to tax on its income from that unrelated trade or business.  This can sometimes apply to revenue from corporate partnerships. These resources outline the rules related to Unrelated Business Income Tax, or UBIT, including which organizations are subject to the tax, what the requirements are for filing a tax return, what an unrelated trade or business is, and how to figure unrelated business taxable income.
Using Data to Measure and Improve Programs
Idealware
Research/Report
This report provides case studies and best practices related to program evaluation and measurement. Find advice on what data to track and how to use what you're tracking to improve programs and services.
Using Loans: A Guide to Borrowing for Nonprofit Organizations
Guide/Tool
Like other businesses, nonprofit organizations sometimes need cash in the form of a loan to operate their programs effectively. Astute managers and boards understand that loans can be a tool that can help their nonprofit grow and succeed. This guide is designed to help nonprofits understand loans, uses for loans, and when it makes the most sense to consider this financing option.
Vehicle Donations
IRS
Guide/Tool
These resources outline the implications for your nonprofit's tax exemption when accepting a donated used car, as well as tips for determining whether to accept a vehicle donation.
Volunteering in America
Corporation for National & Community Service
Research/Report
An initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, this site provides information on volunteering and civic engagement including state by state statistics, data on trends, research, and tips and tools for both volunteers and volunteer managers.
VolunteerMatch
Organization/Agency
Find volunteers or volunteer opportunities online through this national volunteer recruitment and placement organization.
Voter Engagement and Registration Toolkits
United Way and Nonprofit Vote
The Voter Engagement Toolkit provides practical ideas and strategies to carry out voter education, promote voter registration and hold candidate forums on a nonpartisan basis. The toolkit features special sections on the use of social media in an election year and distributing candidate questionnaires or voter guides.
Watchdog Organizations
Activism.net
Guide/Tool
Listing of government watchdog organizations.
Website Redesign
Guide/Tool
Creating or redesigning a website is a major project worthy of thorough planning. These guides will help you understand your audience and their needs, identify what your organization is trying to communicate, and evaluate how well your current site meets these goals. If you decide that a new website is the right next step, these resources provide a framework for the process, from vendor selection through design, development, testing and launch.
What Makes a Great Board Treasurer
Nonprofits Assistance Fund
Article/Blog
Guidance to help nonprofit board treasurers be successful in their role.
Whistleblower Protection Policy
Various
Article/Blog, Sample/Template
Form 990 asks organizations to indicate whether they have adopted a whistleblower policy. While this policy is not required, it is recommended and the IRS may increase their scrutiny of returns from organizations that have not adopted recommended policies. These resources and samples provide a basis from which nonprofits can create their own policy, are not intended for verbatim use without careful review.
Worker Classification: Employee or Independent Contractor?
Maine Department of Labor
Guide/Tool
These resources provide guidance about the rules governing the classification of workers as independent contractors versus employees in Maine and for federal purposes.

There are serious consequences for employers that misclassify workers, including tax penalties and interest, labor law and safety violations, back unemployment insurance premiums, and costly lawsuits if a worker is injured on the job.
Working With Technical Volunteers
TechSoup
Guide/Tool
Use this guide to assess your technical needs, identify areas where volunteers can help, recruit technical volunteers and assess their skills, manage technical volunteers, document their work, and find resources that will help your volunteers throughout the process.
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
Organization/Agency
A nonprofit network geared towards strengthening the nonprofit sectors next generation of leaders.
Youth Service America
Organization/Agency
Resources to support youth service and volunteering, including their signature event, Global Youth Service Day.
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