Resources for Advocacy

It’s more important than ever for nonprofits to be at the table for informed, thoughtful discourse about Maine’s future. MANP provides a variety of training and resources to help nonprofit staff and volunteers to advocate and lobby effectively and legally on issues that advance their mission work.

Training + Information

In addition to MANP's own Raise Your Voice toolkit, MANP has an extensive (and ever-growing and improving) collection of searchable, curated resources available to anyone. (In particular, we recommend the resources of Bolder Advocacy, Nonprofit Vote, and Stand for Your Mission.)

Plus, our webinar library provides our members exclusive access to on-demand access to content on Advocacy 101, Nonprofits + Election Season, Advocating through the Media, and more!

Contacting Policymakers

Navigating Legislative Process

Explore these hidden gems on the State’s website regarding legislative processes:

Follow the status of bills and committee work from the State’s website.

Framing Your Issues

Frames That Work toolkit cover imageNonprofits are critical to making Maine a great place to live, work, and visit and together we can can ensure that civic dialogue about Maine’s most pressing issues reflects the vital role that nonprofits play in our state.

MANP created Frames That Work: A Messaging Toolkit for Nonprofits to help Maine nonprofit staff and volunteers:

  • understand what messages are effective in improving public understanding of the key role that nonprofits play in Maine’s economy and quality of life, and
  • frame messages about their organizations within the broader context of the sector’s value and impact.

The toolkit includes an introduction to the social science of framing, responses to FAQs about Maine's nonprofits, samples/templates for Letters to the Editor, op-eds, social media posts, blog posts, and tips for engaging with legislators. 

Get the Frames That Work Toolkit

In addition to this Maine-specific toolkit, we highlighly recommend the many resources produced by FrameWorks Institute, which studies how people understand social issues in order to help changemakers develop effective communications.