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Updated: September 26, 2022 2022 Giving Guide

Maine Association of Nonprofits


Nonprofits are providers of essential services

The Maine Association of Nonprofits is pleased to continue our partnership with Mainebiz to provide this annual spotlight on Maine’s nonprofit sector and the critical role businesses play in partnering with them to strengthen economic resiliency and our communities’ quality of life.

Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director, Maine Association of Nonprofits

As employers and providers of essential services, Maine’s nonprofits continue to creatively face challenges exacerbated by the pandemic as it has become clear they will be central to our healing and reacclimating.

A silver lining of the pandemic has been the generous, flexible investments that businesses have made in support of their nonprofit partners. We have seen countless creative cross-sector collaborations and contributions of time, money and other resources that are indicative of developing and growing relationships that are made possible when businesses, nonprofits and governments come together to ensure that everyone has what they need to thrive.

A silver lining of the pandemic has been the generous, flexible investments that businesses have made in support of their nonprofit partners.

The challenges our communities face range from racial injustice and economic disparity to mounting pressures on public health and our environment. As nonprofits, we are increasingly called on to reimagine how we find innovative solutions together and to reinvent how we define then recommit to our common good. As a first step, nonprofits need the resources and genuine partnerships to navigate these remarkable times and to think boldly and creatively.

If you, as an individual or business, are in a position to help, Maine’s nonprofits need your support in a variety of ways right now. Here’s how:

  • Continue to be generous and flexible with financial support. The pandemic has been a game changer for the nonprofit sector and Maine’s organizations are spread thin in all senses. Have conversations about where their needs are the greatest and consider giving with as few strings attached as possible. It truly can go a long way.
  • Engage nonprofits, especially the small ones, as valued partners. As we rebuild our communities, include nonprofit perspectives, skills and ideas in coordinating efforts and sharing effective strategies. This may require proactively seeking out organizations that aren’t as visible in the public eye. To grasp what’s happening for our communities, it’s important to get close to the action.
  • Get your staff engaged. Professionals from all backgrounds are needed to serve on nonprofit boards and committees. Board service is a great way to give back to your community, grow your professional network, and tap into your passions and special skill sets. Organizations are always looking to enhance their boards with new perspectives and talents.

Maine’s nonprofits employ 1 in 6 Maine workers and contribute nearly $14 billion to the nation’s economy. They educate our children and youth, support entrepreneurs, keep all of us safe and healthy, and enrich our natural and built environments. We all benefit from a vibrant nonprofit sector. Join us in reimagining and recommitting to the common good.

Thank you.