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September 21, 2023 2023 Giving Guide

Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP)

2024 Goals

Over the past few years, Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) and our network of more than 1,000 member organizations have faced new, dynamic challenges, while simultaneously managing the ongoing demands of our missions. While turbulent and trying, it was also a chance to build connections, share knowledge, resources and support.

The pandemic coincided with a series of economic and cultural shifts that have shown nonprofits to be more valuable and more vulnerable than ever. From the start, MANP stepped up to work closely with our peers and partners to respond and adapt. The learnings gleaned from that period will help inform and focus our work in the years ahead to create a stronger nonprofit sector in Maine by:

1. Inspiring change by amplifying nonprofit voices

2. Advancing equity by expanding access for rural and underserved communities

3. Championing a healthy workforce

4. Helping nonprofits reimagine strategy

5. Building boards that center purpose

As Maine’s go-to resource for nonprofits, MANP is uniquely positioned to build nonprofit capacity, connections and cross-sector influence to pursue this vision. We invite businesses and other community leaders to join us.

MANP’s Molly O’Connell and Jennifer Hutchins, with Jeannette Andre of Maine Philanthropy Center, at the Inclusion Maine Conference.

Fundraising events/Opportunities

Corporate and private donors can help nonprofits access MANP’s educational programs and services by contributing to the MANP Access Fund. This fund directly supports nonprofit members who would otherwise not be able to participate due to financial barriers.

MANP’s Jennifer Hutchins and Mary Alice Scott met with Maine’s representatives in Washington, D.C. at Nonprofit Lobby Day hosted by the National Council of Nonprofits.

Giving Opportunities

Businesses and individuals may join MANP’s membership as a “Friend of MANP” starting at $100 annually. Sponsorship opportunities of MANP’s programs and services are also available (separate from membership) and provide valuable marketing opportunities and brand exposure to a statewide network while supporting resources that help Maine’s mission-focused organizations operate more effectively.

Opportunities include in-person and virtual events, biennial publications, programs in the Get on Board initiative, and many other nonprofit management and professional development happenings.”.

MANP’s 2022-2023 Leadership Institute Class at their opening retreat at Pineland.

Volunteer Opportunities

Nonprofit organizations rely on dedicated and committed volunteers – specifically board members – to achieve their missions. Maine nonprofits consistently name board recruitment as a top challenge. On the flipside, many community members are interested in sharing their skills and perspectives and growing as leaders through board or committee service, but aren’t sure where or how to find an opportunity that feels right.

MANP created Board Explorer to connect nonprofits with people with purpose. This free service facilitates connections between individuals interested in serving on a board and organizations looking to enhance their boards/committees with new perspectives and talents. Get started anytime by visiting:

Public Affairs Manager Mary Alice Scott addresses the audience at 2023 Nonprofit Day at the State House.