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November 23, 2021
Photo Credit: Bath Area Food Bank, Bath; member since 2015

BAFB's mission is to help food insecure families and individuals with the meals and groceries needed with dignity and respect. They serve residents of Bath, W. Bath, Woolwich, Arrowsic, Georgetown and Phippsburg.
Reminder: Annual Fundraising Activity Reports and charitable solicitations license renewals are due November 30th unless your organization meets exemption requirements. Learn more.
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Changing Our Stories at Thanksgiving
The Indigenous Solidarity Network has developed a toolkit geared for white folks to discuss settler privilege and Thanksgiving with family, friends, and broader community.

As the introduction of the "Rethinking 'Thanksgiving' Toolkit" states, "There are many different experiences we will have over Thanksgiving - some of us will have lots of food, some of us will struggle to have enough. Some will be surrounded by people and some will be alone or with just one other person. For many, it’s an important time of coming together with family. This day also gives us a chance to look at and change stories we have about our families and ourselves. Thanksgiving is based on myths that hide and erase the genocide that the United States is founded upon. What would it mean to tell a different story; an honest story?"
Power in Aging
This past Friday on MANP Connects, we were so grateful to spend time talking with Jess Mauer, Executive Director of Maine Council on Aging, about the Power in Aging project and the ways that ageism shows up in workplaces. (You can download an audio recording here.) This project focuses on building an age positive Maine with facilitated conversations, tips on how to be more inclusive in your language, ideas to take action in your organization and community, and a sign-on pledge to hold you accountable.

Plus, one of our go-to sources for great communications advice, FrameWorks Institute, has a toolkit full of ideas to help those in the field of aging build a better understanding of aging, ageism, and what it will take to create a more age-integrated society.
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Did you know that Volunteer Maine hosts free monthly meetings for volunteer leaders? These sessions are a great opportunity to network with others in the field of volunteer management. Meetings take place virtually on the second Tuesday of the month at noon. Learn more and sign up.
Support the Universal Charitable Deduction
The universal charitable (non-itemizer) deduction will expire at the end of the year unless Congress takes action to extend it. The giving incentive for individuals who take the standard deduction was created on an bipartisan basis in the early days of the pandemic to generate additional resources to support the work of charitable organizations. It was increased at the end of 2020 to the current level of $300 for individuals and $600 for couples, but is set to expire on December 31, 2021.

The Charitable Giving Coalition encourages nonprofits to sign onto a letter urging congressional leaders to support expanding and extending the universal charitable deduction in year-end legislation. The letter is open for signers until December 1.
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In need of conversation topics for your family gatherings? Try a comedy wildlife photography awards caption contest!
Reminders + Opportunities

  • Alert: Secretary of State Bellows is warning Maine nonprofits of a misleading solicitation offering to file annual reports on their behalf. Learn more.
  • November 26 Grant Deadline: Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program. Applicants must demonstrate 20% loss in revenue as a result of the pandemic and related public health response.
  • November 30 Filing Deadline: Nonprofits that solicit contributions in Maine and do not meet certain exemption requirements must register annually with the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation as a charitable solicitor and submit an Annual Fundraising Activity Report. Learn more in MANP's white paper.
  • November 30 is Giving Tuesday!
  • November 30 Grant Deadline: The Onion Foundation is accepting proposals on a rolling basis for small grants through the end of November. Learn more about criteria and how to apply.
  • December 14 Grant Deadline: The Maine Health Access Foundation is accepting applications for their 2022 Systems Improvement and Innovation Responsive Grants Program which provides either one-year planning grants, or implementation grants for one or two years to organizations who wish to improve health and access to care in one or more of four strategic priority areas identified by MeHAF: rural health, aging/older adults, behavioral health, and maternal and child health. Learn more.
  • January 22, 2022 Grant Deadline: Maine Humanities Council's Major Grants program is now accepting applications for larger humanities programs and projects that have broad public outreach. Learn more and apply.
  • Calling All Arts + Culture Folks: Sign up for the free weekly e-newsletter from Cultural Alliance of Maine and/or join the conversation on Facebook!
  • Open Grants: The Maine Health Access Foundation offers funding for small, discrete projects though their Discretionary Grants program and for local and statewide meetings being held digitally through their Meeting Support Grants program. Learn more about both programs that are accepting applications through November.
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