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Rep. Chellie Pingree and S. Donald Sussman





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Eliot and Melanie Cutler


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Gayle Brazeau, Dean, College of Pharmacy, University of New England








News & Resources

Resource Development Training (4 sessions)

Who can attend: Past and present MWF Grantees - staff and board

Training Session 4:

Friday, May 2, 2014
Topic: Grant Writing

Learn how to create compelling needs statements; formulate goals, objectives and outcomes; prepare and justify budgets; demonstrate sustainability; and form community partnerships. Additionally, discuss ethical principles in grant writing. Presented by Deb Schilder, Director of Planning & Development for Broadreach Family Community Services.

Many thanks to Bangor Savings Bank, who will provide video conferencing technology and meeting space for participants in Biddeford, Portland, Augusta and Bangor locations.

We encourage board and staff member participation in order to achieve the greatest possible impact and potential for success in fundraising.
Please RSVP by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 207-774-5513.

Price for all four (4) Sessions: $250 per staff person OR $150 per staff member when a board member participates.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Topic: Marketing & Events

Friday, January 31, 2014 
Topic: Annual Fund

Friday, November 22, 2013

Topic: Developing a Culture of Giving
Presented by Lisa Wahlstrom of Ovation Fundraising Counsel LLC, based in Yarmouth and Bangor.  

The Maine Women’s Fund Awards $80,000 to 2013 Economic Security Inititative Grantees

The Maine Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $80,000 to organizations working to build the economic security of Maine women and girls. The 2013 grantees will be recognized at the Fund’s annual Leadership Luncheon on May 23, 2013 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland. Economic security is the Fund’s grantmaking priority. The vision of the Fund is a just and caring society in which Maine women and girls thrive so communities prosper.

“The Maine Women’s Fund continues to be the only foundation focused solely on the future of Maine women and girls,” said Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, CEO of the Maine Women’s Fund. “The Fund identifies the greatest needs across Maine, and invests in the organizations and initiatives that most effectively advance economic security for our state’s women and girls.”

Download the press release here.

Good News for supporters at least age 70 ½!

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 included a number of provisions that apply to the use of IRA funds by those 70 ½ and older for charitable gifts.  An upper limit of $100,000 applies, but any portion of that amount can be used to benefit the Maine Women’s Fund as you specify.

For all of 2012, if made a direct transfer from an IRA to the Maine Women’s Fund, you may now classify that as a rollover gift.  By characterizing the amount as a rollover gift, the amount will not be included in the taxable income section of your federal return.

For those who would like an additional 2012 tax deduction, a charitable gift made from an IRA between January 1, 2013 and January 31, 2013 can be treated as a 2012 deductible amount.  Contact your plan administrator to work out the details.

Another option—if any of your 2012 IRA distributions were withdrawn and paid to you between December 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012, you may use that amount (up to $100,000) as a 2012 charitable gift by sending the amount to the Maine Women’s Fund by January 31, 2013.

Last but not least, any distribution from your IRA in 2013 can be a 2013 charitable gift by having it sent to the Maine Women’s Fund.

Please consult with your tax advisor to determine how this new law can impact your financial situation and charitable gift plans.

Visit our How to Give page for details on how to make your gift today.

Proposal Writing Advice

Below are a few more resources to assist you in fine-tuning your grant proposal:

Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal

Learning Lab: A Proposal Writing Short Course

Life Cycle of a Public Charity
During its existence, a public charity has numerous interactions with   the IRS – from filing an application for recognition of tax-exempt   status, to filing the required annual information returns, to making   changes in its mission and purpose. The IRS provides information,  explanations, guides, forms and publications on all of these subjects

Maine Association of Nonprofits
Training workshops in grant writing and other areas of fundraising.

The Grantsmaking Center
A leader in grant information.

The Grants Information Center
Find written materials and a sampling of videos on fundraising, proposal writing and philanthropy.

Other Resources

Foundation Center
Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.

NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly
NPQ’s mission is to promote an active and engaged democracy through collecting and publishing breaking news and analysis.

The Grantsmaking Center Magazine
The Grantsmanship Center publications are packed with information on   how to plan, manage, staff and fund the programs of nonprofit   organizations and government agencies.

Social Media Swag

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