Maine Women's Fund Releases its 2011-2012 Report to the Community
The 2011-2012 year was an exciting one at the Maine Women’s Fund. Much energy was directed toward a transition in leadership, and now the board and staff are focused on the future. We have renewed energy and enthusiasm for ensuring that Maine women and girls have the support they need to fulfill their human potential, for as long as that support is needed.
During the past year, the Fund supported nearly 20 organizations with $80,000 in grants, and involved literally thousands of Mainers in the process. Our work is a collaboration involving many in Maine’s communities who participate through our regional councils, grant review process, Girls’ Grantmaking, the Leadership Luncheon or as a volunteer in the office or at an event. Thank you for your part in this critically important work. We all want Maine women and girls to have every opportunity to grow, thrive and prosper. Our experience tells us that philanthropy plays a key role in that effort. Since its founding in 1989, the Fund has made 338 grants to 174 organizations totaling almost $1.7 million. As we approach our 25th year of grantmaking, we are assessing our impact and the continuing unmet need.
We have ambitious plans for the months and years ahead: Growing the Fund’s investment portfolio and continuing annual fundraising to allow for a level of grant distribution several times its current level. Accomplishing this goal – while ensuring the Fund’s sustainability – requires that we determine what is needed throughout Maine to support girls and women to reach their potential, as well as what resources are available to meet those needs. We are developing seven regional groups to help with that work in every corner of our great state, and we hope you will join us in that effort. If you would like to play a part or learn more about what we plan to accomplish, please be in touch, no matter what part of Maine you call “home.” We are honored to have a dedicated and talented staff and board of directors who share a common vision: making Maine a state where every woman and girl is given every opportunity to reach her full potential. With your help, we can achieve this vision.
Posted 10.08.2012 under Press Releases