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Kimberly Crichton

Interim Executive Director

Maine Women’s Fund

(207) 774-5513 or Kimberly@mainewomensfund.org

 

June 4, 2019

 

Maine Women’s Fund Announces $132,550 for 14 Organizations Throughout the State

 

30th Anniversary awards invest in the power of women and girls through educational and leadership programs, policy change, and social and economic engagement initiatives.

 

June 4, 2019–Today, the Maine Women’s Fund announces their 2019 annual grants totaling $132,550 to 14 nonprofit organizations dedicated to transforming the lives of women and girls. Since its founding over 30 years ago, the Maine Women’s Fund has made 450 bold investmentstotaling more than $2.4 million to more than 200 nonprofit organizations.

“We are staying true to our founding mothers’ mission 30 years ago to ensure women and girls in our communities have opportunities and pathways to grow and reach their full potential “, said Dr. Candace Walworth, board member and Chair of the Grants Committee. “Our generous donors and sponsors allow us to fund new and established organizations so that they have the resources to strengthen women’s rights, create new opportunities, and economic well-being.”

The Grants Committee received letters of interest from 59 organizations of various sizes and from all areas of the state. Each committee member reviewed the requests and participated in a group discussion, then the Grants Committee invited 25 of those organizations to submit detailed proposals. After further assessment and due diligence by the committee, 14 organizations were selected for funding based on: strengths of the program and organization; the clearly identify need for the programs; the diversity of geographic area and populations reached through the program; and opportunities to make the greatest impact across the Maine Women’s Fund six funding areas: education, financial skills and literacy, healthcare, leadership, personal safety and policy.

2019 Grant Awards (listed in reverse alphabetical order):

  • The YWCA of Central Maine, Lewiston, $10,000 to be a pilot site for the national STEM program, Curated Pathways to Innovation.
  • Tree Street Youth, Lewiston, $10,000 to support a program to improve the conflict resolution skills of teenage girls.
  • Spurwink, South Portland, $10,000 to develop protocols for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children for all of Maine’s Children’s Advocacy Centers.
  • Speak About It, Portland, $10,000 to present free high school sexual assault prevention and consent education programs throughout the State. 
  • Shaw House, Bangor, $6,250 for the Women In Leadership Program, a mentor program designed to provide inspiration and encouragement.
  • New Ventures Maine, Augusta, $10,000 to provide the Start Over Start Strong financial education and training to women who are incarcerated.
  • Maine Community Integration, Lewiston, $10,000 to expand their robust cultural enrichment program designed to meet the needs of African immigrant girls, called Isku Filan (Strong Girls).
  • Mabel Wadsworth Center, Bangor, $10,000 for a Client Advocate position to reduce the rate of uninsured women and LGBTQ people by providing on-site MaineCare enrollment assistance. 
  • League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund, Augusta, $10,000 to engage underrepresented communities including students, rural women, and immigrants in civic engagement activities.
  • In Her Presence, Portland, $10,000 to engage elder women participants in “The Seniors,” a pilot program to build resiliency and improve social connections to reduce isolation. 
  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Portland, $10,000 to provide legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and trafficking who face significant barriers to safety.
  • Four Directions Development Program, Orono, $10,0000 to support the Circuit Rider program which provides individual and group financial education in the five tribal communities.
  • Equality Maine, Portland, $10,000 to simplify the process for changing gender markers on critical identity documents and bring this meaningful change to people statewide.
  • ArtVan, Bath, $6,300 for the mobile program that partners with neighborhood housing for low-income families in Bath, Brunswick, Lewiston, Auburn and Biddeford.

About the Maine Women’s Fund

Since 1989, the Maine Women's Fund has been incubating and investing in nonprofit organizations run by and for Maine women and girls. Through its $2.9 million endowment, it makes annual financial investments in new and established organizations working towards its mission – to transform the lives of Maine women and girls through innovative programs and advocacy efforts. The Maine Women’s Fund provides critical assistance and technical assistance to the organizations it partners with to build capacity, achieve sustainability and develop the next generation of women leaders. In the last 30 years the Maine Women’s Fund has granted over 450 awards totaling more than $2.4 million to 200 organizations investing in the power of women and girls across the state.

 

The Maine Women’s Fund is the only Maine foundation focused exclusively on advancing gender equity. In 2017, the Maine Women’s Fund created a rolling Swift Social Justice Grants Program to compliment the Annual Grants Program and stand with women and girls from communities disproportionately impacted by the current policy and social landscape as they address immediate threats or take advantage of opportune moments. Learn more at www.mainewomensfund.org.

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PRESS RELEASE

DATE:              June 21, 2018

SUBJECT:         Maine Women’s Fund announces 2018 – 19 Annual Grants

CONTACT:       Megan Hannan, Executive Director  207.774.5513 megan@mainewomensfund.org

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Posted 06.21.2018 under Press Releases

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PRESS RELEASE: MAINE WOMEN'S FUND ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

CONTACT: Megan Hannan, Executive Director, 207.774.5513  megan@mainewomensfund.org

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Posted 02.07.2018 under Press Releases

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PRESS RELEASE
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Posted 05.19.2017 under Press Releases

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Posted 06.01.2016 under Press Releases

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Contact: Lauren Webster LaFrance, Communications and Marketing Director

207-774-5513 / lauren@mainewomensfund.org

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Posted 05.16.2016 under Press Releases

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Posted 05.03.2016 under Press Releases

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Posted 03.21.2016 under Press Releases

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Posted 02.16.2016 under Press Releases

2016 Leadership Luncheon and Award Recipients

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11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Networking Reception |12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch and Program

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Posted 02.04.2016 under Press Releases

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Posted 12.03.2015 under Press Releases

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Posted 11.04.2015 under Press Releases

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Posted 10.30.2015 under Press Releases

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Posted 10.05.2015 under Press Releases

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Posted 09.09.2015 under Press Releases

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Posted 08.17.2015 under Press Releases