DATE: June 21, 2018
SUBJECT: Maine Women’s Fund announces 2018 – 19 Annual Grants
CONTACT: Megan Hannan, Executive Director 207.774.5513 firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 06.21.2018 under Press Releases
June 4, 2020
Maine Women’s Fund
June 4, 2020–Today, the Maine Women’s Fund announced emergency funding totaling over $53,000 raised through its rapid response Safety First for Women Fund. The Maine Women’s Fund rapidly created this specialized fund to meet the urgent needs of women and girls across the state. Funders and advocates quickly responded and within six weeks, gifts totaling $40,000 were received from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Sam L. Cohen Foundation, and the PRBB Foundation and over $13,000 from 59 different individuals.
“Over our 30-year history, approximately 30% of our giving has focused on improving personal safety and ending violence. The Safety First for Women Fund is a rapid-response emergency fund that reflects the Maine Women’s Fund long-term commitment to ending violence for those living in all the communities we serve,” said Executive Director, Kimberly Crichton. “We are thrilled to provide $10,000 to the Maine Council on Aging to support their powerful advocacy for greater safety for direct care workers, $27,791 to the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence in support of the work of their nine member resource centers across the State of Maine and $15,439 to the Wabanaki Women’s Coalition in support of the work of their five member domestic and sexual violence advocacy centers throughout the Wabanaki territories.”
Systemic violence against women, violence against Black and Brown people, violence against LGBTQ+ people, violence against poor people, violence against aging and disabled people is all interconnected. We know we cannot end violence against women and children without ending all violence. There is no gender justice without racial justice. The Safety First for Women Fund was created to provide financial support and visibility for these powerful coalitions working at the forefront of our equity challenges in this very moment.
We are also proud to be amplifying the voices of survivors raising awareness about domestic violence with a $2,000 Swift Social Justice Grant to Finding Our Voices that has filled midcoast towns with survivor stories hung in downtown business windows. The awareness raising is working, with the local resource center reporting that several people have called the domestic violence hotline seeking support after seeing the banners around town.
Domestic violence accounts for approximately half of all Maine homicides. In some Wabanaki communities, women have combined sexual and domestic violence rates as high as 80%. Direct care workers, some of Maine’s lowest wage workers who provide the personal care for the elderly and disabled, were without adequate access to personal protection equipment and access to testing at the time this fund was started.
“We are honored to have had the opportunity to mobilize our community around these issues and we are deeply grateful to the 59 individuals and the three foundations who trusted and invested in the Maine Women’s Fund knowledge of the landscape, understanding of the places where other funders were investing, and identification of some of the most pressing unmet needs facing women and girls in Maine and the Wabanaki territories were,” said Board Chair, Janice Rogers. “Every gift we’ve ever made is reflective of someone’s belief in our work, in the power of women seeing and investing in each other.”
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 financial and technical assistance to the organizations it partners with to build capacity, achieve sustainability and develop the next generation of women leaders. In the past 30+ years the Maine Women’s Fund has granted over 475 awards totaling more than $2.5 million to 225 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 complement 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. The Safety First for Women Fund is the Maine Women’s Fund first pooled emergency fund.
Learn more at www.mainewomensfund.org.
June 4, 2019
Maine Women’s Fund
Maine Women’s Fund Announces $132,550 for 14 Organizations Throughout the State
“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):
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.
PRESS RELEASE: MAINE WOMEN'S FUND ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
CONTACT: Megan Hannan, Executive Director, 207.774.5513 email@example.com
The Maine Women’s Fund is pleased to announce the newest members of its Board of Directors.
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Posted 02.07.2018 under Press Releases
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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
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MAINE WOMEN’S FUND CEO TO SPEAK at the PORTLAND CHAPTER of the MAINE WOMEN’S NETWORK, MAY 24, 2016
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Posted 05.16.2016 under Press Releases
PORTLAND and ROCKPORT, Maine. May 3, 2016— On Sunday, May 8, 2016 in honor of Mother’s Day, please support the Maine Women’s Fund by dining at the Portland Flatbread location at 72 Commercial St. #5 or the Rockport Flatbread at 399 Commercial St. to support economic security for Maine women and girls. A portion of the total Mother’s Day sales will be donated to the Maine Women’s Fund, because when women and girls thrive, communities...Read more
Posted 05.03.2016 under Press Releases
FALMOUTH/CAMDEN, Maine. March 21, 2016—The Maine Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling $111,400 to organizations working to build the economic security of Maine women and girls. The 2016 grantees will be recognized at the Fund’s annual Leadership Luncheon on May 18, 2016, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Grants include those from donor-advised funds, established by individuals who make recommendations as to what...Read more
Posted 03.21.2016 under Press Releases
A Maine Women’s Network Event – March 2
Maine Women’s Network Announces March Meeting
CAMDEN, ME: On Wednesday, March 2, The Midcoast Chapter of Maine Women’s Network will host guest speaker Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, Chief Executive Officer of the Maine Women’s Fund who will present “Women in Maine, State of the State.” Sarah works at the forefront of women's issues in Maine and...Read more
Posted 02.16.2016 under Press Releases
The Maine Women’s Fund Announces 2016 Leadership Luncheon and Award Recipients
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Holiday Inn by the Bay | Portland, ME
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Networking Reception |12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch and Program
PORTLAND, Maine. February 4, 2016—The Maine Women’s Fund, the only Maine foundation focused exclusively on advancing women’s and girls’ economic security, announces its sixth annual Leadership Luncheon and...Read more
Posted 02.04.2016 under Press Releases
FALMOUTH, Maine. December 3, 2015 — SheJAMs presented the Maine Women’s Fund with a check for $3,298 to support the Fund’s mission, which includes grantmaking to nonprofit organizations within six strategic areas that together advance the economic security of women and girls: education; financial skills & literacy; healthcare; leadership; personal safety and public policy.
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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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Eloise Vitelli, Director of Program & Policy at New Ventures Maine delivered the first presentation, “Creating...Read more
Posted 10.30.2015 under Press Releases
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Posted 10.05.2015 under Press Releases
FALMOUTH, Maine. September 9, 2015 — The Maine Women’s Fund, the only Maine foundation focused exclusively on advancing women’s and girl’s economic security, will be the beneficiary of the Power of She All Women’s 10K race on October 11, 2015.
Three Maine Women’s Fund Board Members, Robin Lin Hodgskin, Melinda Shain, and Natalie Solotoff will be joining women from across the state to complete in the Power of She. This timed...Read more
Posted 09.09.2015 under Press Releases
In late May, the Fund visited the administrative offices of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England located in downtown Portland.
Grant funding helped to build PPNNE's public policy and grassroots organizing capacity, increase community engagement and organizing, demonstrate local and widespread support of women's health issues, and influence public discourse and opinion-making the connection between women's health and their...Read more
Posted 08.17.2015 under Press Releases