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June 24, 2020


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CONTACT:
Kimberly Crichton, Executive Director
Maine Women’s Fund
Kimberly@mainewomensfund.org
(207) 774-5513

Maine Women’s Fund Announces Nearly $140,000 in Grants for 16 Organizations

June 24, 2020 – Today, the Maine Women’s Fund announces annual grant funding totaling $138,975 to 16 nonprofit organizations dedicated to transforming the lives of women and girls. In the past 30+ years the Maine Women’s Fund has made over 490 bold investments totaling more than $2.6 million to 230 organizations investing in the power of women and girls across the state.

“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.“, said Dr. Candace Walworth, board member and Chair of the Grants Committee.

The Grants Committee received letters of interest from 68 non-profit organizations of various sizes and from all areas of the state. Each member of the Committee reviewed all requests and participated in a group discussion; from there, 27 of those organizations were invited to submit a more detailed proposal. After further assessment and due diligence by the committee, 16 organizations were selected for funding based on: strengths of the program and organization; the clearly identified need for the program; the diversity of geographic area and populations reached through the program; and opportunities to make the greatest impact and further the mission across the Maine Women’s Fund six funding areas: education, financial skills and literacy, healthcare, leadership, personal safety, and policy.

2020 Grant Awards (listed in alphabetical order):

  • A Company of Girls builds self-confidence and resiliency, cultivates leadership skills, and creates a community of tolerance and acceptance where uniqueness is celebrated and creativity thrives through experiences in theater, visual and culinary arts.
  • ArtVan serves children ages 3-18 in 390 family apartment units in Bath, Brunswick, and Auburn through regularly scheduled visits. Their art therapy approach lets poverty-related stressors be pro-actively and externally expressed through art.
  • The Elder Abuse Institute of Maine will pilot a warmline aimed at helping Maine's 16,000 home health workers to identify elder abuse and to report cases more effectively and frequently. Only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse is currently reported.
  • The Hope and Justice Project, Inc. will implement wellness recovery action plan workshops in 3 areas of Aroostook County to provide survivors of domestic violence with a working plan for achieving their wellness goals.
  • The League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund will enhance the ability of women from underrepresented communities to impact the decisions that affect their lives, and support the role that women continue to play in securing democratic rights for all.
  • Mabel Wadsworth Center is Maine's only independent, non-profit, community-based feminist health center. Our funding will support a feminist model of care focused on sexual and reproductive health through education, advocacy, and clinical services.
  • Maine Children's Alliance advocates for policies to support the 12,000 female-headed households and 14,000 children living in poverty in Maine, such as expanding access to education, job training, and improved work-family policies and food security.
  • MaineTransNet will address the increasingly hostile social and political attacks that leave trans people hurt (often physically) and isolated; this grant will support their goal of ensuring one support program monthly in all sixteen of Maine's counties.
  • New England Arab American Organization will provide a unique opportunity for New Mainer women to earn Child Development Associate certification. Participants will advance their skills and earn income while reflecting cultural diversity.
  • One Less Worry provides personal care products, including pads and tampons, which cannot be paid for with SNAP or WIC benefits, to those in need in Knox County while destigmatizing and normalizing periods through their Period Friendly project.
  • Restorative Justice Institute of Maine will partner with the residents of the Women's Correction Center to address harm and injustice through practices that build connection, equity, accountability, and healing.
  • Family Futures Downeast addresses multi-generational poverty by combining post-secondary, workforce and career pathways for parents while their children receive high-quality early education. Our grant will help raise parent voices.
  • Tree Street Youth supports youth of Lewiston-Auburn through programs rooted in academics, the arts, and athletics in a safe space. They will build additional, intentional supports to reduce barriers to leadership experienced by young mothers.
  • Wabanaki Public Health's mission is to provide community-driven public health services to all Wabanaki communities while honoring their cultural knowledge, cultivating innovation, and collaboration. They are overseen by Tribal leadership.
  • Wayfinder Schools serves at-risk youth and teen parents, providing students the experience necessary to discover their strengths and skills, connect with their families, practice personal responsibility, contribute to community, and earn a high school diploma.
  • YWCA Central Maine, who advocates for racial and gender equity, will offer a custom Parent and Child Together learning experience to introduce New Mainer mothers and children to the structure of a US early learning classroom.

“Once again, our annual grants provide many supportive programs for all ages, with several different programs around the state specifically serving the ends of the age spectrum, and others specifically serving the middle of the age spectrum,” said Kimberly Crichton, Executive Director. “Funding stretches from Aroostook to York County and reaches all five federally recognized tribal communities.”

 

  *This year, we funded Financial Skills and Literacy grants through our CA$H Maine capacity building initiative.

 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 create space for new generations of women leaders. In the past 30+ years the Maine Women’s Fund has granted almost 500 awards totaling more than $2.6 million to 230 organizations investing in the power of women and girls across the state and Wabanaki communities.

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, 2020 

CONTACT: 

Kimberly Crichton
Executive Director 
 
Maine Women’s Fund 

Kimberly@mainewomensfund.org 
(207) 774-5513   

 Maine Women’s Fund Announces $53,000 in Emergency Grant Funding to Improve Safety for Women and Girls Across the State and Throughout the Wabanaki Territories During this Pandemic 

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 workin 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

CONTACT:

Kimberly Crichton
Executive Director
Maine Women’s Fund
(207) 774-5513 
Kimberly@mainewomensfund.org

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.

2018 Grantees Announced

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

Maine Women's Fund Announces New Board Members

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

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

The Maine Women’s Fund is pleased to announce the newest members of its Board of Directors.

Crystal Card, Brunswick: Crystal Card, Norway Savings Bank: Ms. Card has an MBA from...Read more

Posted 02.07.2018 under Press Releases

Maine Women's Fund Announces 2017 Grantees

Maine Women’s Fund Announces 2017 Grantees
PRESS RELEASE
May 18, 2017
CONTACT:  Megan Hannan, Executive Director  207.831.9893

FALMOUTH – The Maine Women’s Fund is excited to share its grant making designations for 2017.  The Fund will give $80,000 to nine Maine organizations...Read more

Posted 05.19.2017 under Press Releases

Maine Women's Fund Receives $25,000 for additional immediate Grantmaking

FALMOUTH/CAMDEN, Maine. June 2, 2016 —The Maine Women’s Fund, the only Maine foundation focused exclusively on advancing economic security for women and girls, recently received a $25,000 grant from a private foundation to support three additional grants in 2016, for a total of $136,400 in grants to fifteen organizations. In March, the Fund had awarded $111,400 to twelve organizations that had submitted applications for the...Read more

Posted 06.01.2016 under Press Releases

MAINE WOMEN’S FUND CEO TO SPEAK at the PORTLAND CHAPTER of the MAINE WOMEN’S NETWORK, MAY 24, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lauren Webster LaFrance, Communications and Marketing Director

207-774-5513 / lauren@mainewomensfund.org

MAINE WOMEN’S FUND CEO TO SPEAK at the PORTLAND CHAPTER of the MAINE WOMEN’S NETWORK, MAY 24, 2016

FALMOUTH, Maine.  May 16, 2016— On Tuesday, May 24, the Portland Chapter of Maine Women’s Network will host guest speaker Sarah...Read more

Posted 05.16.2016 under Press Releases

MOTHER’S DAY FLATBREAD PIZZA FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT THE MAINE WOMEN’S FUND, May 8, 2016

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

Maine Women's Fund Awards $111,400 to Nonprofits Investing in the Economic Security of Maine

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

MWF CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist to speak at the Midcoast Chapter of Maine Women’s Network, March 2, 2016

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

2016 Leadership Luncheon and Award Recipients

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

SheJAMs donates $3,298 from the Power of SHE 10K to the Maine Women’s Fund

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.

Three Maine Women's Fund Board Members, Natalie...Read more

Posted 12.03.2015 under Press Releases

Maine Women's Fund Releases its 2014-2015 Report to the Community

We have another amazing year of successes to report for fiscal year 2014-2015 on behalf of the Fund, all of which were made possible with the generous support of corporate, foundation and individual philanthropists, like you. Please click...Read more

Posted 11.04.2015 under Press Releases

MAINE WOMEN’S FUND HOSTS MAKING CHANGE FOR GOOD

FALMOUTH, Maine.  October 30, 2015 — The Maine Women’s Fund, the only Maine foundation focused exclusively on advancing women’s and girl’s economic security, hosted Making Change for Good, on Tuesday, October 27th featuring four grantee presentations on social change efforts in Maine. 

Eloise Vitelli, Director of Program & Policy at New Ventures Maine delivered the first presentation, “Creating...Read more

Posted 10.30.2015 under Press Releases

MWF CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist to speak at the Maine Women’s Summit on Economic Security on October 16th

Join the Maine Women’s Policy Center as we turn ideas into action at the Maine Women’s Summit on Economic Security on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM at the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr, Augusta, ME 04330. Registration Fee: $30; Students & Seniors: $20. Breakfast and lunch are included and scholarships are...Read more

Posted 10.05.2015 under Press Releases

ALL WOMEN’S 10K TO BENEFIT MAINE WOMEN’S FUND

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

SPOTLIGHT ON GRANTEE: Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

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