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2013 Economic Security Initiative Grant Applications Due January 18, 2013
Wholeheart Yoga Fundraiser for Maine Women's Fund
Grantee & Partner News
Two Planned Giving Training Opportunities for Grantees
In the News
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Through July 21, 2013: Portland 

Maine Women Pioneers III: Paintings & Sculpture, Photography & New Media, Works on Paper & Installations.


January 9, 2013: Portland 

Women Standing Together Leadership Series.      


January 15, 2013: Augusta

Maine Women's Day at the State House. 


January 15, 2013: Portland

"Three Secrets to Handling Stress in the New Year," Maine Women's Network.  


January 27, 2013: Augusta

19th Annual Changing Maine Gathering. Feminist Values: Abundance or Scarcity?

February 8, 2013: Orono

SciGirls Professional Development Training. Participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls in STEM.


Expanding Your Horizons Conference: a one-day conference focused on providing middle school girls access to women in STEM careers.  


March 14, 2013: Orono

Maine Girls Collaborative Project hosts educational forums on working with girls with disabilities in STEM and working with Native girls in STEM. More info TBA.    


Ongoing: Washington County:  

Axiom Technologies offers free computer classes: Excel, Social Media for Seniors and Basic Computer Skills. Contact  Jane Blackwood.

Switzer Fellowships provide one year of financial academic support, as well as long-term career and professional development support for graduate students in New England.

The Avon Foundation for Women seeks to expand its Healthy Relationship College Program for a second year. This is an RFP for U.S.-based colleges/university organizations.
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Community Action grants provide funds for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls.

Deadline: February 1, 2013
Maine Initiatives Grants for Change: to build power in communities, remove barriers to democracy, encourage people to work together for the common good, and foster involvement by people who have been excluded.

Maine Robotics Camp offered statewide. Registration now open.

Nancy Strojny, Portland Chapter Chair for SCORE, needs women to volunteer as business coaches. Contact 508-272-0763  or

Patricia Rice, Bangor Chapter Chair for SCORE needs women to volunteer as business coaches. Contact 207-942-0103 or

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On behalf of the board and staff of the Maine Women's Fund, we wish you and yours the very best for a healthy 2013! Our goal for this year: to build economic security for Maine women and girls and thereby enhance the health of all our communities. If you are interested in being involved in that effort, there are lots of ways to do so:

  • Join one of our seven regional groups studying the needs of women and girls throughout the state. This effort is the cornerstone of our 2013 Needs Assessment, in which we're gathering both quantitative data and qualitative local knowledge of the challenges facing Maine women and girls. To complete a survey indicating your availability, click here.
  • Attend our May 23, 2013 Leadership Luncheon, where we will honor and recognize several impressive Maine women and girls:
  • Volunteer to help in the office or with an event. To complete a volunteer survey, click here.

We love our work - and we'd love to involve you. No matter what you do to support the economic security of women and girls in Maine, we thank you and wish you all the best for 2013!



Sarah Ruef-Lindquist


Grant applications due January 18, 2013

The Fund's grantmaking priority is advancing women's economic security. Organizations whose missions include education and youth development, entrepreneurship and better jobs and wages, financial literacy and asset building and policy and leadership for women and/or girls in Maine are encouraged to apply.

Download grant guidelines and the application here.

FMI contact Grants and Outreach Manager, Sonya Tomlinson at or 207-774-5513

Good News for supporters at least age 70 !

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 included a number of provisions that apply to the use of IRA funds for charitable gifts by those 70 and older. 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. See more here.


There are other ways to give as well: monthly giving, transfer of stock, a planned gift, matching gifts through an employer, or even gifts-in-kind. See giving options on the Fund's website.

Yogawoman film trailer 
Wholeheart Yoga located at 150 St. John Street in Portland will be screening the movie Yogawoman on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 7pm. This film documents how yoga came to the west from a lineage of male teachers, and how women are now teaching and using the practice to transform lives. This is a free event. All donations will go to the Maine Women's Fund.  

Maine Women's Policy Center and the Maine Women's Lobby are hiring a Director of Public Policy. See the full job listing and how to apply here. Also seeking an intern to assist with planning Girls Day at the State House for March 21st, 2013. To learn more applicants should contact Janet Pierce, Administrative Assistant.

Do you know a girl age 12-19 who's helping to make Maine a better place for girls? If so, Hardy Girls Healthy Women wants to hear from you! Nominate a girl in your life for her activism and leadership. Winners will receive statewide recognition of their incredible achievements. Find the nomination form here. HGHW also recently announced their Spring 2013 line-up of webinars with an array of subject matters from identifying cyberbullying to teaching media literacy through art. See the full schedule and sign-up information here.  

New Hope for Women  is offering a six-week support group for women who have suffered from domestic or dating violence and are in need of a safe and nurturing place. The six-week group will be held at the organization's new Bath headquarters January 9th to February 13th, 2013. Learn more here. 


Maybe your organization hasn't sought planned gifts due to perceived complexity or lack of capacity to process and steward them. Through these trainings, learn the skills needed to harness the capacity your organization has to maximize the value of long-term, passionate donors. All sessions led by Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, Esq., CTFA and CEO of the Maine Women's Fund.  


The Maine Women's Fund and Maine Initiatives are pleased to announce:

Planned Giving: Harnessing the Power of Donor Passion to Build Sustainability

January 9th- May 8, 2013 Click here for more information. 


Also, the Maine Women's Fund and University of Southern Maine are pleased to announce:

Introduction to Planned Giving
April 23 & 24, 2013 Click here for more information.

Visit the resources section of our site for complete details. 
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Julia Bluhm of Waterville.

18 Under 18: HuffPost Teen's List Of The Most Amazing Young People Of The Year  
HuffPost Teen compiled a list of extraordinary and inspiring young people, including Maine Women's Fund newly announced Samantha Smith awardee Julia Bluhm. More>>>


How to Attack the Gender Wage Gap? Speak Up 
Annie Houle of the WAGE Project.

Annie Houle is the national director of  the WAGE Project, which

aims to close the gender pay gap. She explains that her dollar bills represent the amount that women will make relative to men, on average, once they enter the work force. Line them up next to real dollar, and the difference is stark: 77 cents for white women; 69 cents for black women. The final dollar - so small that it can fit in a coin purse, represents 57 cents, for Latina women. More>>>  



New Report: True Impact of Foundation Investments Revealed, Fuels Millions of Jobs, Billions in Economic Activity Over Decades
The Philanthropic Collaborative published a report last month on the value of philanthropy. The first-of-its-kind analysis shows that foundation grantmaking supports millions of jobs, as well as billions of dollars in wages, GDP and tax revenues that extend for generations. Download the report here.


Massachusetts Recognizes Roe v Wade Anniversary
This month marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade. Roe v Wade did not guarantee access to abortion, and many women are unable to make the best decision for themselves and their families due to cost, geographic distance, stigma, and a broad range of systemic barriers. For many people in Massachusetts, affordable, accessible health care is still not a reality. See participating organizations and schedule here.  


The Maine Women's Fund thanks MaineShare for its ongoing support. MaineShare makes it easy to donate to more than 30 statewide organizations working every day to make Maine a better place to live. For more information, please visit the website.

On behalf of the staff and board of the Maine Women's Fund, thank you for reading and for all you do to support Maine women and girls.

Office locations:

565A Congress Street, Suite 306, Portland, ME 04101 | 43 Mechanic Street, Suite 300, Camden, ME 04843