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Through July 21, 2013: Portland 

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


February 8, 2013: Orono

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


February 12, 2013: Scarborough

Maine Women's Network hosts: "How to Perfect Your Elevator Speech" featuring Mandy Schumaker.    


February 21: Webinar
Hardy Girls Healthy Women presents "Girlfighting: Myths, Realities, and Solutions" with Lyn Mikel Brown. 


March 1, 2013: Machias
Machias Revitalization Committee hosts a listening session for business owners and managers in Machias. 9am,Helen's Resturant,
111 Main Street, Machias. RSVP by February 20th to 207- 263-8859

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.     


March 20, 2013: Portland

Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women's rights advocate will deliver the 2013 Justice for Women Lecture. 


UMaine Orono "Caregivers Conference: For Those Who Care For The Ones They Love."  


Ongoing: Washington County  

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

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

We invite you to visit the
resources section of our website.



January and February are proving to be extremely busy and exciting at the Maine Women's Fund. We have received grant applications for this year's Economic Security Initiative and will be announcing our awardees in March. Through those applications we are allowed a glimpse of the work that is being done to optimize the prospect of an economically secure state for women and girls.


We are currently in the midst of more than a dozen regional needs assessment community meetings that are taking place through February. We will have gathered findings from Springvale in York County to Bangor in Penobscot County, and from Trescott in Washington County to Bethel in Oxford County. Just this week we added meetings in Aroostook and Piscataquis counties as well. We owe a debt of gratitude to the fantastic, dedicated volunteers who are making these possible. What the resulting information can do to help the Fund understand the needs of women and girls across the state is priceless. The fact that people are gathering to talk and listen is helping many to have a voice in making their community's particular needs known. Read more about when and where these gatherings are taking place by clicking here.


Our board also met with a group of former board members and Friends of the Future to share news of the planning that is underway to substantially increase - and make permanent - the Fund's ability to invest in the power and potential of women and girls in Maine. We were fortunate to have leadership from all generations of the Fund's 24 years, including a founding mother, along with nine of our thirteen board members. Wonderful memories of our past as well as energetic ideas for the future were exchanged amongst past, current and future leadership who discussed the shared vision and the work to fulfill it. They are an inspiring group of women.  


And lest we forget, the Leadership Luncheon is fast approaching on May 23, 2013. It promises to be a very, very good day for Maine women and girls as we celebrate the leaders and thoughtful work of grantees that make Maine the great state that it is. We hope to see you there!



Sarah Ruef-Lindquist



On V-Day's 15th Anniversary, February 14th, a global movement is inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence against women.

Click here for a list of participatingOne Billion Rising
events in Maine and New Hampshire.

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The Maine Women's Fund is in the process of a statewide needs assessment. We are engaging community members who are interested and involved in the issues that the Fund seeks to address through grantmaking. We want your "on the ground" perspective of what challenges women and girls in your region face when it comes to economic security.

In January we conducted meetings in seven counties: Washington, Penobscot, Hancock, Adroscoggin, Cumberland, Lincoln and Oxford. See the remaining February meetings here. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Are you an entrepreneur who would like input from other professional women on a specific business topic? Then join Women Standing Together at Calling all Women Entrepreneurs. Participants will have 25 minutes to share the high points of their organization and engage in an interactive, round table discussion with WST member advisors about opportunities and challenges on the horizon. Details here.

Maine Women's Fund is a sponsor for Hardy Girls Healthy Women and Boys to Men, Reel Deal Film Series:  How the Media is Raising our Children.  The series will take place from 6:00-8:00pm at the Portland Public Library. The films include: Bro-Code:  2/27/13,  Miss Representation: 3/6/13 and Not Just a Game: 3/12/13. Each film will be followed by a panel discussion.  Theses events are free and open to the public. Registration here. View the trailer for Miss Representation below.

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013 the Maine Women's Network will host Dr. Dorothy Foote of The Community Schools at Opportunity Farm and Camden.  Details here.

On Saturday, February 16, 2013 Lincoln County Spark is hosting its first-ever SnowBall and Silent Auction to raise funds and awareness for New Hope for Women. Details here.

Maine NEW Leadership announces their Summer Institute at the University of Maine in Orono from May 30 to June 4, 2013. Details and application here.

Reminder to current freshman girls - Coastal Studies School for Girls priority deadline for fall 2013 and spring 2014 is March 15, 2013. Details and application here.

Several of Maine Women's Fund's grantees appear on the ballot for Bangor Savings Bank's Community Matters Most contest. Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will give a total of $100,000 to 68 local non-profit organizations. Cast your vote here.

J. Scott Applewhite | AP 

Collins and King co-sponsor new effort to fund Violence Against Women Act

The act, first passed in 1994 and reauthorized in 2000 and 2005, expired in September 2011. It aims to strengthen criminal justice and community responses to domestic violence. More>>>

Portland's Compass Project announces that the After School Girls Group will build a Nez Perce 13' skiff. The Cultural Immersion through Boatbuilding and Oar Making program unites local, home schooled girls with immigrant girls currently attending Portland High School. This able crew, with the guidance of boat builder Wendy West and a dedicated group of volunteers, will take on the Ken Swan designed skiff. More>>>


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.

Thanks to our 2013 Leadership Luncheon media sponsors.     


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