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Girl Model Movie Screening at Space Gallery
Meet Clara Porter
Celebrate Women's History Month with Makers PBS Documentary
Grantee & Partner News
Save the Date: Leadership Luncheon
Two Planned Giving Training Opportunities for Grantees
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Through July 21, 2013: Portland 

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


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.    


March 16: Augusta

24th Annual Maine Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony and gala celebration.  


CA$H will provide free tax preparation services and asset-building resources at Houlton Higher Education Center.

March 20, 2013: Westbrook

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."    


March 30, 2013: Portland

"Women's Art and the Art of Philanthropy" talk by Nancy Foss at the Portland Museum of Art. 


April 6, 2013: Portland 

Who Changes the World? Girls! A workshop for building online girl activist communities for young women ages 15-23. Offered by Hardy Girls Healthy Women.  


April 6, 2013: Portland 

Building the Global Girl Revolution talk with activist Shelby Knox.  


Ongoing: Washington County  

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

Maine Community Foundation's Deadline: March 15, 2013

Accepting applications from nonprofit organizations working to improve the emotional and financial well-being of women and children.
Deadline: March 31, 2013

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Community Development (Housing) Deadline: May 10, 2013
Critical Needs (Hunger)   

Deadline: August 2, 2013     


Ben & Jerry's Foundation
Seeks Proposals for social and environmental justice projects.  
Deadline: May 1, 2013
Ronald McDonald House Charities Seeks proposals for projects to benefit children's health.  
Deadline: August 23, 2013

American Honda Foundation Invites applications for STEM programs.
Deadline: Rolling

Kellogg Foundation Invites Applications for programs that engage youth and communities in learning opportunities.
Deadline: Open

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust Seeks proposals for youth development programs.  
Deadline: Open 
April 3, 2013:
Parents & Teachers: Identifying & Preventing Six Cyberbullying Tactics
with Kay Stephens.

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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March is a big month for the Fund. Our Grants Committee makes its recommendations on this year's round of economic security grant applications. As usual, we received an array of applications from organizations doing great work across the state to support economic security for women and girls. This year, we also benefited from significant community input in our statewide Needs Assessment process. Community leaders participated in 14 meetings, from Aroostook to York County, to share their insights on the specific needs of local women and girls. 

Very shortly, the Board will use that information, as well as the Grants Committee's recommendations, to determine which grant applications to fund this year. This process allows us to see the good work that is being done across the state, as well as to understand the needs of Maine women and girls more fully. At the same time, the work done by these organizations to effect social change inspires the staff, board and community of the Fund to do all that we can to increase resources for their programs.

And it is that inspiration that we will share with you at the Leadership Luncheon on May 23rd, when we will feature our grantees, as well as five amazing Maine women:
  • Samantha Appleton, the Camden photojournalist whose work documenting the Obama administration and covering foreign conflicts has brought her international recognition;
  • Anne Taintor, the Auburn native whose satirical creative work makes us laugh at the roles society has offered to women; and
  • Julia Bluhm, Izzy Labbe and Maya Brown, Waterville members of Hardy Girls, Healthy Women's Sparks Project who successfully challenged the manipulation of images of girls in Seventeen magazine.
Please plan to join us on May 23rd. We know you, too, will be inspired by these Maine women. 


Sarah Ruef-Lindquist


Girl Model Official Trailer
Girl Model Official Trailer
Maine Women's Fund and Hardy Girls Healthy Women are co-sponsoring a screening of Girl Model, a documentary film featuring two protagonists: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen-year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career.

Followed by Q&A with filmmakers Ashley Sabin and David Redmon. 
Space Gallery, 538 Congress Street, Portland
Friday 03.15.2013, Doors at 7:00 PM, Starts at 7:30 PM
$7 / $5 for SPACE Members and Students w/ ID, All Ages


How did you get involved with the Maine Women's Fund?

When I first moved to Maine in '99 someone suggested that the best place to meet activist women was the Maine Women's Fund annual fundraiser, Evening to Honor Maine Women and Girls.  I went that fall, met great women who introduced me to the New Girls' Network with which I helped organize the first Brew Girls event and launch the New Girls' Grantmaking program.


Why is economic security for Maine women and girls important to you?

For me this work is both personal and political. As a mother of two girls and as someone who has worked for years in violence prevention and response, I see the impacts and potential impacts of a lack of economic security very clearly.  We know that in any country and community in the world, women are the key to cohesion and economic stability.  When we cannot access economic options either because of violence in our lives, a lack of childcare options, or wage discrimination our communities suffer.  When we impact these issues in a comprehensive way the change in women's lives is both immediate and enduring.  We have the organizations in Maine who know how to do this work.  What they need is sustained support and that is what the Maine Women's Fund seeks to provide.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America - PBS Official Trailer PBS is streaming, MAKERS: Women Who Make America a documentary that tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It's a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. 
Women, Work, and Community's ALL for Women: Aroostook Leadership & Learning conference will be held on Friday, March 29, 2013 from 9:30am-3:00pm at TAMC in Presque Isle. Details and registration here

Also from Women, Work, and Community's Aroostook County center, applications for a marketing mini-grant are due March 15, 2013.Two types of mini-grants are available: cash grants of up to $400 and advertising grants with WAGM-TV. Individual entrepreneurs and small businesses with four or fewer employees may apply. For more information contact Women, Work, and Community at 764-0050 or email
A contra dance fundraiser to benefit The Rig in Camden will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 7-10pm at the Rockport Opera House. More information and ticket info here. 


Women Standing Together Leadership Series: As a leader, there are times when you need to tap your inner rock star. It could be a presentation to the executive team, the pitch to land your next client or a job interview. At this Leadership Session, you will share your thoughts on how to harness your power when heading into that important meeting or challenging situation. March 20, 2013, 12-1:30pm, United Way of Greater Portland, 1 Canal Plaza, Portland. 

Coastal Studies for Girls is now offering Summer Programs for girls, women, and educators from June through August. Visit Coastal Studies website for details.

Maine NEW Leadership announces their Summer Institute at the University of Maine in Orono from May 30 to June 4, 2013. Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by March 21, 2013. Details and application here. 


Congratulations to Hardy Girls Healthy Women co-founder, Dr. Lyn Mikel Brown, who will be inducted into the Maine Women's Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Jewett Hall at the University of Maine at Augusta. For more information, please contact Sally Ann Parks, chair for Hall of Fame, P O Box 84, Hinckley, ME 04944; (207) 453-6004. 


Additional congratulations to Megan Williams, president of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, for being selected as this year's recipient of the 'Rising Star Award,' given to a Mid-Maine Chamber member under the age of 40 who illustrates business success and community involvement. 


In other HGHW news, Girls Rock Weekend is quickly approaching on April 5, 2013. Details and registration here.



Thanks to our 2013 Leadership Luncheon sponsors
Cornerstone Level
Eliot and Melanie Cutler, Mainebiz, Maine Magazine, Priority Learning, S. Donald Sussman
Exclusive Underwriters
Bangor Savings Bank, Pierce Atwood
Benefactor Level
Spinnaker Trust
Supporter Level 
Baker Newman Noyes, Bernstein Shur, Gayle Brazeau, Tambrands, Inc. a Procter & Gamble Co., Trillium Asset Management
Friend Level 
CBRE|The Boulos Company, DiMillo's Floating Restaurant, Diversified Communications, Maine Community Foundation, Maine Initiatives, The VIA Agency 
Walmart Foundation Awards $2.5 Million for Career Services for Women 
Dress for Success Worldwide, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire, has announced an additional $2.5 million in funding from the Walmart Foundation to expand a program for unemployed and underemployed women.  More>>>
Public-Private Partnership Launched to Expand Access to Contraceptives
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a public-private partnership to expand access to a contraceptive implant for more than 27 million women in low-income countries. 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.  


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