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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events
Meet Georgia Nigro
Inside Anne Taintor's Studio
Grantee & Partner News
In the News
Planned Giving Course for Grantees at USM
2013 Leadership Luncheon
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Through July 21, 2013: Portland 

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


April 21, 2013 Orono
Lecture and recital celebrating Dorothy Dushkin.

April 26, 2013 Waterville
MANP Leadership Conference.Building Common Ground: Nonprofit Leadership in Cross-Sector Collaboration.

April 30, 2013 Freeport 

Anatomy of a Partnership: Funders and Nonprofits Collaborating for New Solutions

May 4, 2013 Portland
A Celebration of Growth, Fifteen Years of Boys to Men. Silent and live auction. 

Ongoing: Washington County  

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

Seeks Nomination for Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence.
Deadline: April 30, 2013

Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program
Deadline: April 30, 2013 
Ben & Jerry's Foundation
Seeks proposals for social and environmental justice projects.  
Deadline: May 1, 2013

Frances Hollis Brain Foundation

Seeks proposals that increase access to health care, support human services, provide access to educational opportunities.

Deadline: May 1, 2013 

Seeks proposals for woman to woman support groups.
Deadline: May 1, 2013 

Seeks proposals from emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence to create space to house pets of domestic violence victims on-site.
Deadline: May 15, 2013

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

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

Deadline: August 2, 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 
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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Last week, I attended the Blaine House Tea that commemorates Sexual Assault Awareness month and provides an opportunity to recognize those who respond to survivors and address law enforcement and policy issues. I was inspired to learn that honoree and Cumberland County deputy district attorney Meg Elam is working to change the Maine criminal statute on prostitution. Her goal: to afford greater protections to victims of sex trafficking and those participating in prostitution under duress.    


When I congratulated Meg, she said, "I'm really just doing my job." But since when is getting an amendment to a statute the job of state attorneys? Meg shrugged when I suggested as much, admitting that her work on this issue goes above and beyond her professional duty as a DA. The way I see it, she's  a terrific example of a woman "leaning in" just as Sheryl Sandberg encourages all women to do in her new book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.


That's also what I find amazing about the work of the Fund. Everyone is leaning in, but they're doing it for others, rather than just for themselves. The Fund has volunteers who lean in on a regular basis, whether it's on the Fund board, on one of our many committees, or by helping out at our Leadership Luncheon on May 23rd. All of the participants in our Needs Assessment conversations - in 14 counties! - leaned in, helping us to better understand the regional challenges to economic security for women and girls.  


All these volunteers are leaders who do what they do for the good of Maine. They, like you, go above and beyond. Like you, they lean in. And for that, we thank you. We couldn't do it without you.



Sarah Ruef-Lindquist


The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

Here are some resources and events:

Participate in the SAAM campaign with a downloadable toolkit from National Sexual Violence Resource Center. More >>>

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault joins forces with the Portland Pirates for Ice Out Sexual Assault. More >>>

Sexual Assault Response Services hosts the 32nd annual Take Back the Night Rally in Monument Square. More >>>

Rape Response Services will be present at several downtown Bangor locations. More >>>
USM's Campus Safety Project will be sponsoring several events throughout the month.  More >>>

SAVES, Franklin County's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services has a full schedule of events. More >>>

See a full list of statewide events compiled by MECASA.
 More >>>


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

I was recruited to the board by the indefatigable board president Layne Gregory. Layne and I worked together on a project when she was executive director of Boys to Men, an organization devoted to the healthy, nonviolent development of boys. Like Layne, the gender lens that drew me to work on boys also compelled me to get involved with the Maine Women's Fund. I have taught the psychology of women and gender for years, and I have always cared deeply about the activist roots of this academic field. Being active in the Fund community grounds me.


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

I see a connection between having an income and having a voice in the family and in a democratic society. That is why economic security is so important to me. When we educate girls and women and empower them financially through local, small-scale initiatives, we give them the tools to correct the injustices in their own lives and in the lives of others around them. I see the Fund's grantmaking as seeding change on many levels.


Anne will receive the Tribute to Women in Industry Award at our Leadership Luncheon next month.

Members of our Marketing and Luncheon Planning Committees, journalist Susan Kimball and filmmaker David Meiklejohn, had the exciting opportunity to interview Anne Taintor at work in her studio.  
More photos here!

Join Hardy Girls Healthy Women for Portland's Girls Unlimited! Conference: Powered By Girl, to be held at University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine, on April 27th from 9am to 2pm. Register today! 
The Community Schools at Opportunity Farm and Camden hosts their 5th annual Dancing with the Local Stars fundraiser on Friday, April 26th at the Strom Auditorium in Camden. Purchase tickets here.
Women, Work and Community plans Totally Trades!, a hands-on, day-long event designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men on Wednesday, April 24th, on the Northern Maine Community College campus in Presque Isle. More information and registration details here.
Maine Philanthropy Award Nomination  
Congratulations to our very own Sarah Ruef-Lindquist on her nomination for a Maine Philanthropy Award and an additional congratulations to the award recipient Stanley Marshall. The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College runs the Maine Philanthropy Awards program to recognize outstanding community members and philanthropists who serve as excellent role models for Colby College students.

Expanding Your Horizons A Success  for Maine Girls 
UMaine's daylong symposium introducing girls to STEM programming gets a great write-up in the Bangor Daily News. More >>> 
Ms. Foundation Celebrates 40 years 
On May 13, 2013 Ms. Foundation will host the Gloria Awards: A Salute to Women of Vision gala which will also celebrate the Ms. Foundation for Women's 40th Anniversary. President and CEO Anika Rahman and Co-Founding mother Gloria Steinem will co-host. 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 University of Southern Maine are pleased to offer: Introduction to Planned Giving April 23 & 24, 2013 Click here for more information.


Thanks to our sponsors.

Cornerstone Sponsor 
Melanie and Eliot Cutler

Donald Sussman and Hon. Chellie Pingree

TD Bank  


Priority Learning   


Exclusive Underwriters

Bangor Savings Bank 

Pierce Atwood  


Benefactor Sponsor

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney 

Spinnaker Trust  


Supporter Sponsors
Gayle Brazeau

Baker Newman Noyes 

Bernstein Shur 

Eaton Peabody 

Friend Sponsors

Bath Savings Institution  

Budget Fabulous Films  

CBRE|The Boulos Company 

DiMillo's On the Water 

Diversified Communications 

Harraseeket Inn  

Law Offices of Joe Bornstein  

Maine Community Foundation 

Maine Initiatives 

Norway Savings Bank 

The Opportunity Alliance 

Plastic and Hand Surgical Associates 

Starting Point Ops 

The VIA Agency


In-Kind Contributors

Bam Bam Bakery 

Falmouth Flowers and Gifts 

Heather Caron Floral Design 

The Holy Donut 


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