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Meet Board Member Robin Lin Hodgskin
Anne Taintor Caption Contest Results
Anne Taintor Studio Tour
Grantee & Partner News
Fund News
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July 14-19, 2013
Grab the Torch: Leadership, Ethics and Philanthropy Institute is a six day overnight camp experience providing in-depth insight into nonprofits and foundations for freshmen in high school through freshmen in college.

July 22, 2013 Waterville
Girl Rising: a feature film about the power of education to change a girl.  
August 4-9, 11-16, 2013 Machias 
Maine Environmental Summer Session for Youth (MESSY): UMaine Machias overnight summer camp engages in hands-on learning that is focused on environmental education, stewardship, and sustainability.
Grades 6-12.

August 15, 2013 Rockland

BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History. An evening with author Florence Williams.  


Ongoing: Washington County  

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

Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program

Funds full-time economic empowerment coordinator positions in domestic violence victim service agencies.     

Deadline: July 12, 2013    


Funding to address critical needs such as  food and shelter,  financial wellness and stability issues facing low-income communities. 

Deadline: August 2, 2013     


Grants available to nonprofits in for programs in education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, health, and hunger relief.   

Deadline: August 9, 2013   

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

Pollination Project Seed Grants for Social Entrepreneurs
Individuals working to make their community and the world a better place in the areas of arts and culture, community health and wellness, the environment, and justice.
Deadline: Open

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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Summer in Maine has arrived in all its glory! We here at the Fund are glad for the warmer weather and anticipating some long-awaited vacations to enjoy the season with family and friends, and hope you are too.


Last month's newsletter highlighted the story of Kaila, a student of the Passages Program at The Community Schools at Opportunity Farm and Camden, who spoke at the Leadership Luncheon in May. We are pleased to report her successful graduation from Passages and her plans to continue on to nursing school. Congratulations, Kaila!

Kaila's mother Michelle and Kaila. Courtesy The Community Schools
The Passages Program is a great example of the work of the Fund. As we meet with people across Maine to learn more about the needs of women and girls and talk about programs like Passages, we share how innovative programs address critical needs. We also learn about additional needs that lack innovative programs. We will reconvene our Needs Assessment groups across Maine this fall and winter, thanks in part to a generous grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. Do you want to be part of a conversation to help the Fund understand the needs of women and girls in your region? Or maybe you would like to volunteer in some other way to support the work of the Fund? If so, please let us know by clicking here and completing a volunteer survey.

On behalf of the Fund's board, staff, volunteers and grantees, thank you for all you do to help support economic security for women and girls across Maine. We couldn't do it without you.

Sarah Ruef-Lindquist 
Courtesy Jamie Bloomquist





Senior Vice President

Financial Advisor in Portland


CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist interviewed Robin Lin Hodgskin about joining the Fund board when she moved to Maine from Marblehead, Massachusetts, to be a branch manager for her investment firm. After a hiatus, she has returned to the board as of September 2012 and currently chairs the Investment Committee and serves on the Development Committee.


How did you get involved in the Fund?

I had been involved in the Marblehead community and was glad to be asked to join the Fund's Investment Committee, which ultimately led to an invitation to join the board. I found there a really engaging group of women who used a decision-making method that was captivating and foreign to me: consensus. It was definitely not the "top-down" kind of decision-making to which I was accustomed professionally, and I found it extremely refreshing. It helped all involved in the conversation to feel valued and resulted in better outcomes.


With a three, six and nine year-old at the time, I decided to focus my attention on them, and left the board, but stayed on the Investment Committee. When my youngest graduated from high school, I wanted to be involved in the areas most important to me: my church, my college and helping women. Getting involved in programs like Women Standing Together, then through the Fund, aligned with my core values of women helping women.


You have been on the Investment Committee the entire time, haven't you?

Yes, I could manage the time commitment and liked staying involved in that critical area of Fund operations, which happens to be my profession.


What is your vision for the Fund?

I want to see the Fund be that strong, sustainable community that makes a difference for women and girls employing the thoughtful process, positive energy and great results I find so rewarding. I see the Fund fulfilling that vision, and I am really excited to be a part of it.


Read more about the Fund's Board Members here

Artist and entrepreneur Anne Taintor of Lewiston was presented with the Tribute to Women in Industry Award at the 2013 Leadership Luncheon.

Every month Anne gives her website visitors a chance to exercise their wit in a monthly caption contest. This year's luncheon attendees were asked to try their hand in an exclusive Leadership Luncheon Caption Contest. Each entry was read personally by Anne. And the winners are...


Congratulations to first place winner Heidi Roberts of Steep Falls for the winning caption, "However on earth did you find me here?".   


Additional kudos goes to Jean McDevitt of Portland for her runner-up caption, "I love being an aunt!".


Learn more about Anne Taintor while taking a video tour of her studio produced by Susan Kimball and David Meiklejohn.  

Trekkers Graduation

On Monday, June 3rd,Trekkers held a graduation ceremony for 19 graduating seniors who completed the six-year youth mentoring program. Read about this class' experience through Trekkers' expedition Trip Logs. >>>More

Passages Graduation

On Saturday, June 15th,The Community Schools at Opportunity Farm and Camden held a graduation for 13 participants of the Passages program. Read more about their individual stories in their graduation news. >>>More

Hardy Girls Healthy Women Announces Interim President
Offering 23 years of experience providing executive counsel to the leadership of a wide range of non-profit organizations, Mary Fifield has been named Hardy Girls Healthy Women's Interim President. >>>More

Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop 
On August 1st, Women, Work & Community's Presque Isle Career Center will offer this one-session workshop that will help participants decide if self-employment is the right choice. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help create success. >>>More  View Women, Work and Community's entire schedule here  

MaineShare's Virtual Hike & Bike
Support our partner, MaineShare by participating in the 6th annual Smaller Footprint Hike and Bike. You will choose your own hike, bike ride, or walk and raise money for MaineShare. With this virtual event there are no expenses involved or resources used so every dollar goes to MaineShare. Start and finish your hike or bike anywhere you want between now and Labor Day. Getting started is easy. It easy and quick to create your online personal fundraising page. >>>More

Women & the New Economy 
CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist and COO Lauren Dietlin attended the Women's Funding Network's inaugural Women & the New Economy regional symposium in Boston, Massachusetts in June with other Women's Funding Network Northeast Regional Network members. This was the first of three regional symposia that the Women's Funding Network will be holding across the country in 2013.  Learn more about the program 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.

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565A Congress Street, Suite 306, Portland, ME 04101 | 41 Mechanic Street, Suite 328, Camden, ME 04843