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Welcome Development Coordinator Kathleen Pinard
Leadership Luncheon Highlights Video
Grantee Story
Remembering Nan Sawyer
Leadership Bio: Fund President Layne Gregory
Grantee & Partner News
Fund and Related News
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August 15, 2013 Rockland

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


August 16, 2013 Belfast

CEI Maine Women's Business Center hosts Waldo-Knox Women Business Owners Networking Meeting.

August 25, 2013 Old Orchard    
Rev3 sheJams Triathlon, an Olympic all-women triathlon to support Maine women and girls.


September 20, 2013 Bangor

Maine Development Foundation's 35th annual meeting. 


September 24, 2013 Portland

Portland Regional Chamber's 159th Annual Community Leadership Awards.  


October 1, 2013 Augusta

Maine Women's Lobby hosts the Maine Women's Summit on Economic Security at the Augusta Civic Center. 


Ongoing: Washington County  

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

Walmart Foundation State Giving Program   
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

Wellpoint Foundation
Healthy Generations is a multi-generational health initiative with a goal to improve the health of communities by focusing resources on improving nine key health care concerns.
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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We are having an amazing summer at the Fund! Thanks to the help of two talented interns, Meg Richardson, a senior at Smith College, and Torrie Hazlewood, a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, the Fund is tackling many research and administrative projects.

Meg Richardson (left) Torrie Hazlewood (right)


The staff welcomed a part-time development coordinator, Kathleen Pinard. Kathleen will support the cultivation and stewardship of our dedicated and generous supporters. You can read more about her below.


We also bid "farewell" to the talented, spirited, Sonya Tomlinson who has served as the Fund's Grants and Outreach Manager during the past year. She is moving on to the Telling Room where she will serve as Volunteer and Program Coordinator. We will miss her creativity, spirit, and enthusiasm and wish her well in her new endeavors!


I am very pleased to report that within a year of securing its first charitable gift annuity, the Fund has also created its inaugural

donor advised fund with a gift from a current board member. Donor advised funds allow donors or those they appoint to serve as "advisors" to recommend grants, subject to approval by the board of the Maine Women's Fund. This powerful tool gives the Fund the opportunity to help donors learn more about funding opportunities and philanthropy for women and girls in Maine - while simultaneously increasing the Fund's overall grantmaking activity and impact. Donor advised funds also offer significant tax advantages and flexibility; it is no wonder that they have become a top choice for charitable gifting. Read more about the Maine Women's Fund donor advised fund program by clicking here.


The Fund's board was treated to a dynamic conversation with

Yemaya St. Clair at its recent meeting. Yemaya and her husband, Lucas, live in Portland with their daughter. When they relocated from the Seattle area Yemaya brought along her passion for fundraising and philanthropy. The board responded enthusiastically to Yemaya's ideas, as well as highlights from

Boards on Fire, the inspiring and useful book written by her mentor, Susan Howlett.

Yemaya St. Clair at June board meeting.

We are grateful for the fabulous volunteers and donors who make our work more productive, fun and enjoyable. Below, we highlight the contributions of our board president, an exemplary volunteer if ever there was one. On behalf of Lauren, Sonya, Katie, Kathleen and myself, our thanks to you for your support of Maine women and girls.

Photo credit Jamie Bloomquist

Sarah Ruef-Lindquist 



Kathleen Pinard joined the Maine Women's Fund staff as Development Coordinator in July.


Most recently, Kathleen supported the Development efforts of LightHawk, a nonprofit that advances conservation efforts in North and Central America through the unique perspective of flight. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of City Theater in Biddeford, where she is often seen working backstage and performing onstage. She also teaches baking and culinary arts courses for Old Orchard Beach-Saco Adult Education.


After graduating from St. Joseph's College in Standish, Kathleen completed a Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality with a specialization in Spiritual Direction from Seattle University,  where she served on the Board of Directors of the Ignatian Spirituality Center.


When not in Portland, Kathleen may be found in her hometown of Biddeford at Elements, where she helps to keep the shop running smoothly while indulging in her love of used books, great coffee, local craft beer and live music.

If you weren't at our 2013 Leadership Luncheon, we hope this  highlight video gives you a sense of the stories and inspiration that we experienced. If you were there, we hope it evokes some good memories of the day. It also includes the "Save the Date" for next year's luncheon. Video production by David Meiklejohn.
Click here to watch the video.

Through a grant from the Maine Women's Fund, Women Unlimited of Augusta offered financial literacy education, wage negotiation skills, and employment training to women in correctional facilities.  Taleisha is a graduate of the Money Wise program and a resident of the Southern Maine Re-Entry Center. Taleisha spoke of her experience at our 2013 Leadership Luncheon. At the end of July, Taleisha left the Southern Maine Re-Entry Center to return home and is reportedly doing well.

Veteran TV journalist, and Maine Women's Fund Marketing Committee member, Susan Kimball produced a video report on Taleisha's story  through Kimball & Keyser.





Pictured at the 2012 Leadership Luncheon looking thoughtful, as always, is Nan Sawyer, who passed away July 4, 2013.  Many of the Fund's community knew and loved Nan, a dedicated supporter of many organizations and causes, including the Fund.  We will miss her and are inspired by her magnificent spirit and a life well-lived.




Layne Gregory

President, Maine Women's Fund Board of Directors   

Leader and fundraiser extraordinaire


Layne is known to many as the founding Executive Director of Boys to Men, a respected, established violence prevention program. For the past 6 years, Layne has been on the board of the Fund, and a leader in gifts to the annual fund as well as a member of the Leadership Gifts Committee. She has, for the past two years as Board President, taken on more prospect assignments than any other committee members, and was successful in obtaining a significant three-year pledge to help the organization during a challenging transition period. She has also been a strong advocate for increasing the Fund's resource capacity, steering it onto a new course of sustainability and impact as the sole foundation supporting programs addressing challenges to economic security for women and girls. Meanwhile, she has been responsible for raising approximately 10% of the annual fund as a volunteer.


For three years she has served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. While she serves as chair of the Board Governance Committee, ensuring its organizational integrity, PPNNE is launching a campaign to help secure access to healthcare for women across the region.

Layne has also been consistent and generous in leveraging her many relationships in the community to support the causes which she passionately supports. As people have told me on more than one occasion, ""You can't say no to Layne," attesting to her effectiveness as a genuine advocate and fundraiser for the causes she supports.  


Layne has led successful annual and campaign fundraising efforts for Cumberland County Child Abuse and Neglect Council, Youth Alternatives, Kids First, Institute for Civic Leadership and the Maine Women's Fund. She has been repeatedly successful in recruiting and motivating others to participate as volunteers and donors for these organizations as well. The Fund has been truly blessed by her dedication, passion and commitment to Maine women and girls.

Read more about all the Fund's Board Members here

Maine Women's Lobby Benefit
Florence Williams, author of BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History, is coming to The Strand in Rockland on August 15th, 2013. Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York TimesNew York Times MagazineSlate, Mother JonesHigh Country NewsO-Oprah, W., Bicycling and numerous other publications. In BREASTS, Williams set out to uncover the latest science from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause. Buy tickets here or call 207.622.0851 x22.

Save the Date:Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Augusta    
Maine Women's Lobby to host Maine Women's Summit on Economic Security, at the Augusta Civic Center. The day will be filled with stimulating discussions, interactive workshops, and engaging speakers discussing how to improve the economic security of Maine women, and by extension improve Maine's economy. The keynote speaker will be Madeleine Kunin, former governor of Vermont and author of The New Feminist Agenda. Sponsorship & advertising opportunities are available. To learn more contact Kathy at 207.622.0851 x25 or



New Coastal Studies for Girls Video 
Coastal Studies celebrates the students, staff, support, and magic that happens when girls come together to define themselves and take on the world. This new video captures the life-altering impact of its semester residency program in Freeport.

Trekkers In the News
A group of eighteen 8th grade students from midcoast Maine explore the eastern seaboard during a 14-day Trekkers' expedition. Some of their activities included an interactive visit to Perkins School for the Blind, hiking in the Berkshires, visiting the Zen Center of Pittsburgh, touring Amish Country, going zip lining and whitewater rafting. See the Bangor Daily News full article here.


Hardy Girls Healthy Women
's Successful Summer Institute
In June, thirty-five professionals from 11 different states gathered in Freeport for Hardy Girls' Third Annual Summer Institute, Navigating Girl World: Connecting the Dots... Changing the Culture. Hear what participants had to say here. 

Maine Women's Resource Center is Hiring
University of Maine's Women's Resource Center has a position opening for a Program Coordinator. See the job listing here.

Women, Work & Community's Fall Schedule  
 Women, Work and Community's class offerings include Basics of Starting A Business, Introduction to Self Employment and many more. View their entire fall 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 here.
Sarah Ruef-Lindquist (far left) with her
swim group.  

Revolution3 sheJams Triathlon
CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist will join Margaret O'Keefe, and Melissa Frederick on a relay team in the REV3 sheJAMs Triathlon on Aug. 25th at Old Orchard Beach. The REV3 sheJAMs Triathlon is a race just for women held concurrently with the nationally organized REVOLUTION3 Triathlon. All funds raised will benefit Women, Work & Community and Girls on the Run-Maine. Sarah is the opening leg for Team POWER - leading with a .9 mile ocean swim. Also participating are grantees Women, Work & Community. Gilda Nardone, Laurie McDonnell and Gigi Guyton will make up Team WWC.  
Former board member Carol Andreae (left) and founding mother Tracy Booth (right). 

Gathering of the Board, Former Board and Legacy Society Members
Board President Layne Gregory hosted a lively and celebratory evening to reconnect the Fund's board, former board and legacy society members. The event recalled the building of the Fund, the vision of the founding mothers and exciting plans for the future. Check out photos from the event here.

Prudential Leadership Awards for Exceptional Nonprofit Boards 
Can your organization use $15,000? In recognition of the critical role that boards play in overseeing their organizations' missions, finances, and strategic directions, BoardSource and Prudential proudly announce the 2013 Prudential Leadership Awards for Exceptional Nonprofit Boards. Grand prize of $15,000 and two $3,000 honorable mentions. Application deadline is August 23, 2013. Learn more here


Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund
Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion. The application for the 2014 school year will be available on November 1, 2013. Click here to view an informational video about guidelines and frequently asked questions. 



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 | 41 Mechanic Street, Suite 328, Camden, ME 04843