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A Visit to the Mississippi Women's Fund
We're Hiring
Meet Board Member Kate O'Halloran
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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.  


November 7, 2013 Portland 

MANP's Community Catalyst Celebration honoring Maddy Corson. Registration information coming soon.


Rines/Thomspon Fund 
provides funding primarily for the benefit of the greater Portland community in the areas of the environment, early childhood and youth programming and arts and culture.
Deadline: September 15, 2013


Improving Maine's regional and statewide economy through economic development, workforce development, and demographic and entrepreneurial health.
Deadline: October 1, 2013 


Accepting Applications for Community Action Grants. Deadline: January 15, 2014

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  
Axiom Technologies offers free computer classes.  Click here for a list of classes and registration details.  

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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The Fund could not do the work of addressing challenges to economic security for women and girls without the many volunteers who contribute countless hours. The board is key among those volunteers. This month we welcome five new members to the board of the Maine Women's Fund. The board is a group of dynamic leaders from across the state, dedicated to a just and caring society in which Maine women and girls thrive, and the Fund is so very fortunate to have their volunteer leadership. The new members are:
  • Rebecca Andreozzi,of Bethel, Associate Director of Admissions at Gould Academy
  • Joyce Clark-Sarnacki of Hampden, Executive Vice President at Bangor Savings Bank
  • Catherine Richards Olney of Freeport, community leader
  • Natalie Solotoff of Portland, CPA and Tax Manager at Baker Newman Noyes
  • Sarah Strickland of Robbinston, organizational consultant

Representing six of Maine's counties, the Fund's board members bring their passions, talents and wisdom to the Fund to ensure its sound fiscal and operational health.


We are proud to share stories about our board members so the Fund community can better know who they are. This month we share an interview of Kate O'Halloran of Fairfield, who joined the board in 2012, and has served on the board of Hardy Girls Healthy Women in Waterville, and others. Read more about Kate below and look for more stories about the Fund's board members in the coming months. If you missed the stories about Marilyn Bronzi, Robin Lin Hodgskin, Melinda Shain, Layne Gregory, Georgia Nigro or Clara Porter in issues earlier this year, you will find them in our e-news archive, and a complete description of the board, with photos, on the Fund's website.

In August I was privileged to travel to Jackson, Mississippi to present ideas and information about how the Women's Fund of Mississippi can build their sustainability through planned giving. Theirs is another great example of how a group of committed volunteers, including board and former board members, and staff work together to address the challenges to economic security in their part of the world. Read more about my experience below.


Thank you for all you do to support the economic security of Maine women and girls. We couldn't do it without you.



Photo credit Jamie Bloomquist
Sarah Ruef-Lindquist 



CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist with board, staff and donors
of the Women's Fund of Mississippi

On August 22, 2013, Maine Women's Fund CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist was the guest speaker at two sessions presented by the Women's Fund of Mississippi entitled "Combining Passions and Planning: Creating a Meaningful Legacy Through Thoughtful Financial and Estate Planning" where the Women's Fund of Mississippi brought together more than a dozen current and former board members and donors to explore building the sustainability of the Fund through planned giving.


Prior to joining the Maine Women's Fund in 2012, Ruef-Lindquist practiced law, was a trust administrator for a local bank and a philanthropic advisor and consultant with an expertise in planned giving. She was invited by the Women's Fund of Mississippi to share the benefit of that expertise to support their efforts to increase planned giving activity to build their long-term, invested funds.


She shared some of her thoughts on and experience of cases where donors' planning and passions intersect with the missions and visions of organizations to create lasting legacies and build organizational sustainability. The Women's Fund of Mississippi will continue to pursue building their capacity for planned giving with consultant support, and the Maine Women's Fund will continue to be a resource as well. Ruef-Lindquist says, "Whenever we can share what we know will create a strong, bright future for  the work of supporting economic security for women and girls, we will do so as best we can.  It's a great example of women helping women at a very high level and our board and staff support our sharing with our sister Ffund in Mississippi."

The Maine Women's Fund has two part-time job openings. Please see full job descriptions and details below.
Grants Coordinator 
The Maine Women's Fund seeks an independent contractor to coordinate the Fund's grantmaking. This position reports to the COO, works closely with the CEO and all staff. Hours will average 16/week, flexible schedule, with more hours during peak months (typically Jan-March) and fewer throughout the remainder of the year. Start date: September 30, 2013. See full description here.

Communications and Events Coordinator The Maine Women's Fund seeks an energetic and driven team member to manage communications and the design, planning and oversight of the Fund's signature fundraising event, the annual Leadership Luncheon. Based in Portland, this position reports to the COO, works closely with the CEO and all staff, and is a 24-hour/week, salaried position. Hours are flexible over 3-5 days/week, with more hours required in weeks prior to May event. Start date: September 30, 2013. See full description here.
No phone calls please. Application review will begin on Thursday, September 5th and continue until the positions are filled. 


Kate O'Halloran 

CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist spoke with board member Kate O'Halloran about what compels her to devote her time and resources to the Fund. Kate, a native of Waterville,  lives in Fairfield with her husband Silas Lawry and their two dogs. She is the Director of Development and Alumni Connections at Carrabassett Valley Academy.

Why do you support the Fund?

My reasons are both personal and professional. Professionally, as a fundraiser, I've been able to witness the true power of philanthropy and how gratifying it is when you can inspire a group to come together and give what is right for each of them. The collective power and energy that comes is really energizing, and together, those gifts really do make a difference.


Personally, I have nine nieces from age 13 - 30 in Maine, and I want to be sure I do whatever I can to make this the best place for them to live, work, and play now and for decades to come.


What do you enjoy about board service?

I have and continue to serve on many boards, like Hardy Girls, Healthy Women, Central Maine Youth Hockey, and the Mid Maine Global Forum. The Maine Women's Fund board is my favorite as I love the diversity of the members which often leads to candid, comprehensive discussions conducted in a thoughtful and respectful way, all with the goal of supporting the Fund's great work.


I am always energized by Fund board meetings, and I respect and admire my fellow board members who are forthcoming about how challenging it is to be professionals and support their families and communities all at the same time. All are willing to help and have signed-up for the heavy lifting that the Fund needs now. That motivates me to carve out the time and energy that this work demands.


What do you know about the Fund that you think most people don't, and should?

Honestly, its very existence and how unique our work is in Maine. The regional needs assessment process is a great example of how we strive to stay in touch with the community and match our resources to the needs, which is an insightful approach to grantmaking. I love how hard we work at being really intentional and deliberate to give the right grant to the right group to make the biggest impact. Donors should feel very good about how their precious resources are being allocated!


What is your vision for the Fund?

Quoting Eleanor Roosevelt, "If you prepare yourself at every point as well as you can, you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears," which is what I see the Fund doing now. We are gathering the best people across the state to serve on the board and committees, preparing ourselves for great opportunity to do even more important work fueled through understanding both the need and our ability to secure the resources to meet those needs. We are committed to building a sustainable, long-term funding stream to really make a difference and impact multiple generations of women and girls. The needs assessment, our planned giving work and soon, a capital campaign - all of that is geared toward our being "ready to roar."  


Read more about all the Fund's Board Members here


Maine Initiatives is Hiring

Maine Initiatives is a grantmaking foundation dedicated to social, economic, and environmental justice.The board of directors of Maine Initiatives seeks outstanding candidates for the executive director position who are passionate about strategic grassroots social change. See full listing here.

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

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 


Revolution3 sheJams Triathlon A Success 
On Aug. 25th at Old Orchard Beach, CEO Sarah Ruef-Lindquist and teammates Courtney Kennedy, and Melissa Frederick participated in the REV3 sheJAMs Triathlon. Their team placed second out of eighteen in their division.  All funds raised benefited Women, Work & Community and Girls on the Run-Maine. 

National Girls Collaborative Project
Increasing Equity and Diversity in the STEM Workforce: Issue and Strategies

In this webinar, participants will gain a better understanding of the issues that impede efforts to diversify the STEM workforce and learn strategies that can promote equity, fairness, and diversity in their programs and professional interactions as role models. Dr. Kimberly Tanner, Director of the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL), will present findings from research on why talented individuals leave the biological sciences, as well as examples of successful efforts and problematic attempts towards diversifying the biological sciences. Kimberly Bryant, Founder of BlackGirlsCode, will present information on the racial and socioeconomic digital divide and resources for computer science programs. Register here

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 3:00 PM Eastern


The 21st Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service 
The University of Maine School of Law is pleased to welcome Judge Nancy Gertner to present the 21st annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service. Judge Gertner, a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School, served for seventeen years as federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Prior to her judicial appointment, she practiced law in the areas of civil rights and criminal defense, and has been a strong advocate for women's rights. Admission is free but seating is limited. Please register by calling 207-780-4344 or emailing
 Monday, October 21, 2013 | 7:30 pm | Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Education Center | 88 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine 
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