November 2015 Table of Contents
Message from the CEO
2014-15 Report to the Community
Women of Maine: Highlighting Triumphs from Around the State
Making Change for Good: Grantee Presentations
Letter of Interest Application Now Available
Win a Cake: MWF on MPBN
News, Grant Opportunities & Events

Every November, I find myself saying "Can it really be almost time for the holidays? Almost the end of the year? Not possible!" and yet, it is! Summer was barely behind us when our board came together for its annual retreat in early October and spent time thoughtfully considering the Fund's grant program. 
We also have been gathering together 26 years of board leadership to reflect on the past, celebrate our successes and plan for the future. The conversations are so inspiring, as is their continued dedication to the Fund's work.
A group of board members and donors also gathered for a morning at our new auditorium facility in Falmouth to hear great stories of the work being done by four grantees: Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, New Ventures, Maine (formerly Women, Work and Community), Wayfinder Schools and Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Read more about it below.
In the midst of that, we are excited to have produced a newly interactive, annual Report to the Community that tells the story of the Fund, it's grantees and those celebrated with awards in 2015. A link is provided here.
And, of course, because the calendar year-end is fast approaching, we will ask you, our community, to generously support the work of the Fund with a gift to the Annual Fund. Your generosity enables our staff to produce a sell-out Leadership Luncheon, provide technical assistance to grantees doing amazing work with and for Maine women and girls, administer our Economic Security Initiative grant program, and engage the community to build philanthropy to tackle the challenges Maine women and girls face and the programs that help them thrive, so communities prosper. If you'd rather not wait until you receive a letter, please click here to make a gift on-line now, or mail your check to 74 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 04105. 
As you gather with friends, family or in nature to celebrate the bounty of the harvest, we, too, give thanks for all you do for Maine women and girls!


Sarah Ruef-Lindquist 
We have another amazing year of successes to report for fiscal year 2014-2015 on behalf of the Fund, all of which were made possible with the generous support of corporate, foundation and individual philanthropists, like you.  
Women of Maine: Highlighting Triumphs from Around the State
Antonia Caruso began dieting in fifth grade and by her freshmen year of high school had reduced her caloric intake to 500 calories per day and her five-foot, five-inch frame to a dangerous 92 pounds. After hospitalization and treatment, and under the careful supervision of a nutritionist, Caruso regained her strength, resumed a regular routine and started cheerleading. As a sport, cheering depends on strength, flexibility and agility much like gymnastics. Caruso decided she needed to increase her strength and went to her high school weightlifting room. From there Caruso found a series of mentors, each of whom has helped her safely gain strength both physically and mentally.

Anorexia affects between 0.5 - 1% of women in the United States, according to the National Eating Disorder Association and has one of the highest mortality rates of any diagnosed mental illness. Participation in sports and physical activity helps improve the health and well-being of girls and women. The Women's Sports Foundation, founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, released the third edition of their Her Life Depends On It report in May. A recent study cited in the report found "both aerobic exercise and strength training will lead to significant improvement to overall body image concerns for women with pre-existing conditions."[1]

Caruso says, "Recovering from my eating disorder was the hardest thing I had to do. For me to come out of that and be this new person, this person who is actually me, that's what I'm most proud of."[2] 

[2] "Maine teen beats anorexia, becomes dedicated powerlifter" October 26, 2015. Accessed October 28, 2015.
Making Change for Good: Grantee Presentations
On Tuesday, October 27th the Fund hosted Making Change for Good featuring four grantee presentations on social change efforts in Maine. Read more about the event here. 

LOI Application Now Available
The 2016 grant cycle Letter of Interest (LOI) Application was released on November 2, 2015.

The LOI, available here, is due no later than Friday, November 20, by 5 pm. EST. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please contact Kimberly Crichton, Grants Coordinator at 441-4710 or with any questions about the application or guidelines. The complete Grant Application Guidelines are available here.  
Listen for the Fund on Maine Public Radio & Win a Cake!
When you hear our sponsorship on Maine Public Radio, email us with the date & time you heard it, along with your name, email and phone number.

All verified notifications will be entered to win a generously donated, sumptuous freshly baked, custom, 8-inch, three layer cake from
Lisa Parker Cakes For All Seasons! All entries will be verified the week of November 22 and the cake raffle winner will be announced on November 30th just in time for holiday parties & gatherings!    

The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things
November 12, 2015
Nickelodeon Theater, Portland
6:30 p.m.

Maine Inside Out
Maine Inside Out and The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast present a two-day event featuring original performances from Maine Inside Out participants. FMI


YWCA of Central Maine 
Women of Achievement Award Gala
December 3, 2015
Ramada Inn, Lewiston, Maine
5:30 p.m.

The Women of Achievement Award recognizes exceptional community contributors. Award recipients are women leaders in Maine who have exhibited a unique combination of qualities including leadership, commitment to civic engagement, service to community, and participation in advocacy that emulate the mission of the YWCA and leave a lasting impact in our state and local community. The YWCA is honored to announce that our first Woman of Achievement Award honoree is Auburn's own, Lee Young. FMI 


The Girl Scouts of Maine 
Women of Distinction Gala
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland
The Women of Distinction Gala is an annual event that celebrates women whose individual excellence and high levels of achievement distinguish them as outstanding members of their communities and exemplary role models for today's girls. FMI

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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