Maine Initiatives Blog

November 10, 2016
There is much you can do. There is much we must do.

There is a fundamental paradox I confront in every election: that when I step behind that curtain into the solitude of the voting booth, I undertake a private, solemn act, but one that has an explicitly public intent. I think that is why for me — and for many people I spoke with yesterday —  READ MORE »

October 17, 2016
Official Press Release: Grants for Change Announcement

Maine Initiatives Awards $250,000 to Racial Justice and Equity Organizations Across Maine Brunswick, ME–Maine Initiatives, a community-based foundation, today announced the ten organizations selected to receive the 2016 racial justice and equity Grants for Change. The winning cohort was chosen through a radically participatory grantmaking process. Recognized for their efforts to address racial justice and  READ MORE »

October 6, 2016
Announcing the 2016 Grants for Change Cohort

Maine Initiatives is pleased to announce the 2016 Grants for Change Racial Justice Grantee Cohort: In Her Presence Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition Maine Inside Out Maine-Wabanaki REACH Mano en Mano Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows New Mainers Tenants’ Association Raise-Op Housing Cooperative Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston/Auburn Tree Street Youth Each of these 10 organizations  READ MORE »

September 1, 2016
What can we do?

“What can we do? What is the action item?” A friend posed these questions in response to Governor LePage’s recent racist┬ástatements. We, at Maine Initiatives, believe that we all have a responsibility to confront racism (in leaders, in language, in actions, in systems, in structures) if we reject the hostile environment it creates for people  READ MORE »

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