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July 03, 2023

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This is grassroots philanthropy

Our work is rooted in a simple, yet transformative idea: that people can come together around shared values of justice and equity: to raise and pool money and get it to the people doing that work in our community.

June 05, 2023

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Leaning into love and transformation

I am coming into this month of June, with a profound sense of hope and possibility. Over the past few weeks, I have been in a number of powerful in-person gatherings: the Maine Philanthropy Center Conference, the Resident Community Builder Program at Maine State Prison, a First Light gathering, the GEO Learning Conference, the Peter […]

May 31, 2023

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Maine Asylum Seeker Crisis Support

Maine Asylum Seeker Crisis SupportMaine Initiatives announces an urgent call to action to donate to the Immigrant-Led Organizations Fund to support the asylum seeker response in Maine. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: lia@mi.slickfish.com May 31, 2023 Immigrant-Led organizations are leading the asylum seeker response in Maine, working on the front lines with the individuals and families […]

May 03, 2023

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Who we become as a community is up to us

I had the joy and privilege to attend the Bar Mitzvah of a dear family friend this weekend. It was a beautiful celebration and had me reflecting on the idea that: Who we are is, in some ways, not up to us. But, who we become most certainly is. This is true for my friend […]

April 06, 2023

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Maine’s Outdoor Equity Fund Announces Inaugural Grantees

Maine’s Outdoor Equity Fund Announces Inaugural GranteesBlack, Indigenous, and People of Color -led organizations receive $300,000 to expand access to the outdoors FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: oef@maineinitiatives.org April 6, 2023 Maine’s first-ever Outdoor Equity Fund is awarding $300,000 to organizations that advance outdoor access, learning, and experiences for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This new […]

April 03, 2023

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“History is written by the victors…”

I recently wrote a letter to the editor that was published in the New York Times in response to an editorial purporting to describe the “woke worldview.” I mention this mostly because it occurs to me that maybe no one reads the letters anymore: apparently, the Comments Section is where the action’s at!  But also […]

December 14, 2022

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Grants for Change 2022 Cohort

Grants for Change 2022 Cohort Bomazeen Land Trust Community Organizing Alliance Generational Noor Maine Black Educators Collective Maine Inside Out Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition Nibezun Sunlight Media Collective The Third Place Wabanaki Alliance Wabanaki REACH Wabanaki Youth in Science We are pleased and proud to announce our 2022 Grants for Change cohort! These organizations above […]

October 28, 2022

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We’re hiring!

Interested in joining our team? We’re hiring for three new positions to support our growing roster of programs: Communications Associate ILO Program Associate Program Engagement Associate Read on for brief overviews of each position. Full details can be found here. Communications Associate Working with all staff members, the Communications Associate will support and execute communications […]

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