Why I'll Be There
Maine nonprofits are critically important to Maine’s economy and quality of life, employing 1 in 6 Maine workers and spending billions of dollars each year. Maine nonprofits stimulate the economy, build community, weave our social safety net and foster civic engagement.
This year is an especially important year for nonprofits to raise awareness about the opportunities and challenges they face in advancing their missions. With Maine’s current governor termed out of office, the gubernatorial election in November 2018 will determine our state’s path forward on numerous issues critical to Maine’s nonprofit community.
That’s why MANP and Maine Philanthropy Center joined together to host Maine’s first Nonprofit + Philanthropic Gubernatorial Forum, (September 26, Bangor) planned in partnership with a 29 member, mission-diverse steering committee.
“Why I’ll Be There”
Nonprofit and philanthropic leaders from across the state will be at this Forum to demonstrate that #NonprofitsVote and to hear candidates discuss issues that affect nonprofit and philanthropic efforts to strengthen Maine.
|“Nonprofits represent almost 20% of Maine’s workforce and the next governor has the opportunity to further strengthen Maine’s social net by growing the close relationship between nonprofit organizations, the legislature, and the governor’s office. I am eager to hear where our gubernatorial candidates land on issues important to our work.”
~Kara Hay, President and CEO, Penquis
|“Maine’s escalating housing affordability crisis will not improve without the informed engagement of state policy leaders, and I want to hear how our next governor intends to lead on this and other important issues facing Maine people.”
~Greg Payne, Director, Maine Affordable Housing Coalition
|“Maine is facing an important decision in selecting who will lead the state for the next four years. Nonprofits and funders play critical roles in Maine’s communities and economy, and I want to hear first-hand what the candidates are saying on critical issues facing these sectors.”
~Hannah Quimby, Executive Director, Quimby Family Foundation
|“Health and health care are top of mind for the majority of Maine people. The Nonprofit + Philanthropic Gubernatorial Forum will provide an opportunity for all candidates to discuss these issues, which have important social and economic ramifications across the state.”
~Barbara Leonard, President & CEO, Maine Health Access Foundation
Join these leaders and hundreds of others on September 26, 5-7pm at Gracie Theatre, Husson University, Bangor. REGISTER TODAY!