Voter Engagement – Updated for 2020 Cycle

2018 Nonprofit + Philanthropic Gubernatorial Forum

The Maine Association of Nonprofits and the Maine Philanthropy Center must regrettably announce the cancellation of our gubernatorial forum scheduled for next Wednesday, September 26, at Husson University.  Our forum goal was to provide a robust slate of candidates with the opportunity to meet with the state’s nonprofit and philanthropic leaders and share their views on issues impacting our sectors.  Alan Caron and Terry Hayes both agreed to participate.  Janet Mills earlier accepted but in recent days has withdrawn.  Shawn Moody declined our invitation.  We are very disappointed that we were unable to achieve the full participation that we had hoped and thus have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person event.  We will now turn our attention to offering an alternative format for achieving our original goal.

We are instead offering an invitation to each individual candidate to participate in an hour-long webinar, where they will again have the opportunity to speak to our sectors and answer the questions originally prepared for the forum.  These webinars will be scheduled in the coming weeks at each candidate’s convenience.  We will then promote the live programming to our members and friends as well as make the recordings subsequently available across our networks.

Maine’s nonprofit and philanthropic networks are extremely grateful to the joint steering committee, whose members worked tirelessly to organize and plan for the forum, and to the 200+ members of our communities who registered and were planning to attend the event.

We regret any inconvenience that this cancellation may cause.

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Steering Committee Members

The Steering Committee reflects the broad diversity and depth of Maine’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and worked together to organize the forum.

Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health

Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

Belfast Creative Coalition

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Catholic Charities Maine

Cobscook Community Learning Center

Community Concepts

Friends of Casco Bay

Good Shepherd Food Bank

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation

Maine Affordable Housing Coalition

Maine Children’s Alliance

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Community Action Association

Maine Community Foundation

Maine Council on Aging

Maine Farm Bureau

Maine Health Access Foundation

Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

Maine Independent Colleges Association

Maine Hospital Association

Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition

Maine Public Health Association

Maine Women’s Policy Center

Milestone Recovery

The Nature Conservancy


Sunrise County Economic Council

United Way of Eastern Maine

Questions? Please contact Jenn Burns Gray, MANP Director of Advocacy + PR, at