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Nonprofit + Philanthropic Conversations with Gubernatorial Candidates

by Jennifer Gray

What do candidates for Maine’s next governor think of issues that matter to nonprofits and funders?

Join us for a series of free webinars!

The nonprofit sector, which employs 1 in 6 Maine workers and touches the lives of every Maine resident, is critically important to Maine’s communities and Maine’s future. With their important voice and unique perspective, grantmakers play an integral role in strengthening Maine’s communities through their funding, capacity building initiatives, data collection/evaluation and mission investing.

As you may have heard, the Gubernatorial Forum that had been scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, has been cancelled.

In lieu of a forum, the Maine Association of Nonprofits and Maine Philanthropy Center have invited the four gubernatorial candidates – Alan Caron, Terry Hayes, Janet Mills, and Shawn Moody – to participate in separate one-hour webinars to  discuss issues that matter to nonprofits and funders. Each candidate will be offered the opportunity to respond to the same questions, which have been shaped by a mission-diverse, 29-member, statewide steering committee.

So far, 3 of the 4 candidates have committed to joining us:

  • Alan Caron, Thursday, September 27 at 11am
  • Terry Hayes, Thursday, October 4 at 2:30pm
  • Janet Mills, Tuesday, October 9 at 2pm
  • Shawn Moody, Declined Invitation


Please register and join us for these important conversations. They are free, and you can participate from your desk or wherever is most convenient. You only need to register once. Once registered, you will receive instructions for participating in the sessions, as well as notices about schedule updates and recordings of the webinars.

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Steering Committee Members

The questions for the candidates have been shaped by a mission-diverse, 29-member, statewide steering committee.

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

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