2023 MPC Conference Helpful Information

Please read below for important reminders, opportunities, and updates about the conference on Tuesday, May 30. Reach out to mpc@mainephilanthropy.org with any questions.

Location and parking

The conference will be at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St, Portland, ME 04101. Parking is available free of charge for attendees via the Holiday Inn parking garage.


The conference is SOLD OUT! We are excited to have so much interest and want to make sure that all available spots are filled on the day of the conference. If you are no longer able to attend, please cancel your registration on our website by going to My Account, Registrations, then Cancel, or reach out to us for help canceling. We will transfer canceled tickets to folks on our wait list.

Taking action

As part of our theme of Forward Together: Urgent Action for Collective Justice, we reached out to Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, Maine Needs, and Cumberland County WIC to ask if there are goods we could collect at the conference that would support them in meeting the urgent needs of their organizations.  If you are able, we invite you to bring one, some, or all of the items listed below and Maine Philanthropy Center will deliver them to the organizations shortly after the conference.

  • New adult sized underwear and socks
  • Maternity underwear
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Used or new sneakers
  • Board books in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Lingala and Arabic (Amazon Wishlist)
  • Gift cards to Hannaford in any denomination

Small group workshop with Rev. Mariama White-Hammond

After her keynote address, Reverend Mariama White-Hammond will host a small group conversation during the morning workshops, to have a direct conversation with those moving racial equity work forward in their organization. Rev. Mariama White-Hammond will share her experiences and guidance. This conversation is intentionally small so deeper conversations can be held and participants will be chosen via a lottery, with priority given to BIPOC participants. If you are interested in joining this session, please fill out this online form.

Submit questions for Cyndi Suarez

Please submit questions you would like Cyndi Suarez to discuss with Jeannette Andre during the final conference session. We encourage questions on the topics of power, justice, and how to build more transformative approaches to our work in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

One-on-one support with impala

All of Maine’s nonprofits and foundations are eligible for free, premium access to impala until May 2024, thanks to a partnership between Maine Philanthropy Center and impala. During the conference, learn more about how you can use impala to enhance your grantmaking and fundraising work by visiting impala’s table outside the Grand Ballroom or set up your organization’s impala profile in just a few minutes in the Board Room after 12pm. You can reserve time for one-on-one guidance, or pop in throughout the afternoon.

Review the schedule

Make sure to visit our website to see the latest version of the schedule, session descriptions, and information on the other organizations that will be present (Back Cove Books, Americans Who Tell the Truth, and more!).

Health and safety precautions

Please review the COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy in preparation for the conference. Reach out to us if you have any questions or need any guidance.

Registration updates

Last week, you should have received an email that includes information for your name tag, as well as any dietary or accessibility needs. If changes are necessary to your registration information, please fill out this update form. If you did not receive this email but think you are registered, please email us right away at mpc@mainephilanthropy.org.