2017 Funders Forum: Building our Muscle and Finding our Voice

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 -
8:30am to 3:00pm EST
Maine Mechanics' Hall
519 Congress Street, Portland
Registration Fee: 
Members: $100.00
Non-members: $150.00
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Don't miss this chance to build connections with Maine philanthropy colleagues, share successes and challenges, and learn about what's happening in the broader philanthropy world.

The day will offer participants opportunities to learn about the Maine Philanthropy Center's new strategic plan and commitment to building funder effectiveness.

It then will feature Laura Ligouri and Kate Evans of Mindbridge, who will join us for a half-day session and explain:

  • the cognitive science behind implicit bias.
  • how implicit bias may impact grant-making and philanthropic initiatives.
  • tools and techniques that will immediately help mitigate bias.

The afternoon session will feature Tony Cipollone, President and CEO of the John T. Gorman Foundation. Participants will:

  • explore how foundations in Maine are thinking about and using advocacy as one of the tools in their toolbox.
  • meet and hear about the work of our new Maine Philanthropic Network Advocacy Committee.
  • consider the kinds of things our organizations might advocate for – and identify what's getting in the way.


The day will also include time to network, catch up, and compare notes.

Meeting Materials

Thanks to all who joined us at the Funders Forum. Judging by the event feedback, participants appreciated not only learning about implicit bias and activism, but sharing ideas and insights with other funders.

Laura, Kate, and Tony graciously have agreed to share their PowerPoint decks, which refer to the following additional resources.

PowerPoint Presentations:


Meeting Notes and Recaps


Additional Resources:



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About the Location

This year's Funders Forum will be held in the ballroom of the Maine Mechanics' Hall in downtown Portland. According to Greater Portland Landmarks, Mechanics' Hall "is considered to be the finest work of Thomas J. Sparrow, Portland’s first native architect." The ballroom was designed by John Calvin Stevens in 1890. In 2015, the refurbished ballroom was opened to the public for the first time in over 50 years. .


The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association does not have on-site parking.There are two city parking lots not far from the building:

  • The Spring Street Parking Garage, next to the Cross Insurance Arena, is 0.2 miles away. There are entrances on Free Street and Spring Street. Parking is $2/hour.
  • The Elm Street Parking Garage, across the street from the main branch of the Portland Public Library, is also 0.2 miles away. The entrance is on Elm Street, and it is also $2/hour.



The building has a portable handicap ramp for use on the front steps. There is an elevator. It does not meet accessibility codes, but has been used by those in wheelchairs in the past. If you need any accommodations in order to fully participate, please contact Christina Foster at 780-5039 to discuss your particular needs.


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