Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Maine's Youth and Climate Change

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 -
9:00am to 11:00am EST
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Presented by the Climate Change Funders Forum and the Environmental Funders Network

Please join the Climate Change Funders Forum (CCFF) and the Environmental Funders Network (EFN) to learn more about the efforts occurring in Nature-Based Education and the intersection with Maine Won’t Wait, the state’s four-year action plan, released in December 2020, to address the impacts of climate change.  More specifically, we will look at Section H  ~ Engage Maine People and Communities about Climate Change Impacts and Program Opportunities (see details in section 8), addressing the following questions:

  • How have nature based education efforts intersected with the Climate Action Plan?
  • Where are the intersections with public, private and other nonprofits in the space?
  • What are significant progress steps or challenges?  
  • What are the priorities and what are the funding needs?

This program is open to all funders. To RSVP, please email Margaret Chadbourne, Associate Director at Horizon Foundation, at

We’ll be hearing inspiring stories of learning, action, and opportunity from Olivia Griset, Executive Director at the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) and Nathan Broaddus, Network Coordinator at the Nature-Based Education Consortium (NBEC). They will talk about their statewide, equity-informed efforts to bridge grassroots action with collective, networked effort to inform policy.  There will be ample time for discussion and questions, including a funder-only conversation about the emerging needs and opportunities to advance the community-based efforts in Maine Won’t Wait.


The Maine Won’t Wait implementation efforts are hosted within Maine Climate Council, an assembly of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials, and engaged citizens working to address the effects of climate change on our state. The Climate Council is an initiative of the Governor’s Office for Policy Innovation and the Future, established by Governor Mills to foster collaboration and innovative solutions to help solve Maine’s most important long-term challenges.

The Climate Change Funders Forum (CCFF) provides a unique opportunity for philanthropists to learn collectively about efforts in Maine and New England to address climate change and consider how to strategically align funding to make an impact.

The Environmental Funders Network (EFN) identifies and creates ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment and strengthen the connection to Maine’s people, communities, and quality of place.

Maine Philanthropy Center (MPC) provides fiscal sponsorship to both EFN and CCFF. MPC's mission is to provide opportunity, leadership, and support to advance the effectiveness of philanthropy in Maine and its ability to make a meaningful difference.


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