Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Funder Networks

At MPC we believe in fostering relationships and increasing opportunities for learning, alignment, and collaborative action among funders.

For that reason, we are involved in or support a number of existing funder network groups, and can help funders connect with those groups.

Arts and Culture Funders (Quarterly)

        Contact: Sarah Lentz

Climate Change Funders

        Contact: Carole Martin

DownEast Funders Network


Early Childhood Funders Network

The mission of the Early Childhood Funders Network is to encourage and advance strategic systemic changes that will improve results for large numbers of young children birth through age eight throughout the state. 

        Contacts: Morgan Hynd, Jennifer Beck

Education Funders Network (Quarterly)

Purpose of the Education Funders Network:

  • Learning that is useful to my organization’s work in education
  • Building connections, developing relationships, and having meaningful conversations with other funders working in education
  • Raising our collective awareness of the bigger picture and what is happening on the education landscape in Maine
  • Inspiring individual funders to take actions that increase the effectiveness of their education funding activities

        Contact: Erin Cinelli 

        2021 Meeting Dates

        Thursday, June 3, 1:00 - 3:00pm

        Thursday, September 9, 1:00 - 3:00pm

        Thursday, December 9, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Environmental Funders Network

        Contact: Ellen Maling

Grant Manager Network (Quarterly)

        Contact: Sarah Lentz

Immigrant and Refugee Funders Group (Bi-monthly)

        Contact: Sarah Lentz

Maine Oral Health Funders

        Contact: Jennifer McGrath

Maine Health Funders (Twice yearly)

       Contact:  Katie Howard

       2021 Meeting Dates: September 8th, 2021 1:00-2:30pm