MPC is lucky to have a dedicated, engaged board. We recently welcomed some new foundation and nonprofit representatives to our board, and are excited to introduce them to all of you in our Member Spotlight - Board Edition.
Read on to meet Gioia Perugini, Associate Director, Family Office & Philanthropy Services at Hemenway & Barnes LLP. Hemenway & Barnes provides legal and fiduciary services to individuals, families and closely held businesses. Their philanthropic advisory practice supports dozens of private foundations, trusts, individuals, families and other entities in their full range of charitable giving. Many of their clients focus their giving in Maine, including Jane’s Trust, for which Gioia serves as program staff.
What’s one interesting thing you learned recently?
Maine Philanthropy Center’s most recent “Giving in Maine” report outlined 10 foundations not based in Maine that are making significant grants each year to nonprofits in the state. In 2017, that giving totaled almost $21 million.
What drew you to join the MPC board?
MPC is a leader in educating donors about philanthropy in Maine, and is expert at “connecting the dots” between the issues about which donors care most and the practice of philanthropy. Serving on the MPC board is a chance to connect more deeply with philanthropy colleagues and nonprofits in Maine. We all work better together, and I appreciate sharing information and collaborating with our colleagues in Maine on issues ranging from education to the arts, human services and the environment.
What are you most excited about in the coming year?
I am looking forward to the Philanthropy Partners conference, and exploring the connection between national issues and trends and our collective on-the-ground work in Maine.