Maine Philanthropy Center

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Board Member Spotlight: Heather Harris of Kennebunk Savings

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Maine Philanthropy Center is lucky to have a dedicated, engaged board. We recently welcomed several new representatives who bring helpful new perspectives to the MPC's work.

Today we're introducing you to Heather Harris, the vice president for corporate communications at Kennebunk Savings. In that role, Heather manages the organization's corporate philanthropy and Community Promise initiatives. As a mutual organization, Kennebunk Savings gives 10% of its earnings back to the nonprofit community each year. It has contributed over $11 million to community organizations since 1994.

Happy New Year, Heather! We're deep in the midst of planning our 2018 programming here at the Maine Philanthropy Center, so everyone is thinking a lot about learning ... which brings me to my question: What’s a good book you’ve read recently, and why did you like it?

I just finished reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, which deals with two different perspectives on slavery. Although the book is fiction, it’s based on an actual woman who was an abolitionist and who crusaded for women’s rights as well. To me it was a good reminder that one person can make a difference and that even difficult and/or lofty goals can eventually be attained!

What drew you to join the MPC board?

I’ve attended many MPC events in the past, and I’ve enjoyed meeting with other corporate funders over the years. I've always appreciated the mission of the Maine Philanthropy Center: to enhance the effectiveness of philanthropy and encourage collaboration among funders. As a board member, I find it energizing to be part of a group working to make our state a better place.

As 2018 begins, what are you most excited about for the upcoming year?

I’m on the planning committee for the 2018 Philanthropy Partners Conference, so I’m definitely excited about seeing that come to fruition. The committee is loaded with people who have many interesting ideas and perspectives, and I think that’ll be evident at the conference in May!

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