The Maine Philanthropy Center is lucky to have a dedicated, engaged board, including two nonprofit representatives who bring helpful perspectives to the MPC's work.
Read on to meet Kristen Miale, the president of Good Shepherd Food Bank. The Food Bank's mission is to distribute nutritious food to people in need, build strong community partnerships, and mobilize the public in the fight to end hunger. Its goal is for all Mainers to have access by 2025 to the healthy food they need, when and where they need it.
Hi, Kristen. We're in the midst of holiday season. What’s one thing you’re thankful for?
I am thankful that my job allows me to experience gratitude every day. I am constantly reminded of the things in my life that allow me to truly experience freedom. And at the same time, this reminds me of my responsibility to do something about the fact that far too many of our neighbors are not able to share this experience.
What drew you to join the MPC board?
I want to better understand the roles that foundations play in directing how philanthropy can work to improve the lives of people living in poverty. I hope to get to know more people in this space, familiarize myself with the landscape, and acquire insight into evolving trends in philanthropy. I also want to learn how philanthropists view their roles. How do they think they can best work - not only as individuals, but also in collaborative partnerships - alongside the public sector to help the poor?
What are you most excited about for the coming year?
I'm excited about the prospect of having more and more partners in the important work that all of us do. I am happy to be part of a collaborative network whose members continually learn from each other and share a vision of systemically lifting people out of poverty, rather than simply addressing one thing at a time.