Convening/Facilitating Activities & Outcomes

Domestic Violence

  • Meeting with Maine Development Foundation’s CEO Laurie Lachance to talk about a measure of growth for domestic violence resulted in:
    • $66,000 to MDF to work with business on dv awareness
    • Distribution of the newly produced Department of Labor’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Training manual for employers to all MDF member businesses and organizations

Early Childhood

  • Meeting with Laurie Lachance to talk about a Measure of Growth option resulted in:
    • Dr. Jack Shonkoff, M.D., Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University keynoting the 30th Anniversary of the Maine Development Foundation at their largest celebration to that date
    • $45,000 to MDF to work with business on early childhood issues
    • Inclusion of two early childhood stops on the MDF Policy Academy legislator bus tours
    • MDF becoming fiscal sponsor for a number of grants to the Maine Children’s Growth Council, the Maine Resilience Building Network and the Maine Early Learning Investment Group
    • The appointment of Ed Cervone to the Maine Children’s Growth Council. Ed became the chair of the Council for two years and after leaving MDF, he became the Director of Educate Maine and expanded its interests to include early childhood development, bringing together business voices on the full spectrum of education.
  • Breakfast with MDF CEO Laurie Lachance, Hon. Steve Rowe & Hon. Peter Mills to discuss business engagement strategy resulted in:


  • Lunch for businessmen with Dr. Felitti hosted by former Gov. Angus King and Maine Chamber CEO, Dana Connors began conversations resulting in:
    • Maine Economic Growth Council 4th Grade Reading Measure of Growth
  • Two-day ACEs to Resilience: Promising Practices for Thriving Communities conference allowing 250 participants the opportunity to learn and share organizational, community and statewide work supporting ACEs awareness and resiliency promotion


  • Convened social justice providers for training to shift poverty messaging frame from individual responsibility to collective responsibility resulting in:
    • Redesigned messaging for briefing books prior to the 2014 election by the Maine Women’s Policy Center and Maine Equal Justice Partners as well as press releases, letters to the editor, op-eds and talking points for legislative testimony.
  • On-going convening of execs from Educate Maine, Maine Community Foundation, Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Economic Policy Center, Grow Smart, and the Sewall Foundation to  discuss how to connect the poverty and workforce issues, engaging business voices to support needed policy changes that would improve people’s ability to move out of poverty with supports for education, job training, quality childcare, etc.


  • A convening of philanthropies and grantees to identify ways of strengthening legislative strategy and support for fending off the LePage administration’s attack on priority programs resulted in:
    • Increased interest in and financial support of advocacy on the part of funders; testimony before the Legislature; four years of coordinated funding to coordinate efforts to mitigate harmful policies and funding cuts introduced each year since 2012; and, coordinated funding for a long-term effort to increase public will by engaging parents and providers and creating an Early Childhood Caucus in the Legislature.

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