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Maine Development Foundation


Downtown Institute - Session 3

Fundraising for Main Street and Downtown Organizations


September 26th, 2013
8:30 a.m. - Registration and continental breakfast 9:00 a.m. – Noon: Institute session

Presentations from seasoned fundraising professionals will be combined with lively Maine-based case studies focused on development and cultivating assets to make your downtown nonprofit work possible. Included are board/staff action steps, sponsorships, annual appeals, planning for a capital campaign, donor stewardship, foundation and government grants and more.  Bring your good examples and questions.

Lead presenter:
Kate White Lewis, CFRE has been involved in capital, major gifts, and grassroots fundraising for over 15 years.  Kate serves as the President-Elect of the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals, Northern New England Chapter. She has been working with Greater Portland Landmarks since 2012 as the organization’s first full-time Director of Development, marketing and fundraising for historic preservation and sustainable community in Portland, Maine. Prior to her role at Landmarks, Kate was a full-time fundraising consultant with Demont Associates for 11 years, directing capital, annual, and major gifts campaigns for not-for-profit clients throughout the region. Prior to her work in Maine, Kate completed a fellowship program with the State Public Interest Research Groups, as Field Organizer in Connecticut, and as Canvass Director in Rhode Island and Maine for the Fund for Public Interest Research.  Kate is on the Board of the South Portland Land Trust, and is a Vestry member at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, French, and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. She lives with her family in a very old house in South Portland.

Additional Presenters:

  • Roxanne Eflin, Senior Program Director, Maine Downtown Center/Maine Development Foundation on grant writing
  • Christina Foster has two decades of experience in the nonprofit field, including a master's degree from the Muskie School of Public Service and working for the Davis Foundations.  After seven years of working with the Maine Philanthropy Center on a variety of projects centered on improving access to grant maker information for nonprofits, she has recently become an official staff member.

Pre-register by September 23, 2013. No refunds on cancellations after September 23.

$35 per session
$25 per session
- Discount for Main Street Maine Communities, Maine Downtown Network Communities, and MDF Members.

If you need to pay with a check, please continue to fill out the form and when you get to the payment page simply close out of it. Your registration will still be received and you will receive a confirmation. Make check payable to Maine Development Foundation and mail to: 295 Water St., Ste. 5, Augusta, ME 04330.

Please note: Since we must provide a headcount to the facility and pay for that number of meals, it is our policy to charge meeting participants who register but do not show. Please notify us by September 23 if you wish to cancel your registration. No shows will be charged the full amount of the registration fee.

If you have any questions or difficulties registering, please contact Amanda at 626-3121 or by email.

Funding in part was made available through the Bingham Betterment Fund.



Lee Hall, Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, 34 Bedford Street, Portland



Phone 207-622-6345


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