Nonprofit + Philanthropic Gubernatorial Forum

September 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Husson University
1 College Cir
Bangor, ME 04401
Jenn Burns Gray

About the Forum

Maine’s economy and communities depend on a strong network of nonprofits organizations and the philanthropic partners that support them to deliver on their mission. Our gubernatorial forum will:

  • Highlight the value of Maine’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to the public and candidates.
  • Inform voters on where the candidates stand on key issues impacting the sectors.

The forum, moderated by Kathleen Shannon Nichols, is co-hosted by:

Maine Association of Nonprofits Maine Philanthropy Center

Steering Committee Members

The Steering Committee reflects the broad diversity and depth of Maine’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and is working together to organize the forum.

Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health

Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

Belfast Creative Coalition

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Catholic Charities Maine

Cobscook Community Learning Center

Community Concepts

Friends of Casco Bay

Good Shepherd Food Bank

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation

Maine Affordable Housing Coalition

Maine Children’s Alliance

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Community Action Association

Maine Community Foundation

Maine Council on Aging

Maine Farm Bureau

Maine Health Access Foundation

Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

Maine Independent Colleges Association

Maine Hospital Association

Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition

Maine Public Health Association

Maine Women’s Policy Center

Milestone Recovery

The Nature Conservancy


Sunrise County Economic Council

United Way of Eastern Maine


Kathleen Shannon Nichols currently serves as the Maine Development Foundation’s Director of Engagement & Communications. Most recently Kathleen worked at the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, taking the lead in internal and external communications, media relations, and social media outreach. Kathy is an award winning storyteller with extensive experience as a broadcast journalist and as a corporate communicator. She led executive and employee communications with Martin’s Point Healthcare, an 800-employee non-profit organization based in Portland, Maine that operates two health insurance programs and seven clinical practices. Prior to that, Kathy was an investigative reporter in several markets across the country, most recently in Maine where she also hosted and delivered stories for the evening magazine program, “207”. As a speaker coach for Ted Talks, Kathy helps executives, front line employees, artists and community members weave storytelling and visual aids into presentations to make them engaging and compelling. Kathy lives in the Portland area with her husband, twin sons, and overly affectionate Weimeraner dogs.

For More Information

For more information about the forum or how to get involved, please contact Jenn Burns Gray, MANP Director of Advocacy + PR, at