We are a group of women with a shared commitment to give back to our communities by working together to serve others in a meaningful way. Our mission is to support initiatives that improve the quality of life for women, children and families in Arrowsic, Bath, Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Topsham, West Bath, Wiscasset and Woolwich.
In 2009 nine local women decided to pool their philanthropic dollars in order to make a greater impact in addressing pressing needs in our area, and The Maine Women’s Giving Tree (MWGT) was born. We are a giving circle, part of a growing phenomenon that includes more than 400 similar groups and many thousands of women nationwide.We are totally self-funded through each member’s annual contribution and nonmember donations. Because we are a donor advised fund of the Maine Community Foundation, all contributions to the MWGT are tax deductible.
Here’s an overview of Maine Women’s Giving Tree’s work over the past ten years: 10 Anniversary Celebration
How We Work
Each fall we ask representatives of local nonprofit organizations to meet with us to educate our members about community needs and issues. We then invite eligible groups to apply for our annual grants. After a rigorous and unbiased consideration of these applications, a process in which every member is encouraged to participate, we vote on the number and amounts of the grants we will give. The Maine Women’s Giving Tree awarded its first grants in 2012. Since then we have awarded more than $300,000 to local groups.