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We're a group of doers.

ENGAGING CURRENT & FUTURE LEADERS. 
MAKING GREATER PORTLAND EVEN GREATER.

Click here for the 2016 Community Investment Funding Application.

 
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2016 Community Investment Process

BACKGROUND

In our inaugural funding year, Brick & Beam is investing in projects to benefit early childhood education and childhood poverty. We are interested in becoming deeply involved in the work of our community through investing our time, skills and finances to make a measurable difference.

AVAILABLE FUNDING

Brick & Beam seeks to support projects that are high-impact, sustainable and replicable and approaches that are innovative, holistic and collaborative. The proposal should clearly articulate how the proposed project aligns with these core principles of Brick & Beam and addresses a community need in Cumberland County in the area of early childhood education and childhood poverty.

Amount: Up to $50,000 (possibility of applying for additional funding to support the sustainability or scaling of the program in subsequent years)
Funding Period: One year, starting on award of grant funding, unless otherwise noted
Deadline for Submission: September 6, 2016

Submission Information:

  • Brick & Beam Society, UWGP, One Canal Plaza, Suite 300, P.O. Box 15200, Portland, ME 04112-5200
  • 20 copies (3 hole punched) and 1 pdf version of the application emailed to brickandbeam@unitedwaygp.org.

Download the Application:

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by Brick & Beam’s Impact Investing Committee (IIC) in a two-stage process. Step 1 consists of a paper review. Following the review, applicants who are selected to participate in Step 2 will be asked to:

  • Meet with members of the IIC to review their application and financials.
  • Make a short (5 minute) presentation at a Brick & Beam sponsored Community Night about their organization, work in the community and opportunities for engagement. (Mid-October)

If you have questions, please call or email Jennifer Burns at brickandbeam@unitedwaygp.org or 207-347-2309.

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WHY ARE WE HERE?

Greater Portland’s leadership will change dramatically over the next 10 years, but the need for connected problem-solvers and visionary leadership will be as great as ever. 

The Brick & Beam Society was created to carry the torch and reinvigorate the next generation of philanthropic and community leaders. We're inheriting a well-loved community and feel a responsibility for making it even stronger. 

 

WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT?

We're doers. The Brick & Beam Society offers a meaningful way to forge strong relationships, take action, leave a mark, and make a local difference. 

We take a broad view of the community, bring leaders together, and build momentum for action. The Brick & Beam Society thoughtfully selects and explores an area of focus, and then tackles it holistically. We also leverage United Way of Greater Portland's rich history, resources, knowledge and relationships to get results.

We invest our time, skills, and finances to make a measurable difference that is greater than any of us could do alone. 

 

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Throughout the year, the Brick & Beam Society will offer: 

  • Thoughtful philanthropy events with local and national leaders that help members shape their personal giving philosophy. 
  • Get-your-hands-dirty education and volunteering opportunities to jump knee-deep into the issues. 
  • Purposeful, topical conversations and workshops with executives and thought leaders who are leading the way. 
  • Impact investing where the Society ultimately determines how its dollars are used to make the biggest difference. 

OUR FOCUS YEAR ONE:

In our inaugural year, the Brick & Beam Society will explore poverty in Greater Portland, particularly its impact on children and education. 

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STEERING COMMITTEE

Emily Hopkins (chair), Unum
Katie Bellerose, Gorham Savings Bank
Annie Drew, WEX
Sam Elsner, 
Kepware Technologies
Tim Griffin, H.M. Payson

Trevor Hanly, Vets First Choice
Jess Knox, Olympico Strategies
Kristin Pietroski, TD Bank
Kathryn Rouillard, TCC Group

ADVISORS

Zander Abbott, Maine Medical Center
Courtney Beer, Pine Tree Legal
Marci Booth, Low Income Housing Corp.
Michael Bourque, MEMIC
Sean Dugan, MaineHealth
Quincy Hentzel, Industrium
Geoff Homer, Shawnee Peak
Justin Lamontagne, Dunham Group
Becky McKinnell, iBec Creative
Caitlin Prentice, Prentice Hospitality
Oliver Smith, Forge 360