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We're a group of doers.

EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED LEADERS. 
BUILDING A BETTER TOMORROW FOR GREATER PORTLAND.

 
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Community Investment Process

Members of the Brick & Beam Society invest their time, skills, and finances to make a measurable difference in their community. Brick & Beam invests in projects that:

  1. increase STEM/STEAM and literacy enrichment opportunities for under-served children in Greater Portland,

  2. and are high-impact, sustainable, replicable, innovative, holistic, and collaborative.

The Brick & Beam Society makes community investments in two phases.

Summer Investments

Summer 2018 ($47,848)

In March 2018, the Brick & Beam Society Impact Investing Committee (IIC) announced investments in the following programs:

  • Westbrook School Department: Establish “Brick and Beam Bookshelves” in each of three elementary school libraries. The shelves will be mobile carts which will house collections of approximately 200 books a piece ($12,915).

  • USM Portland Empowered Early Childhood Parent Engagement Initiative: Support to host shared space cafes with a focus on engaging parents around topics pertinent to early childhood ($5,000).

  • Boys and Girls Club: Logo Robotics kits and expansion kits, which allows BGCSM to offer Robotics to 2nd & 3rd graders at Portland, Riverton, and Sagamore Clubhouses ($4,928).

  • Portland Family Shelter: Supports a 4-week, 4 days/wk, 4hrs/day summer program for lower elementary homeless youth staying at Portland’s family shelter ($15,000).

  • Sea Change Yoga: Trauma informed yoga for youth with special needs and their parents’/caregivers ($10,000).

Summer 2017 ($17,370)

On April 19, 2017, the IIC unanimously voted to support the following programs:

  • Walker Memorial Library: Purchase of 120 books in French and Arabic, Westbrook's two most spoken foreign languages. ($1,600).

  • Portland Public Schools Summer Reading Program: Summer book packs and staffing for 40 students at Reiche School and 40 students at Presumpscott School in Portland ($4,770).

  • Mayo Street Arts: Support for summer programming including free summer tutoring by East End School staff, free RAD literacy based arts education programming (Reading, Arts, Dance), and free lunch. ($11,000).

Summer 2016 ($10,000)

On June 10, 2016, the IIC made a series of immediate impact investments to address the summer learning gap:

  • Portland Public Schools’ Summer Reading Program: Books and reading comprehension activities for 40 students in grades 3-5 ($3,800).

  • Portland Public Schools’ Summer Math Component for Elementary Summer Program: Online math learning software at one school ($2,000).

  • A Company of Girls’ “Art in the Parks” Program: Books for children at weekly art activities program in Portland ($2,200).

  • Feeding Bodies and Minds’ Summer Picnic for Children: Starting Strong tote bags with materials, lunch, and books ($2,000).

Annual Community Night 

Following an extensive application process, the Impact Investment Committee makes a significant community investment each year through the Brick & Beam Society’s annual Community Night.

Fall 2018 ($75,000)

LearningWorks and Side X Side were awarded $50,000 to pilot an after-school program in Portland, South Portland, and Westbrook that integrates creativity and the arts with science, technology, and math.

Intercultural Community Center was awarded $25,000 to build a computer lab that will support online language tools and provide students access to computer science, robotics, and engineering programming.

Fall 2017 ($51,400)

Mayo Street Arts was awarded $26,400 to expand Summer Programs for Youth, the RAD (Reading, Arts, Dance) program, and the free lunch program provided by the Opportunity Alliance.

Youth and Family Outreach was awarded $25,000 for their Families Matter Program, which educates families on how to prepare meals, shop and cook on a budget–creating building blocks that families can use to create habits of eating healthy meals together. 

Fall 2016 ($50,000)

The Congolese Community of Maine (CoCo Maine) was awarded $50,000 for their Dual Generation Program for Early Childhood Education, which offers English language classes, family literacy initiatives, parenting activities, and outreach to parents and children ages 2-5. 

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OUR MISSION

To utilize education as a vehicle for social change, and advance equity in STEM education through grade 8, by financially supporting research based educational opportunities for children in the greater Portland area who are marginalized.

WHO IS BRICK & BEAM SOCIETY?

We are a community of emerging and established professionals committed to increasing STEM and literacy enrichment opportunities for under-served children in Greater Portland. Members invest their time, skills, and finances through United Way of Greater Portland to support programs that align with Thrive2027 and give the kids in our community a better chance to succeed as adults.

WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT?

Brick & Beam Society offers a meaningful way to forge strong relationships, take action, and leave a mark.

We leverage United Way of Greater Portland’s resources, knowledge, and relationships to get results.

Brick & Beam Society members invest their time, skills, and finances to make a measurable difference in our community and decide as members where to make impact investments.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

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

  • Thoughtful philanthropic events with local and national leaders that help members shape their personal giving philosophy.

  • Hands on education and volunteering opportunities to truly understand the issues.

  • Purposeful, topical conversations and workshops with executives and thought leaders.

  • Impact investing where Brick & Beam Society ultimately determines how its dollars are used to make the biggest difference.

PHILANTHROPIC METHOD & FOCUS

Brick & Beam Society takes both a proactive and reactive approach to funding with immediate impact and long-term strategy impact grants. We strive to meet the community’s most pressing needs, as well as make longer-term investments to ensure lasting change.

Brick & Beam Society supports strategies that increase STEM and literacy enrichment opportunities for under-served children in Greater Portland. We embrace a  proactive and reactive approach to funding with immediate impact and long-term strategy impact grants. We strive to meet the community’s most pressing needs, as well as make longer-term investments to ensure lasting change.



STEP UP WITH US

The Brick & Beam Society is cultivating a community of purposeful philanthropic leaders that is impactful, personally meaningful, and inclusive. Annual membership contribution is $1,000. A three-year, step-up option is available that starts with an initial contribution of $500.

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COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Tim Griffin, H.M. Payson*
Chair, Steering Committee           

Mike Young, Unum*†
Co-Chair, Membership & Programming Committee  

Vince Mariano, WEX Inc.*†
Co-Chair, Membership & Programming Committee     

Eric Sharkey, Unum*^
Chair, Impact Investment Committee  

Brady Whetzel, Camden National Bank*^
Vice-Chair, Impact Investment Committee        

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Tawny Alvarez, Verrill Dana LLP†
Jim Cardosi, Macpage LLC^
Stefanie Copeland, Unum†
Melissa Dudley, WEX Inc.^
Christine Emerson, Macpage LLC†
Hadje Esmiller, Macpage LLC^
Dana Fortier, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.^
Trav Fournier, Maine Street Capital^
Travis Heynen, Avesta Housing^
Emily Hopkins, Covetrus*†
Chris Larrabee, Unum†^
Colin March, TD Bank^
Sarah Oliver, WEX Inc.*^
Samuel Seekins, Unum ^
Heidi Wurpel, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.†

* Steering Committee
^ Impact Investment Committee
† Membership & Programming Committee