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MeHAF Selects Five Health Advocacy Organizations to Work with National Nonprofit Finance Experts

MeHAF Selects Five Health Advocacy Organizations to Work with National Nonprofit Finance Experts

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) has selected five Maine nonprofits to participate in a nine-month, customized strategic financial consulting engagement with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national consulting group.  All five statewide organizations advocate for the health and wellbeing of Maine people, and particularly for those with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault, families with low incomes and others.  Each organization will receive a grant of $75,000 to support the time spent working with the Nonprofit Finance Fund consultants.

Maine’s health advocacy community is made up of a network of small nonprofits.  These organizations represent some of Maine’s most vulnerable people and ensure that their voices are heard by policy makers in Augusta and nationally.  As with many nonprofits, health advocacy organizations often rely on fundraising and grants to sustain their day-to-day operations, making it challenging to plan for the future.  

“Maine’s advocacy organizations represent the interests of a variety of vulnerable and underserved people with health care access challenges,” notes Barbara Leonard, MeHAF President & CEO.  “By helping these organizations to be strong, we in turn help some of the most vulnerable populations in the state.”

The financial consulting engagement is the third and final phase of a pilot program that MeHAF designed to support the capacity of nonprofit health advocacy organizations that advocate on behalf of uninsured and underserved people in Maine. The pilot will help inform MeHAF’s future work to support the capacity of health-focused nonprofits. 

“MeHAF’s mission is to promote access to quality health care for uninsured and underserved people,” said Program Officer Morgan Hynd.  “Supporting the financial strength and capacity of health advocacy nonprofits is a strategic way to help us achieve our mission.”  

Participating Organizations

Consumers for Affordable Health Care
Emily Brostek, ebrostek@mainecahc.org, 207-622-7083

Disability Rights Maine
Kim Moody, kim@drme.org, 207-626-2774

Maine Children’s Alliance
Claire Berkowitz, cberk@mekids.org, 207-623-1868 x206

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Elizabeth Ward Saxl, director@mecasa.org, 207-626-0034

Maine Equal Justice Partners
Robyn Merrill, rmerrill@mejp.org, 207-626-7058

Media Contact
Morgan Hynd, Program Officer, (207) 620-8266 x116, mhynd@mehaf.org

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