Public Events

Annual Community Celebration Happening September 19

The 2019 UMC Community Celebration will take place on Thursday, Sep. 19 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Samoset in Rockport. UMC will recognize its 2019 grant recipients and supporters with an evening of fun, dancing and delicious food and drink, including music by The Right Track.

The Unsung Hero community volunteer of the year, a joint project of Courier Publications and UMC, will also be awarded at the Community Celebration. Nominations are being accepted now through Sep. 2 at UnitedMidcoastCharities.org/unsung.

The public is invited to attend the Community Celebration. Tickets are available for $30 in advance here or by calling 207-236-2299. If space allows, tickets will be available at the door via cash or check.

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Nominations now accepted for Community Volunteer of the Year Award

NONPROFITS, tell us about that one amazing volunteer who is quietly going about getting the job done!

Nominations for the “Unsung Hero Award” are accepted under the following criteria:

  • Nominee(s) must be an individual who volunteers in Knox and/or Waldo County, Maine.
  • Nominations must be made by a nonprofit. Employees and paid staff of the nonprofit may not be nominated for work at their organization.
  • Board and staff of United Midcoast Charities and staff of Courier Publications are ineligible for nomination.

Awards are determined by an Award Selection Committee based on award criteria. Award will be presented on September 19 at UMC’s Community Celebration at the Samoset.

To nominate a volunteer for the Unsung Hero Award, please follow this link to the Unsung Hero Award Nomination Form.

ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 2, 2019.

If you have questions, please email Megan Williams, megan@unitedmidcoastcharities.org

The award recipient will be selected from nominations by a panel made up of UMC’s Nonprofit Advisory Council, UMC’s Board Members and Courier Publications Editorial staff. Their decisions are based on reviews of each application and assessment of the following criteria:

IMPACT – How significant is the impact of the nominee’s service on beneficiaries? Tell us about the volunteer’s impact on organizations, their community and others. How has the volunteerism impacted this individual?  Reviewers look at whether the service is exemplary or unique.

INSPIRATION – Tell us how your volunteer stands out from others doing the same or similar things. Do they serve as a strong role model for others, and inspire others to serve?

COLLABORATION – Does this volunteer encourage community members or organizations to work together to solve problems/get things done? How is their service collaborative in nature?

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Nonprofit Marketing and Branding 101 & 102 Workshops Offered

A Learn with UMC Event

We are pleased to announce the next offerings in our free educational series, Learn with UMC: Nonprofit Marketing and Branding 101 on March 8 and Nonprofit Marketing & Branding 102 on April 5. Presenters from United Midcoast Charities’ communication committee will offer an interactive and hands-on series of workshops, drawing on their 190 years of combined experience in the field to help address current marketing needs of local nonprofits.

Please join the United Midcoast Charities’ Communication Committee for a series of two workshops designed to help your organization develop a marketing plan or enhance your marketing efforts. Whether organizations don’t know where to start, or have started and would like some guidance as they take next steps, this workshop series can help.

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Gift Acceptance, Investment & Spending Policies Workshop Feb. 7

First in Educational Series

United Midcoast Charities will offer a series of free educational opportunities on topics essential to nonprofit sustainability and impact throughout 2019. This series was developed in response to needs expressed by UMC’s nonprofit grantees and is made possible with support from donors and sponsors. Our goal is that attending nonprofits will emerge equipped to make a stronger impact than ever!

Midcoast nonprofit representatives are invited to register for UMC’s inaugural workshop in the series, Gift Acceptance, Investment & Spending Policies. Join us on Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. at Allen Insurance and Financial, 34 Elm St. in Camden to learn the hows and whys of developing your gift acceptance and investment policies with experienced gift planners, Abe Dugal and Sarah Ruef-Lindquist. This opportunity is open to nonprofit board members and executives who have a hand in developing organizational polices. Space is limited so registration is requested in advance. Call UMC at 236-2299 with any further questions.

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Day of Giving in Belfast, Camden and Rockland to Support UMC

The holiday spirit is thriving in the Midcoast, where businesses in the Belfast, Camden and Rockland area have set aside Saturday, December 8 to contribute to United Midcoast Charities (UMC) in support of the work of local nonprofit organizations.

Participating shops have committed to generously donate a portion of their sales to UMC, and all proceeds will be applied toward UMC’s grants – which help food pantries, health clinics, nursing services, homeless shelters and other providers of vital services in Knox and Waldo counties. The Day of Giving events are made possible through lead sponsorship from Allen Insurance & Financial and Horch Roofing with media sponsored by Courier Publications.

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United Midcoast Charities Awards $500K in Grants at Community Celebration

We are pleased to announce our 2018 grant awards of $500,000 to more than 40 nonprofit organizations in Knox and Waldo counties. A community celebration, “Grants and Dance,” marked the occasion on Sep. 20 at the Rockport Opera House, where an awards ceremony was followed by dancing to music provided by The Right Track.

Highlights of the event included the announcement of the first “Unsung Hero Award,” given to Kathy Beck of Rockland, a long-time volunteer at the Knox Clinic in Rockland. UMC board members, grant recipients and others in attendance offered Beck their warm congratulations and a hearty round of applause. The award was a cooperative effort between Courier Publications and United Midcoast Charities.

United Midcoast Charities’ grants in 2018 were given in four focus areas, based on UMC’s new strategic plan: Food, Housing, Health & Safety and Economic Security. A complete list of 2018 grant recipients in each focus area is available here.

This community celebration was made possible with support from the following sponsors: Bangor Savings Bank, Grasshopper Shop of Rockland, McLean Borden Cottage, O’Hara Corporation, Café Miranda and media sponsor Village Soup/Courier Publications.

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March Nonprofit News

Here are some resources Megan has been referencing – click the here to read all of our March Nonprofit News!

MEGAN’S BOOKMARKS
  1. Budgeting for Nonprofits
    National Council of Nonprofits
  2. Resources for Nonprofit Financial Management (Program budget template)
    The Wallace Foundation
  3. Principles for Good Practice and Ethical Practice Resource Center
    Independent Sector
  4. 5 Things to Never Say Publicly
    Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners – Nonprofit Consultants
  5. Pro Bono Technology Assessments
    Maine Association of Nonprofits
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February Nonprofit News

Nonprofits are the heart of United Midcoast Charities. Without the mission-driven work you do each and every day, UMC would not exist. Our updated mission is to energize Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization.

Click the here to read all of our February Nonprofit News – including articles and resources Megan is monitoring this month!

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