The Maine Women's Fund board of directors and staff announced this week that Sarah Ruef-Lindquist will be the next CEO of the Maine Women's Fund. She will take the lead of the Maine Women's Fund April 1.
"We are very excited to have Sarah join the Fund. Her strong background in philanthropy, estate planning and resource development of non-profits will help us meet our goals of increasing the Fund's philanthropic assets and growing our impact throughout Maine," said Layne Gregory, who co-chairs the board of directors. "And she is incredibly smart and fun. We cannot wait to start working with her."
Ruef-Lindquist has extensive experience in fundraising, grantmaking and fiscal efficiency. She has won the admiration of her clients as the senior gift planning consultant at Planning for Good, a consulting practice she founded in 2008. Ruef-Lindquist advises organizations and their donors on maximizing the value of planned gifts to grow endowments to create sustainable organizations. She served in 2009 and 2010 as gift planning advisor to Colby College in their successful $376 million Reaching the World Campaign, and in 2011 and 2012 as gift planning advisor at Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation.
"The opportunity to lead the Maine Women's Fund at this time is exciting and humbling," Ruef-Lindquist said. "I am very pleased to lend my knowledge, experience and energy to building the resources that will support effective programs that empower women and girls to their fullest potential for the good of Maine and beyond."
Over the years, Ruef-Lindquist has served on 18 boards throughout Maine, including the Maine Philanthropy Center and Maine Bar Foundation (2010 president), for which she has received many awards and accolades. Ruef-Lindquist now serves on the boards of Friends of Mid Coast Maine and the Maine Planned Giving Council.