Category Archives: Community Relations

Revving up for 2015? Here’s a five point checklist

As we approach 2015, there are five things businesses, foundations and non profits can start now to make a greater social impact in the year ahead: Time for a tune up. Are you achieving what you set out to do? We find that at around the 3-5 year mark of a CSR or grant making […]

In a Company Crisis, the Best Defense Is a Strong Offense

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When something goes wrong in business, by accident or by design, the company will have a better chance of emerging from the crisis with its reputation in tact if it has the benefit of the doubt from the beginning. If a company is already acknowledged as an upstanding corporate citizen because of how it treats […]

Financial Advisors Bust Five Common College Planning Myths

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As Maine’s professional financial advisor community informs clients about Maine’s NextGen College Investing Plan®, they often find that they are busting some common myths about the state’s 529 plan too. Here, two financial representatives set the record straight. Myth: NextGen is just for babies. “Most people with whom I speak think that NextGen® is only […]

Top college planning advice; Information on grants from experienced Maine counselor

It was a full house on June 13 in Bath for Morse High School graduation.

Today we are in the midst of a full on effort for Maine’s next generation to 1) aspire to attend college and 2) have the means to make it happen. In Bath, Morse High School Counselor Leslie Trundy is on the front lines of this kind of dream building. The population of that city is […]

Investing now for college: A Q&A with FAME on NextGen grants

Maine is one of 30 states collaborating with the College Savings Plans Network to declare May 29th “529 Day” in an effort to encourage families to start preparing for college costs early. I spoke with the Finance Authority of Maine’s (FAME) Elizabeth Vanderweide about Maine’s NextGen College Investing Plan® and the thousands of dollars in […]

Attention Maine! Over $1,000 in NextGen Grants for Maine Children

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Did you know that the NextGen College Investing Plan® (NextGen) offers over $1,000 in matching grants for eligible Maine accounts? During May the Change Up blog will publish a series of interviews with financial advisors and college counselors and get their advice on getting started with college savings. Columns will feature the Finance Authority of […]

Great news from shoes

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On occasion, business competitors will transcend their rivalries to unite for a common purpose and Corporate Social Responsibility is elevated to an industry standard. Coming up in April, the footwear industry will mark such an effort with Footwear Cares®, an industry‐wide community service program led by the Two Ten Footwear Foundation and the event’s title […]

In managing a workplace crisis, the best defense is a strong offense

When something goes wrong in business, by accident or by design, a company will have a better chance to positively emerge from crisis if it has the benefit of the doubt from its stakeholders. If a company is recognized as an upstanding corporate citizen because of how it treats its employees, contributes to the community […]

Are you a cause marketer? Good for you! Here are some important legal updates to know

As businesses from the National Football League to the corner store to your neighborhood dry cleaner paint their products pink to support breast cancer awareness this month, states continue to update and refine the rules and regulations surrounding the cause marketing campaigns where businesses pledge donations to charities based on consumer purchases. Not all cause […]

Conservation for Economy & Environment: Downeast Community Effort at a Grand Scale

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With summer upon us, many of us are thinking about vacation destinations, but not as much as what’s happening behind the scenes to make these destinations so appealing. I recently had a peek into a beautiful place in Maine that I’ve yet to visit – Grand Lake Stream. The natural beauty and serenity of Grand […]