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World Affairs Council of Maine

Connecting Maine with the world since 1977

PORTLAND , ME   |  www.wacmaine.org

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Mission

The World Affairs Council of Maine promotes global engagement across the state through discussion, dialogue, and citizen diplomacy. A non-partisan, non-profit, educational organization, the World Affairs Council of Maine has been connecting Maine with the world since 1977. Offering 50+ programs each year, the Council provides Mainers of all ages and in all parts of the state access to world-class insight and information on critical world events as well as opportunities for candid conversations complex global issues and cultural exchange. In cooperation with Global Ties, the Council coordinates professional development programs in Maine for the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Dr. Allison Beth Hodgkins

Main address

C/O USM PO BOX 9300 98 Bedford St

PORTLAND , ME 04104 USA

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EIN

01-0365691

NTEE code info

International Affairs, Foreign Policy, & Globalization (Q50)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is the largest and longest-running discussion program on foreign policy in the United States. Using materials prepared by the Foreign Policy Association, the Council invites Maine residents to conduct expert facilitated discussions on the most critical global challenges facing the United States. Each year sessions are held in public libraries, senior learning centers, and offered to area High Schools. Great Decisions reminds Americans that foreign policy matters, and encourages informed debate on the best approaches to tackling pressing global challenges.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Global Ties U.S. 2024

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

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World Affairs Council of Maine

Board of directors
as of 06/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

David Plumb


Board co-chair

Tim Wells

Dan Berger

Maine International Trade Center

Ross Hickey

University of Southern Maine

Michael Dickel

Veiola

Ghomri Rostampour

Opportunity Alliance

Jackie Dennis

Retired

Sarah Dawn Petrin

Prosperity Maine

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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