Liliane Willens, an ex-officio member of the Quimby Family Foundation, gives the keynote address at the yearly ceremony when grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations in Maine.
Liliane was born in China where she studied at a French government school in Shanghai. She holds a Ph.D. in French literature and language from Boston University and taught at Boston College and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Later, her career in Washington, DC included U.S. government assignments overseas with the Agency for International Development and the Peace Corps.
Having seen forests denuded and flora and fauna destroyed in some countries by mismanagement and projects, Liliane adheres fully to the Quimby Family Foundation two-fold mission to protect the environment and promote art in Maine with the help of nonprofit organizations.
Welcome to the Quimby Family Foundation! The foundation was formed in 2004 by Roxanne Quimby - an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and philanthropist with the vision to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts throughout Maine. In 2005, we began accepting proposals and awarding grants to Maine based nonprofits focused on the arts and the environment. In 2014, a decade after the foundation was created, we added Healthy Living as an additional funding priority, and in early 2016 we entered a planning period with the goal of refining our mission and grant making strategy. The Board of Directors is composed of Quimby family members spanning two generations and we recently added an Advisory Board with extended family and community members.
It is a great privilege for our family to be engaged in this work and to learn from visionary leaders across the state of Maine. We are inspired and encouraged by organizations that are working tirelessly to protect the health of the natural environment and its inhabitants. Our family considers the work of the foundation as one of our greatest opportunities and responsibilities and we look forward to working with visionary organizations for years to come!
We envision thriving Maine communities empowered by reciprocal relationships with nature. We see people connecting with, eating from, and ultimately caring for Maine's farms, woods, and waters.
To grow human wholeness by fostering stronger relationships between people and nature.
Human Wholeness: To us, human wholeness is physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health. We believe in the inherent value of nature to advance all four.
We strive to work collaboratively, guided by the following commitments:
- We respect our partners time and commit to being accessible and responsive
- We commit to a culture of learning for our board, staff, and partners
- We commit to reasoned risk taking and creative problem solving
- We commit to listening and we seek feedback from all directions to encourage open communication and to foster collaboration
- We commit to honesty & transparency
- We commit to steward the foundations resources with the utmost integrity and care as we advance the foundation's mission
We prioritize projects that contribute to our desired impacts and exemplify our values.
Projects that are driven by and responsive to needs within the community are more likely to be relevant, meaningful, and successful.
Further, projects that have been developed and/or implemented with input and active involvement from community stakeholders and target populations contribute to the community connection and empowerment we seek.
We prioritize projects that support human wholeness for underrepresented populations and geographic regions throughout the state of Maine.
We prioritize projects that support the health of people and the planet and recognize the symbiotic relationship between the two.
We prioritize projects that empower individuals and communities to take ownership of their health through preventative/proactive nutrition and outdoor recreation.