Karen Heck is a senior program officer for the Bingham Program, a philanthropy investing in the health of Maine people. Her work at Bingham is currently focused on the philanthropy’s initiative to change the cultural acceptance of violence against women and children. Karen has 30 years of experience in non-profit administration and a long standing interest in the healthy development of women and girls. During that time she has been instrumental in starting the local rape crisis assistance and prevention program, the statewide abortion loan fund, and the statewide women’s policy center as well as Hardy Girls Healthy Women. Her connections to the community range from her leadership in such main-stream organizations as the Waterville Rotary Club, the Waterville Main Street Program and the local Boys and Girls Club to statewide organizations focusing on women’s reproductive health and social change including the Maine Women’s Lobby, the Maine Women’s Fund, the Maine Choice Coalition and the Women’s Policy Center.