Sarah Ruef-Lindquist


Sarah Ruef-Lindquist is the CEO of the Maine Women’s Fund, attorney and financial advisor who focused on trust and estate planning, and has significant fundraising experience, especially planned giving. She was 2010 President of the Maine Bar Foundation and founded Planning for Good, a consulting firm to assist non profits building their endowments. She received her B.A. from Southern Methodist University and J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Ms. Ruef-Lindquist has practiced law, was Vice President for Southern Maine at the Maine Community Foundation, then Vice President and Senior Administrative Trust Officer at Union Trust Company. In her roles within wealth management she worked extensively with non-profit organizations and donors in the creation, management and administration of endowment funds, charitable trusts, private foundations, pooled income funds, gift annuities and has facilitated eight-figure and other complex gifts. She has extensive experience in educating board members and staff in the area of planned giving, and developing the policies and procedures necessary for the solicitation of planned gifts, as well as the policies for their investment and endowment spending.

Ms. Ruef-Lindquist is licensed in Maine, New Hampshire (inactive status) and the Federal Courts of both jurisdictions. She is a member of the New Hampshire, Maine State and American Bar Associations, as well as the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, formerly the National Committee on Planned Giving, the Maine Planned Giving Council, Maine Estate Planning Council and the American Bankers Association and its Institute for Certified Bankers. She served as president of the Maine Planned Giving Council in 2006 and 2007 and oversaw the production of the premier 2006-07 Leave A Legacy ™ Magazine for the council and continues to serve on the board, as well as the board of the Friends of Midcoast Maine and West Bay Rotary Club. Her husband, Peter, is an artist and graduate of Maine College of Art, and they reside in Camden.