Maine Community Foundation

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation has been partnering with donors and nonprofits since 1983 to strengthen Maine communities.

Maine Community Foundation Features

    posted on 28 Sep 2015 | Group News
    Maine offers a wealth of ways to give back to and invest in the state we love. Here are a few events next month that celebrate our resources and help strengthen our quality of life and place. How...
    posted on 17 Sep 2015 | Group News
    In her final blog as MaineCF president and CEO, Meredith Jones is naming names.
    posted on 1 Sep 2015 | Group News
    It will take more than policies to overcome the opportunity gap, but an optimistic Meredith Jones says it can be done.
    posted on 18 Aug 2015 | Group News
    According to political scientist Robert Putnam, we are living in a segregated society. Why has the divide between haves and have-nots grown and what can we do to close it?
    posted on 18 Aug 2015 | Group News
    September 15 is the deadline for applications to six of the Maine Community Foundation's 20 competitive grant programs. Grants are available statewide for a range of projects related to LGBTQ...

Other news from Maine Community Foundation

    posted on 4 Aug 2015 | Group News
    Race labeling has been with us for centuries and has helped promote systemic racism. Why do we continue to struggle with it?
    posted on 22 Jul 2015 | Group News
    The "Diversity Lottery System" offers one road to U.S. citizenship. Shouldn't we make that road easier to travel?
    posted on 16 Jul 2015 | Group News
    A longtime Maine resident and leader will become the fifth president in the Maine Community Foundation's 32-year history. Steven Rowe, of Portland, will succeed Meredith Jones as president and CEO on...
    posted on 7 Jul 2015 | Group News
    What do MaineCF's volunteer leaders have in common with those amazing Women's World Cup soccer champs?
    posted on 30 Jun 2015 | Group News
    The "Music that Moves Me" audio diaries on MPBN this month are about memories sparked by a song, an album, an adagio. How about some lyrics sung on a summer vacation on the shores of Lake...

About Us

The Maine Community Foundation serves thousands of people who share a common mission: improving the quality of life in our state.

Individuals, families, businesses and organizations create charitable funds that help Maine meet the challenges of changing times. Today, the foundation's assets of more than $250 million are held in stewardship for more than 1,200 funds.

Maine Community Foundation grants cover the full range of nonprofit undertakings, with a special focus in the areas of education, the environment, arts and humanities, and social and community services.

Since opening its doors in 1983, the foundation has awarded more than $140 million in grants and scholarships.

The Maine Community Foundation depends on volunteers to help review grants and build philanthropic resources. In 1986 the community foundation established the first three county funds to help with grantmaking in more rural regions of the state. These county funds, now numbering 12, are a highly effective way to build community capacity.

For more than 27 years, the Maine Community Foundation has been a leader in philanthropy in Maine. We will continue to play that role ever more vigorously in the future.

Resources for Donors

The Maine Community Foundation is one of the leading charitable resources for donors seeking to provide long-term support to strengthen Maine communities.

Known for its innovative grant program, financial strength, and prudent investment strategies, the Maine Community Foundation is a public charity incorporated in Maine and governed by a statewide volunteer Board of Directors.

A professional staff works in three program areas: grantmaking and program initiatives; resource development and philanthropic services; and finance and investments.

The community foundation offers a variety of fund options to meet the diverse goals of individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

As a nonprofit public foundation the Maine Community Foundation offers donors flexibility in fulfilling their charitable goals, and provides permanent, professional management and investment of charitable funds without the expense or effort of establishing and administering a private foundation or estate trust.

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245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
United States



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