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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 15 Jul 2014 | Group NewsIf poverty is not being solved, do we stop trying? And what's the role of private charity in tackling this complex problem?
posted on 15 Jul 2014 | Group NewsWhy are wealthy donors reluctant to make large gifts to support social services?
posted on 23 Jun 2014 | Group NewsWhat does "downtown" mean to you? The answer may depend on your decade: department store shopping, Petula Clark, or even vacant buildings. Many organizations across the state, including...
posted on 17 Jun 2014 | Group NewsA StoryCorps interview with Jay Espy, executive director of the Sewall Foundation, leads to reflections on philanthropy, the future of Maine -- and a life in radio.
posted on 3 Jun 2014 | Group NewsA jog through Belfast, while torture, offers time to consider community -- and wonder where to find and support Maine's future leaders.
Other news from Maine Community Foundation
posted on 28 May 2014 | Group NewsThe challenges faced by Mainers may pale compared to those of the Chinese, but there are lessons to be learned from a trip to the Middle Kingdom.
posted on 28 May 2014 | Group News"An informed network of funders has a greater impact addressing Maine's environmental challenges." That vision, adapted by the Environmental Funders Network (EFN) in 2006, continues to be a guiding...
posted on 28 May 2014 | Group NewsA concept sketch of Knowlton Park in Ellsworth shows a fountain and open-air pavilion. In its efforts to help renew Maine's downtowns, the community foundation draws on a variety of resources,...
posted on 28 May 2014 | Group NewsLocal leaders help the Maine Community Foundation build and sustain vibrant communities across the state. County committee members are committed to building financial support for their regions...
posted on 13 May 2014 | Group NewsThe Maine Community Foundation's 2013-2014 Report to the Community is now available online. Read how the community foundation is focusing on leadership, education, and place to fulfill its...
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.