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 11 May 2016 | Group News
    Freeport Community Services is community-run and community-based -- in fact, community is its middle name. The organization, which celebrated its 40th year in 2014, provides direct services to...
    posted on 2 May 2016 | Group News
    With farmers and gardeners busy planting, it seemed like the perfect time to highlight a few innovative and exciting projects and programs going on across Maine related to agriculture. Algae, anyone?
    posted on 27 Apr 2016 | Group News
    MaineCF's Carl Little tells the story of a committed kitchen that rescues people and food while it fights hunger. Click here for full story.
    posted on 26 Apr 2016 | Group News
    Maine Community Foundation is updating its online grant application system and has closed the current online system for all grant programs with deadlines after June 15, 2016. The new online...
    posted on 5 Apr 2016 | Group News
    Is 'good-bye' the best way to say 'I love you'? SeniorsPlus screens 'Nine to Ninety' with support from MaineCF. Click here for full story.

Other news from Maine Community Foundation

    posted on 29 Mar 2016 | Group News
    Monica Wood, speaker at MaineCF's Inspiring Philanthropy, celebrates the release of her new book on April 5. Click here for full story.
    posted on 21 Mar 2016 | Group News
    And happy 30th anniversary to our first three county funds -- Aroostook, Piscataquis, and Washington. Our latest Maine Ties celebrates donors who generously give back to a state that gives us so much...
    posted on 15 Mar 2016 | Group News
    A headline in the Portland Press Herald tells the story: Drug overdose deaths surge by 'shocking' 31 percent in Maine. The statistics are heartbreaking -- 272 people in Maine died of drug overdoses...
    posted on 8 Mar 2016 | Group News
    MaineCF will host the third in its series of community conversations on Friday, April 29, in Belfast. The community is invited to share thoughts on how we can build on our communities' strengths and...
    posted on 8 Mar 2016 | Group News
    Our new Maine Ties celebrates the 30th anniversary of our first three county funds, which have distributed nearly $2.5 million in local grants. Read about some of the donors who have contributed to...

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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