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 22 Apr 2014 | Group News
    It's official: We're trading our snow boots for waders and wellies. This spring many environmental organizations supported by the Maine Community Foundation are celebrating the season with...
    posted on 10 Apr 2014 | Group News
    We recently asked readers to send us short pieces about favorite places in Maine. As contest judge Donna Gold, writer and editor of COA, the magazine of College of the Atlantic, noted, reading the...
    posted on 10 Apr 2014 | Group News
    The Maine Community Foundation hired an Information Systems summer intern, Colby Tucker, through Project>Login, a program designed to increase the number of computer-smart college graduates in the...
    posted on 8 Apr 2014 | Group News
    What does the Human Development Index tell us about the U.S.?  Better health, educational attainment, and income allow us to lead fuller lives.
    posted on 25 Mar 2014 | Group News
    What role can our natural resources play in the future of Maine's rural communities?

Other news from Maine Community Foundation

    posted on 25 Mar 2014 | Group News
    The annual Foundations on the Hill gathering offered an opportunity to highlight giving in Maine.
    posted on 5 Mar 2014 | Group News
    One of the key goals of the Maine Community Foundation's Plan for the Future involves expanding Maine's leadership capacity. The coming weeks offer a number of special programs around...
    posted on 5 Mar 2014 | Group News
    One of the key goals of the Maine Community Foundation's Plan for the Future involves expanding Maine's leadership capacity. The coming weeks offer a number of special programs around...
    posted on 5 Mar 2014 | Group News
    On the eve of the 2014 Youth/Junior World Biathlon Championships, the Maine Winter Sports Center offers lessons in leadership.
    posted on 11 Feb 2014 | Group News
    In the annual Family Philanthropy Challenge, children carried the day.

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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