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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 27 May 2015 | Group NewsAmong my many fantasies is delivering the perfect college commencement address that inspires graduates to take charge and make meaning of their lives. It is the spring season of college graduations,...
posted on 20 May 2015 | Group NewsHot off the presses: Three new reports from the Maine Community Foundation provide updates and a special celebration related to our work -- and a chance to have a $1,000 grant made in your name. Get...
posted on 12 May 2015 | Group NewsI think former Maine Community Foundation board member Donna Loring said it best: "Being Indian in the State of Maine is like living on an iceberg of racism -- a raceberg." Last week the school...
posted on 28 Apr 2015 | Group NewsWhat's your best idea to advance education and quality of place in Maine? In conjunction with our special report, Measuring Up, we'd like to hear your thoughts. Three winners will be invited to make...
posted on 28 Apr 2015 | Group NewsData is my friend. I hear this from my colleagues in the foundation world, from many members of the staff at the Maine Community Foundation, and I know it from my own experience. Data reminds me of...
Other news from Maine Community Foundation
posted on 14 Apr 2015 | Group NewsI can't decide which of the following nail-biting dramas is more important -- or more interesting: These first few games of the 2015 baseball season, especially last Friday night's 19-inning win over...
posted on 6 Apr 2015 | Group NewsSeveral special Maine Community Foundation initiatives related to quality of place are bearing fruit. Here are a few updates, plus a couple of recent place-related grants and the latest on giving in...
posted on 31 Mar 2015 | Group NewsLeadership is a topic of both personal and professional interest. It is one of three goals in the Maine Community Foundation's Plan for the Future, and it is an essential component of the vibrant...
posted on 12 Mar 2015 | Group NewsA colleague's imminent retirement inspires reflections on a special legacy.
posted on 23 Feb 2015 | Group NewsThe Maine Community Foundation's winter Maine Ties newsletter is now available online.With a special focus on education, this issue also features news on impact investing and a tribute to the...
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.