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 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...
    posted on 11 Jun 2015 | Group News
    Why do many of us feel uncomfortable asking for what we want and deserve?

Other news from Maine Community Foundation

    posted on 1 Jun 2015 | Group News
    The Maine Community Foundation's 2014-2015 Report to the Community is now available online.
    posted on 1 Jun 2015 | Group News
    What are the tools to achieve racial equity in Maine? For teens in Lewiston, it's coaching to become leaders and role models for a growing immigrant community. Read the story of Tree Street Youth and...
    posted on 27 May 2015 | Group News
    Among 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 News
    Hot 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 News
    I 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...

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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