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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 Jan 2015 | Group NewsA loan to Northern Girl in Aroostook County will help meet the demand for locally grown food.
posted on 22 Jan 2015 | Group NewsIn honor of the season, here are a few programs and organizations dedicated to getting people involved with winter activities.
posted on 13 Jan 2015 | Group NewsThe recently published Historical Atlas of Maine offers a diverse array of facts about our state -- and a great opportunity to test your knowledge.
posted on 6 Jan 2015 | Group NewsWhy does Maine rank low in giving? And what would it take to get philanthropists to direct more of their generosity to basic needs?
posted on 16 Dec 2014 | Group NewsA White House meeting to celebrate 100 years of the community foundation field inspires thoughts about the future of community philanthropy.
Other news from Maine Community Foundation
posted on 8 Dec 2014 | Group NewsWhere you are in your life affects how and why you give.
posted on 4 Dec 2014 | Group NewsIt's time to think grants: Maine Community Foundation's Community Building Grant Program, Rudman Library Trust, and Hospice Fund are now accepting applications for 2015 grants. Here are a few...
posted on 24 Nov 2014 | Group NewsA request for cash on a train in Atlanta on the eve of Veterans Day -- how does one respond?
posted on 10 Nov 2014 | Group NewsA long night of masks and candy inspires some thoughts on being true to oneself -- and holding fast to honesty.
posted on 10 Nov 2014 | Group NewsMaine's school year is back in full swing, with diverse programs from Aroostook to Kennebunk that benefit traditional students, adult learners, and senior citizens.
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.