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 17 Nov 2016 | Group News
    Jennifer Richard, MaineCF's new director of gift planning, shares insights from her years as a trusts and estates attorney. 
    posted on 16 Nov 2016 | Group News
    Maine Community Foundation has unveiled its new strategic goals.
    posted on 16 Nov 2016 | Group News
    The fall issues of Maine Ties is now available.
    posted on 9 Nov 2016 | Group News
    Nearly 650 people turned out November 1 to hear Dr. Allan Johnson speak about white privilege.
    posted on 20 Oct 2016 | Group News
    MaineCF's Piscataquis County Fund, established by businesses and individuals, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1986, the fund has grown to almost $700,000 and the Piscataquis County...

Other news from Maine Community Foundation

    posted on 29 Sep 2016 | Group News
    Maine Community Foundation is conducting a series community conversation breakfasts throughout the state to learn how we can build on our communities' strengths and improve the quality of life...
    posted on 14 Sep 2016 | Group News
    MaineCF will host its inaugural summit November 1 with keynote speaker Allan G. Johnson, author of Privilege, Power, and Difference.
    posted on 23 Aug 2016 | Group News
    A former MaineCF board member and woman to watch focuses on our state's strengths as she helps build its future.
    posted on 3 Aug 2016 | Group News
    Community Conversations Maine Community Foundation is conducting a series community conversation breakfasts throughout the state to learn how we can build on our communities' strengths and improve...
    posted on 1 Aug 2016 | Group News
    We're excited to share our good news: MaineCF's Portland staff is moving August 29 to a new space, just steps from the current location. Our new offices will be in the Lancaster Building, a historic...

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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