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 8 Nov 2017 | Group News
    A Maine student tells her inspiring story of returning to school after two decades.
    posted on 3 Nov 2017 | Group News
    Our fall newsletter introduces generations of dedicated donors and leaders for Maine's future.
    posted on 20 Oct 2017 | Group News
    Nov. 14 summit focuses on strong start for Maine children
    posted on 6 Oct 2017 | Group News
    Every year, MaineCF donors make a big difference in the lives of students determined to finish post-secondary education
    posted on 22 Sep 2017 | Group News
    The Oxford County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation invites you to join a celebration of grantmaking in Oxford County from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 11 at The Gem Theater in Bethel....

Other news from Maine Community Foundation

    posted on 13 Sep 2017 | Group News
    Maine Community Foundation's Annual INVEST IN MAINE SUMMIT
    posted on 17 Aug 2017 | Group News
    The Maine Community Foundation's 2016-2017 Report to the Community shares stories that illustrate our strategic goals and how Maine people help each other through education, innovation, and...
    posted on 23 Jun 2017 | Group News
    171 grants and $1.5 million in awards enrich communities across Maine
    posted on 29 Mar 2017 | Group News
    Portland-based tax attorney and CPA Peter Dufour considers the benefits of a donor-advised fund versus a private foundation, including being able to involve family members in the decision-making.
    posted on 21 Mar 2017 | Group News
    Our new Maine Ties visits The Telling Room and shares stories of people who enrich our state.

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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