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 1 Nov 2018 | Group News
    Nancy Howland spent her early years in New London, Connecticut. She married Ensign David Howland of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1954 and began a nomadic life, moving from coast to coast--14 homes in 24...
    posted on 1 Nov 2018 | Group News
    Pamela Plumb was born and brought up in St. Louis, Missouri, but ended up going east to attend Smith College. She and her husband Peter moved to New York City where she received a master's...
    posted on 27 Sep 2018 | Group News
    Eliot Coleman was born December 15, 1938, in New Jersey. He attended Williams College and Middlebury College, where he received a master's degree in Spanish literature. He has been involved in...
    posted on 22 Aug 2018 | Group News
    Michael R. Felton became superintendent of the St. George Municipal School Unit (MSU) on July 1, 2015, after the Town of St. George withdrew from a larger unit to establish its own, independent...
    posted on 20 Jul 2018 | Group News
    Stefan Jackson of Bridgton, Maine, was born in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco in 1959. He went to Amherst College, graduating in 1981. He later attended the University of Pennsylvania...

Other news from Maine Community Foundation

    posted on 27 Jun 2018 | Group News
    Lucy Shulman, student speaker at University of Southern Maine commencement and a MaineCF Rockefeller scholar, shares her love of linguistics. Photo by Thalassa Raasch/MaineCF
    posted on 22 Jun 2018 | Group News
    Mariam Al-Hamdany has been a member of Portland Community Squash (PCS) since it opened in January 2017.
    posted on 12 Jun 2018 | Group News
    After retiring as founding president of College of the Atlantic, Edward Kaelber went on to found the Maine Community Foundation in 1983. Along with Marion Kane (1945-2012), he set out to attract...
    posted on 10 May 2018 | Group News
    James Ritter grew up in Frederick, Maryland. He attended the University of Delaware, earning a B.A. in political science in 1993. After graduating, he worked for MBNA in Newark, Delaware, as customer...
    posted on 19 Apr 2018 | Group News
    Troy Murphy was born in Biddeford in 1992 and attended Gould Academy in Bethel where his family now lives. In 2017 he qualified for the American freestyle ski team and competed in the...

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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