A Toast to Success

Numbers tell part of the success story of MaineCF’s Cumberland County Fund, which marks its 10th anniversary this year. The fund has awarded 128 grants to 103 organizations since it began grantmaking – more than $575,000 to nonprofits engaged in community-building efforts.

The real success of Cumberland County Fund grants lies in their impact on diverse communities across the county.  In Portland, for example, grant dollars helped Friends of the Eastern Promenade rehabilitate Fort Allen Park.  In Windham and Raymond, Teen Trendsetters, another grant recipient, pairs teen tutors with second- and third-grade students. In just two years, the literacy program has helped more than 60 struggling readers.

In honor of its 10th year, the Cumberland County Committee will award a special grant to a nonprofit doing outstanding work in the region. The all-volunteer committee also is spearheading a campaign to build its endowment. All contributions to the Cumberland County Fund, up to $50,000, will be matched by an anonymous donor until December 31.

For more information about the fund, please contact Stephanie Eglinton, senior program officer, at 761-2440, ext. 2205.

Photo: A crowd gathers at the Fort Allen Park in Portland to watch musician Jason Spooner last month. Friends of the Eastern Promenade hosts free concerts at the park on Thursday evenings through August. Photo by Corey Templeton via Flikr

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  •  A significant source for scholarships
  •  A steward of charitable assets
  •  A resource for donors.

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The foundation's 2015 annual report is available online.

What's New

Impact investing at work: Learn how MaineCF partners helped bring new life to an old mill in Dover-Foxcroft in this Portland Press Herald article.

Real Time blog: According to political scientist Robert Putnam, we are living in a segregated society. Why has the divide between haves and have-nots grown and what can we do to close it? Read “The Unequal Opportunity to Succeed,” August 17, 2015. 

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 other People of Color Fund grant recipients in our new report

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