MaineCF in the News

Revitalizing Millinocket: A MaineCF impact investment is helping the nonprofit Northern Forest Center renovate homes in Millinocket, where lack of quality housing makes it difficult to attract more professionals.

New History Archive: Local history buffs will have Southwest Harbor’s past at their fingertips, thanks to a new digital archive funded in part by a MaineCF grant. It includes about 7,000 photos collected over decades and a unique data visualization program that graphically connects related items in the archive.

Blue Hill Pride: Pride Fest, funded by a grant from the foundation’s Equity Fund, drew more than 250 people to Blue Hill for a march and other events to support the LGBTQ community. The grant also funded new library materials.

Charter School Grant: A grant from MaineCF’s Western Mountains Fund will allow the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences to purchase laptops for its Threshold Program. The program begins this month as part of Maine’s first charter high school, MeANS. It will allow students who are pregnant, parenting, or suffering from emotional/physical or other challenges to re-engage and attend school.

Built on Community: A couple in Chesterville has a new house to replace their aging mobile home thanks to industrious students and volunteers who worked all winter and a grant from the Western Mountains Fund. Columnist Bill Nemitz visited the project and tells the story of how a community came together for the project.

STEM Support: Dave and Sandy Perloff of the Perloff Family Foundation are inspiring more students with the donation of a 3D printer to Fryeburg Academy. They recently visited the school, where students are learning the basics of engineering.

Philanthropy in Maine: A new annual report from the Maine Philanthropy Center provides a snapshot of foundation and individual giving. Maine Community Foundation is the second most active foundation in Maine. The report also details county-by-county data and philanthropy by focus area.

Traditional Handcrafts: MaineCF recently announced the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund. The fund is one of several at the foundation that represent the legacy of Deborah Pulliam.

A Robot for Abby: Susan Kimball of the Portland Press Herald reports on a grant from the Perloff Family Fund of the Maine Community Foundation that allows a teen with Lyme disease to attend school from home. View the video broadcast on WCSH6-TV.

An Idea Blossoms: Seed funding from MaineCF’s impact investing program will allow the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay to construct a greenhouse and create a marine research facility to explore new commercial algal-based products.

Restoring an Old Beauty
: The 1889 Queen Anne-style Skowhegan Free Public Library joins the high-speed world with support from MaineCF and many other donors.

Addressing an Epidemic
: A series of forums presented by the Maine Opiate Collaborative and supported by MaineCF are addressing the statewide opioid epidemic. In Portland and elsewhere, personal stories show the devastating impact on Maine. MaineCF is supporting the series.

Worth Preserving: With grant support from MaineCF’s Belvedere Historic Preservation Grant Program, the majestic Columbia Falls Union Hall has been restored as a hub for the community.

Preserving History: Grants from MaineCF’s Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund and the Broad Reach Fund helped the Waponahki Museum restore plaster mannequins that depict centuries of Passamaquoddy life. The mannequins, created in the 1960s, were modeled after members of the Pleasant Point community.

Working Out: A former school in Orland has become a bustling business center that includes a community fitness center supported by a grant from the Hancock County Fund.

Help for New Residents: A Portland Adult Education class supported by a grant from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund, helps residents from other countries communicate better through accent-reduction classes.   

Great Girls: A program in Wilton supported by the Western Mountains Fund, gives girls a chance to shine: “It is amazing when a parent tells you her daughter ‘found her voice’ in Fit Girls,” the story reports.

They’re Cookin’: Creative Work Systems (CWS) in Saco has upgraded its industrial kitchen with grant support from the York County Fund. The kitchen is home to Culinary Works, a program that prepares meals for CWS residences and teaches participants basic kitchen skills.

Making Headway: Residents of Lubec, Milbridge, and Eastport have chosen projects through Making Headway in Your Community, a joint community development program organized by GrowSmart Maine and the Maine Downtown Center at the Maine Development Foundation. The projects will be funded by MaineCF and the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.