MaineCF provided grant support in 1991 for the Casco baykeeper position, now held by Ivy Frignoca. Photo Kevin Morris, courtesy Friends of Casco Bay

MaineCF grows from a $10 donation to more than $530 million in assets

1983: $10 gift launches MaineCF, first office opens in Ellsworth
1984: First scholarship fund established; more than 565 today
1986: First county funds in Aroostook, Piscataquis, and Washington counties
1993: Piscataquis Regional YMCA is first of more than 250 MaineCF-managed agency funds
1994: MaineCF opens satellite office in Portland
1998: MaineCF acquires former Ellsworth train station as office
2003: Maine Compact for Higher Education launches to support access to higher education
2001: MaineCF assets exceed $100 million
2003: Maine Compact for Higher Education launches to support access to higher education
2007: $15 million bequest from Deborah Pulliam establishes Belvedere funds
2013: Grants to Green program pilots energy efficiency programs for historic buildings
2015: Grants surpass $35 million
2016: New strategic goals focus on early childhood, education, racial equity, older adults, and entrepreneurship and innovation
2018: MaineCF assets exceed $530 million

1991: Casco Bay Collaboration

When Friends of Casco Bay realized shortly after founding that the organization needed a full-time advocate for Casco Bay, MaineCF provided start-up grant support for the position. Joe Payne became Casco Baykeeper in 1991, and helped Maine take the lead as one of the first waterkeepers in the world. Environmental lawyer Ivy Frignoca took the helm in 2016 when Payne retired, and continues collaborative work with others to protect and advocate for the health of Casco Bay.

2006:  Environmental Funders Network

EFN started as a group of Maine funders who wanted to add value and impact to their grantmaking by working together. Between 2009 and 2011 the network awarded just over $1.5 million to 16 organizations that enhance the quality of place in Maine. EFN continues its mission in 2018 with offerings that include a program on aquaculture in Maine and an upcoming tour of the Mount Katahdin region to learn about efforts to grow its natural resource-based economy.  

Snow-covered Mount Katahdin from the shore of Millinocket Lake. Photo Thalassa Raasch/MaineCF

2007: Maine Farmland Trust Buy/Protect/Sell Program

In 2007, the Maine Community Foundation made a $1-million low-interest loan to Maine Farmland Trust to purchase high value farmland, permanently protect it with an easement, and sell it to a farmer at a price consistent with its use. To date, with MaineCF’s support, the trust’s Buy/Protect/Sell program has directly protected 41 farm projects and permanently preserved 10,245 acres of farmland. The program has enabled 44 farmers to buy or lease needed land.

Early morning harvest in August at Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Windham. Photo Mat Trogner  



2007: People of Color Fund

MaineCF’s People of Color Fund was the first fund in Maine dedicated to addressing racial equity. The fund supports organizations that are led by and serve people of Native American, Latino, African, Arab, and Asian descent. Since 2007, 139 grants from the fund totaling $908,260 have helped address health disparities, provide leadership development for people of color, and support projects and organizations that improve economic opportunities in Maine. 

Fatumo Mohamed takes a break from working on her high school homework at Tree Street Youth. 
The Lewiston nonprofit is a People of Color Fund grantee. Photo Thalassa Raasch/MaineCF


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Snow-covered Mount Katahdin from the shore of Millinocket Lake.

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Early morning harvest in August at Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Windham. Photo Mat Trogner

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Early morning harvest in August at Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Windham. Photo Mat Trogner