Nonprofit Agency Funds at Work

Learn about some of the nonprofit organizations that have chosen to place their endowment or long-term funds with the Maine Community Foundation.

The Georges River Land Trust: 30 Years of Stewardship

Founded in 1987, the Georges River Land Trust in Rockland is dedicated to conserving the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education, and outdoor experiences. Among the trust’s holdings are the Jack Baker Woods in Thomaston, 100-Acre Island in Crawford Pond, and the 124-acre Appleton Preserve, which was purchased with assistance from the Land for Maine’s Future Program. It also maintains Georges Highland Path, a 50-mile network of low-impact footpaths in the Midcoast.

In 2015, the Kohler Foundation transferred the Bernard and Helen Langlais property in Cushing to Georges River Land Trust to own and steward. “Blackie” Langlais (1921-1977) was a renowned sculptor who had transformed part of the 90-acre property into a kind of sculpture park. On September 16, it will open to the public as Langlais Sculpture Preserve.

In August 2015 the Georges River Land Trust came to the Maine Community Foundation for investment management. MaineCF manages several funds for the trust, including an endowment for the Langlais Preserve. Today, the foundation provides management services for more than 240 municipalities and nonprofit organizations across the state, including 19 land trusts.

Photo: Bernard Langlais’s monumental Bear Group at his former home in Cushing. The Kohler Foundation has restored many of the outdoor sculptures. Photo courtesy Georges River Land Trust

Wilson Museum

Founded in 1928, the Wilson Museum in Castine uses its diverse collections and learning experiences to stimulate exploration of the natural history and cultures of the Penobscot Bay region and the world. Highlights of the collection include six dioramas constructed by Ned Burns of the American Museum of Natural History in 1926; ship models; and a reconstructed 1805 kitchen.

A special exhibition, “Salvaging the Past: 1779 and the Privateer Defence,” features artifacts from underwater excavation on loan from the Maine State Museum. The museum offers an array of summer programming for all ages, including blacksmithing and wood-turning demonstrations.

The Wilson Museum is one of more than 180 nonprofits that have transferred their endowments to the community foundation for management. Museums, libraries, historical societies, and community centers are among the cultural institutions that partner with the foundation.

Photo: Children make ice cream as part of the Wilson Museum's educational program, “Cocoa Ice.” Photo courtesy Wilson Museum

Aroostook Aspirations Initiative

Founded in 2012 by Ray and Sandy Gauvin, the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative (AAI) awards an annual scholarship to a senior in each of the 16 high schools in Aroostook County. The initiative focuses on youth who choose to attend Northern Maine Community College, Husson University, University of Maine at Fort Kent, or University of Maine at Presque Isle, which allows students to stay in Aroostook County and possibly live at home to make college more affordable.

AAI is much more than a scholarship program. “The greatest part about it,” says Sandy Gauvin, AAI president, “is that we provide advocacy and mentoring to our scholars throughout their college experience to allow them to complete a quality college education and stay right here in The County to work and raise families here.” For the Gauvins the program is a way to mobilize the future prosperity of Aroostook County.  And education, Sandy says, is “the great equalizer.”

The Aroostook Aspirations Initiative Fund is one of more than 200 nonprofit organizations for which the Maine Community Foundation provides investment management services. Learn more about our endowment management services on our website or by calling Liana Kingsbury at 877-700-6800, ext. 834.

Photo: Gauvin Scholars walk in the Potato Blossom Festival Parade in Fort Fairfield, July 2015

West Quoddy Head Light

Set on the most easterly point in the United States, the West Quoddy Head Light was first built in 1808. The lighthouse is known for its distinctive red stripes which help it stand out against the snowy backdrop of a Lubec winter. The West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association’s endowment, managed by the community foundation since 2005, enables it to maintain a center for visitors to learn more about the lighthouse, the community of Lubec, and maritime history.

Image: Jude Valentine, West Quoddy Headlight, soft pastel on paper, 2013, courtesy of the artist

Patten Lumbermen's Museum

This vintage photo by “Draper” of oxen hauling in northern Maine is from the collection of the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. In 2012, the museum transferred its endowment to the Maine Community Foundation for management. Photo courtesy Patten Lumbermen’s Museum

Maine Island Trail Association

Maine Island Trail Association volunteers help remove debris that washed ashore on an island in downeast Maine. The association established an endowment fund at the community foundation in 2001 and set up a second one for its Fund The Fleet campaign. Photo courtesy of Maine Island Trail Association

Maine Winter Sports Center

The Maine Winter Sports Center in Caribou established an endowment with the community foundation in 2002. Here, Aroostook County kids enjoy the Biathlon World Cup held in Fort Kent. Photo from NORDIC FOCUS, courtesy of Maine Winter Sports Center

Moosehead Historical Society

Built in 1893, the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan House at the Moosehead Historical Society contains exhibits of Moosehead Lake region history and culture from the Civil War to the post-World War II era. The Maine Community Foundation manages the historical society's endowment, along with more than 200 others. Photo courtesy Moosehead Historical Society

Lifeflight Foundation

A LifeFlight of Maine helicopter and crew land in Hancock to transport a patient to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The nonprofit provides a statewide medical helicopter service that transports critically ill and injured patients.The Maine Community Foundation manages the LifeFlight Foundation's endowment, one of more than 200 nonprofit endowments that benefit from the foundation's investment services. Photo by Michele Barker, courtesy of LifeFlight of Maine

White Pines Programs

At White Pine Programs, nature connection involves the use of all the senses. Here, summer campers learn how to identify, harvest, and prepare sarsaparilla. The Maine Community Foundation manages the organization's endowment fund. Photo courtesy The York Independent

Erskine Academy

Erskine Academy, located just outside the capital city of Augusta, is Maine's second largest independent school. Serving nearly 700 domestic and international students, Erskine provides an academic program designed to maximize a student's potential. The school has chosen to place its endowment with the Maine Community Foundation.