Community Foundation Grants at Work

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Machias, Creative Community

CCED: The letters stand for Creative Community = Economic Development, a program of the Maine Arts Commission. The community foundation’s Belvedere Fund for Downeast is supporting the commission’s CCED in Machias where the Beehive Collective is restoring three downtown buildings. The collective has been creating additional buzz with its recently completed illustrated map of Mesoamerica. Watch a video of the making of the map here.

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Raise the Roof

Fifty volunteers choreographed by two talented carpenters raised the Roberts Farm Preserve warming hut timber frame in two hours. The hut serves at least 50 kids every weekday and families on weekends when they're skiing or snowshoeing. The Western Foothills Land Trust, which manages the 165-acre preserve, is in the final months of fundraising to meet the Ram Island Conservation Fund’s $25,000 endowment challenge grant administered by the community foundation. 

Photo Brenda Melhus, courtesy WFLT

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A Slam Dunk for Scholarships

With more than 400 scholarships available to Maine students and a desire to make sure everyone knows about them, MaineCF is helping to underwrite MPBN’s broadcast of the 2014 Maine high school basketball tournament. If you are looking to establish a scholarship fund, create your own named fund, or invest in Maine by partnering with the community foundation, we’re ready to help.

Photo: Bangor High School 2013 graduation in the Cross Insurance Center by Gabor Degre/Bangor Daily News.

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Heat or Eat

As WABI-TV reporter Terry Stackhouse notes in this clip, at this time of year the choice for Maine families is often “heat or eat.”

For the third year running, the Maine Community Foundation is a partner in the Hancock County Food Drive. More than 130 churches, businesses, organizations, and schools are collecting food, some using inventive ways to spur donations.

In addition to $10,000 donations from MaineCF and the United Way of Eastern Maine, the foundation’s Broad Reach Fund is contributing $5,000 earmarked for pantries to purchase personal hygiene products.

Food pantries all over Maine are looking for support. Good Shepherd Food-Bank is a clearinghouse for many pantries across the state.

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Starbird's Scholarship

Last year, Pearl Starbird sent 13 kids to college to pursue their passion in art and music—a fitting legacy for an accomplished artist, musician, and teacher. During her life, Starbird (1909-2011) taught art in Boston, but she always considered her family’s camp in Waterford, Maine, to be her home. The Starbird scholarship at the community foundation encourages students to pursue an education in classical music and art. You, too, can create a legacy through the Maine Community Foundation. Visit the “For Donors” section of our website or contact the Maine Community Foundation at 1-877-700-6800.

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They fly through the air...

…All the way to the Olympics!

Carrabassett Valley Academy sends its students to some of the best colleges in the country, but it’s also known for grooming Olympians.

The Maine Community Foundation supports its skiers and snowboarders through several scholarships.

Read more about learning on a mountain in Maine.

 Photo courtesy CVA

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Park and Revitalization


Supporters of a proposed park in Ellsworth have met their $500,000 year-end goal, with assistance from the Maine Community Foundation. A $33,000 contribution from several anonymous MaineCF donors will help transform the six-acre vacant lot into Knowlton Park.

The $1.2-million plan includes an ampitheater, pavilion, children’s nature play area, “splash pad,” walking path, and fountain.

(Looking for photos previously used on the home page? Go here.)

Knowlton Park design by Archipelago & A. Muench Landscape Architects


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Learning to Give

Students at the University of Southern Maine are learning by giving -- and four nonprofits will benefit from their studies.

USM's unique class, "Thoughtful Giving: Philanthropy in American Culture," uses the Portland area as a real-life laboratory. Students in the semester-long class learn about philanthropy, write grant proposals and together choose recipients to support.

Funds for the program are supplied by Maine Community Foundation donors and the Learning by Giving Foundation. Last month the students awarded $17,000 to help children and youth through The Opportunity Alliance, Rippleffect, The Root Cellar, and Friends of Evergreen.

Above, Lincoln Middle School students from Portland learn leadership skills at Rippleffect. Photo courtesy Rippleffect

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So Selfless, So Giving

Lanie Howes, a junior at Madison Area Memorial High School, raised $24,000 for Make-A-Wish Maine. Recipient of the 2013 Demont Youth in Philanthropy Award, Howes learned about philanthropy in the Jumpstart Our Youth program, funded in part by the Maine Community Foundation.

A video documents her outstanding work. Photo courtesy Make-A-Wish Maine.

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Honoring a Loved one

 As a psychiatrist who has worked in Maine’s prisons, Diane Schetky knows that illiteracy is more than just embarrassing: it can ruin lives. So when her father, Andrew Heiskell, a publisher and supporter of libraries, died in 2003, Schetky knew how she could honor his legacy. With the help of family and her father’s friends, she established the Andrew Heiskell Memorial Literacy Fund, a donor-advised fund at the Maine Community Foundation.


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