Community Foundation Grants at Work

From the monthly archives: January, 2014

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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


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