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Government Offices

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Governor Janet T. Mills – (207) 287-3531, Augusta

Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523, Washington, DC

Senator Angus King – (202) 224-5344, Washington, DC

Attorney General Aaron Frey – (207) 626-8800, Augusta

Guide for Board Members of Charitable Corporations

Maine Government Elected Officials

Maine Arts Commission – MAC offers grant funding to Maine organizations, individuals, schools, and municipalities.  Grants Management System

Maine Commission for Community Service – The Commission builds capacity and sustainability in Maine’s volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy. Partner organizations include: Corporation for National and Community Service, which represents AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America; and, a project that serves as a “one-stop” service for both citizens who want to volunteer and to community groups seeking to address local problems through volunteer-powered solutions. VolunteerMaine.Org generally provides an alternative to individuals unable to commit to the major monthly time commitment required by AmeriCorps and other national groups.

Maine Department of Education – The Maine DOE is an agency of the State of Maine that administers both state education subsidies and state and federal grant programs; coordinates the authoring of the rules for Maine State education statutes passed by the Maine State Legislature; provides professional development, information, supports and resources, as well as a system for educator credentialing; and leads many collaborative opportunities and partnerships in support of local schools and districts.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services – The Department provides health care and social services to approximately a third of the state’s population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. We also promote public health through the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, operate two state psychiatric hospitals, and provide oversight to health care providers through our licensing division.

Maine Office of Community Development – OCD is a division within the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD). The primary focus of OCD is the administration of the HUD funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which includes regional technical assistance and training. They work closely with Maine municipalities, regional partnerships and non-profit groups to meet a broad array of economic and community development needs.

Maine Office of Professional & Financial Regulation 

Other Resources

Maine Philanthropy Center – a regional association of grantmakers – small and large private foundations, community foundations, public foundations, corporate giving programs, family foundations and philanthropic individuals – who share a commitment to increasing the vitality and visibility of Maine’s philanthropy community.  MPC carries out its mission through a range of programs and services.

Association of Fundraising Professionals – Northern New England Chapter – Based in Portsmouth, NH, the AFP-NNE Chapter is the professional association for fundraisers and development executives from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont who are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. The Chapter provides ethical expertise and guidance to practitioners of philanthropy through education, training, mentoring, networking and advocacy. 

Maine Association of Nonprofits – Based in Portland, MANP’s mission is to strengthen the leadership, voice and organizational effectiveness of Maine nonprofits by serving as the state’s comprehensive resource for the tools, knowledge and connections nonprofits need to be effective and well-run.

Pro Bono Legal Services from Bernstein Shur – Our founder, Israel Bernstein, was strongly committed to strengthening his community, which is why civic service has been an integral part of Bernstein Shur’s core values since day one. On average, our attorneys collectively dedicate approximately 2,000 hours a year to charitable organizations, providing legal services worth approximately $500,000. Many of our attorneys and staff members also supplement those hours by serving in civic leadership positions, volunteering for local nonprofits, and coaching sports teams in their communities.

United Ways

United Way of Androscoggin County, Inc. – Based in Lewiston, UWAC’s mission is to increase the organized capacity of people in Androscoggin County to care for one another.  The organization leads and supports strategic initiatives that work to identify the root causes of community-wide problems and brings collective community resources together to implement long-lasting solutions.

United Way of Aroostook – Based in Presque Isle, the mission of UWA is to mobilize resources to improve the lives of people in our communities. We’re igniting a social movement by empowering people to unite and solve complex problems that affect us all.

United Way of Eastern Maine – Based in Bangor, UWEM works in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington counties to improve the lives of people in Eastern Maine by mobilizing the caring power of people and communities. Today, United Way of Eastern Maine is the largest private funder of education, income, and health services in the five-county area.

United Way of Greater Portland – United Way of Greater Portland’s mission is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Today, we are uniting individuals and organizations around our community’s shared vision, Thrive2027, with its three 10-year goals to improve education, financial stability and health for every person in Greater Portland.

United Way of Kennebec Valley – Based in Augusta, UWKV serves 21 communities in Southern Kennebec County, partnering with 51 local programs to provide a better quality of life for people experiencing emergencies, hardships and personal challenges. More than 22,000 Kennebec Valley people were helped by United Way programs and initiatives in the last year. This means 30% of local people are directly supported by United Way!

United Way of Mid Coast Maine – Based in Bath, UWMCM serves people in Sagadahoc and Lincoln Counties, Brunswick and Harpswell by working to create long-lasting change in the areas of Education, Financial Stability/Basic Needs, and Health.

United Way of Mid-Maine – Based in Waterville, UWMM is a local organization that creates long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of our most significant local problems. We proudly serve the people of Somerset, Northern Kennebec and Western Waldo Counties by working with 26 partner agencies providing programs that create solutions to the problems many face every day in Mid-Maine.

United Way of the Tri-Valley Area – Based in Farmington, UWTVA strives to unite people and resources to improve lives and build a strong and healthy community. We do this by identifying local needs and addressing their root causes, raising funds to meet those needs, and collaborating on local initiatives that create a measurable difference in Greater Franklin County.

United Way of York County – Based in Kennebunk, UWYC has focused on the most important issues facing our community. Currently, our community-influenced strategic plan is focused on ensuring the best start for children birth to age 8, improving nutritional outcomes for children and seniors through hunger prevention, helping youth develop leadership skills and community connections by engaging them in service and philanthropy, and supporting a safety net of services that meet basic needs. To do this, we galvanize individuals and organizations to act, while mobilizing resources, expertise and funding.

Top Foundations

The Maine Community Foundation, Inc.$28,986,732 
TD Charitable Foundation$26,847,693 
Lunder Foundation$16,337,493 
John T. Gorman Foundation$6,655,890 
Libra Foundation$4,655,795 
Davis Educational Foundation$4,453,600 
Maine Cancer Foundation$3,802,072 
The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation$3,506,350 
Maine Health Access Foundation$3,407,832 
Davis Family Foundation$2,478,115 
Huber Foundation$1,840,000 
The Sam L. Cohen Foundation$1,633,333 
Hannaford Charitable Foundation$1,508,800 
Maine Justice Foundation$1,493,727 
Horizon Foundation, Inc.$1,020,000 
Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust$895,680 
Davis Conservation Foundation$759,165 
Bangor Savings Bank Foundation$628,876 
Fisher Charitable Foundation$465,900 
The Doris L. Benz Trust$422,992 
Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust$395,100 
Kennebunk Savings Bank Foundation$372,761 
Saco & Biddeford Savings Charitable Foundation$288,075 
Unity Foundation$281,833 
Davenport Trust Fund$280,308 
Maine Initiatives, Inc.$206,238 
Franklin Savings Bank Community Development Foundation$176,867 
The Golden Rule Foundation, Inc.$157,000 
Machias Savings Bank Community Development Foundation$137,500 
Maine Women’s Fund$136,400 
The Bank of Maine Charitable Foundation$81,900 
MainStreet Foundation$77,780 
Woodard & Curran Foundation$50,833 
John Sage Foundation$46,690 
Planet Dog Foundation$37,750 
The Catalyst Fund$10,000

Community Foundations

The Maine Community Foundation, Inc.Maine