The Maine Philanthropy Center (MPC) is a regional association of grantmakers working to promote philanthropy and to increase its impact in Maine. Our members include private family and independent foundations, community and public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs. We invite you to learn more about MPC's membership benefits, programs and events, and resources for grantmakers and nonprofits.
A three-part short video capturing the story of the Maine Philanthropy Center including interviews with founders, former board members, and other key players in the philanthropic community. |
Early Years of MPC
Middle Years of MPC
The Future of MPC, this piece includes a wonderful video of Mark Swann from Preble Street literally juggling all the balls in order to keep a nonprofit running.
MPC is excited to announce that Barbara Edmond will be the incoming President and will join MPC on June 10. Barbara comes to MPC from United Way Worldwide, where she has been the Vice President of Mobilization Markets and the Vice President of Best Practice Exchange responsible for providing intensive consultation and coaching to United Ways across the country. Prior to joining United Way Worldwide in 2004, Barbara served as CEO of United Way of York County in Kennebunk, Maine. Barbara is eager to return to Maine and bring her enthusiasm for advancing the common good and passion for mobilizing communities to MPC.
MPC has just released a new Giving in Maine report, which provides a snapshot of foundation giving patterns in Maine in 2011 (the most recent available data). The report reveals the varying levels of grantmaking to nonprofits in education, health, human services, environment, arts and several other sectors. It also details the state's Top 20 Foundations and their total grantmaking in Maine. The figures show that overall grant dollars awarded by Maine-based foundations in 2011 increased by 10% over the previous year, while grant dollars from the Top 20 foundations increased by over 40%. The numbers also reveal significant increases to health care, public benefit, and education in 2011. Download the latest Giving in Maine report.
Connecting Congress with Philanthropy
The Maine Philanthropy Center was in Washington D.C. recently with the Council on Foundations, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and over 200 philanthropic leaders from 34 states. The Maine delegation seen here with Sen. Collins included (L to R): Gillian Schair (Hudson Foundation), Meredith Jones (Maine Community Foundation), Janet Hanry (MPC), and Michael Rayder (TD Charitable Foundation). The annual Foundations on the Hill provides an opportunity to meet with our elected officials to raise awareness about philanthropy's role in addressing critical issues in Maine and to discuss policies that could impact the entire charitable sector. This year was particularly critical given the potential effects of tax reform and the vulnerability of the charitable deduction . For more, read Meredith Jones’ blog with reflections on the visit.
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