Membership Scholarships - FAQ

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an exceptional period for nonprofits in recent years, and as the pandemic continues to stress capacity we want to ensure that those in need of our services and supports can maintain access to them. In 2021, we developed a pool of scholarship funds to support organizations that would not be able to maintain membership without help. A portion of these funds remain available in 2022 to new and renewing members for whom full cost membership would be burdensome or prohibitive.

Please read through for commonly asked questions. 

Members will have access to all of our regular benefits including:

  •     Online access to Directory of Maine Grantmakers
  •     Exclusive member rates to programming including a substantial discount to our Philanthropy Partners Conference
  •     Free job postings – valued at up to $150 per post
  •     Monthly Enews with upcoming grant deadlines and resources, MPC and partner program info, and philanthropy news

What is the scholarship & how do I get it?

Any organization that expresses the need for supplemental support to get an MPC membership is eligible for a 50% discount on their applicable membership tier. Simply use the code MEMBER50 in your membership form to automatically apply the discount.

Nonprofits can apply using our Nonprofit Membership Form.  Consultants and professional firms use the Consultant Membership Form.

If you experience any issues using the discount code during checkout please reach out to Robert Burnett at  

I am new to MPC or didn't hold a membership last year. Can I still have my membership offset?

Yes! This scholarship is for any associate membership level regardless of prior membership status.

How do you define need?  

We are asking organizations to self-report need. Because scholarships are limited, we hope that those who can pay full membership will choose to do so. This will allow those that truly need the support to access it. 

What about the future?  

This discount program was made possible through exceptional support in 2021 and will remain available as funds allow in 2022. While we may not be able to give broad discounts for future memberships, there may be opportunity to offset your membership fees in the future.

Is the scholarship available for Consultant/Professional membership as well?

Yes, the scholarships are available for all MPC Associate Member types.  Consultants and professional firms use the Consultant Membership Form.