Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Environmental Funders Network

The Environmental Funders Network (EFN) is a broad collaboration of funders with an interest in Maine’s natural environment and its connection with Maine’s communities.

EFN provides opportunities for education and sharing of information, encourages networking, and promotes environmental funding. Originally a joint initiative of the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) and the Maine Philanthropy Center (MPC), EFN is currently administered under the auspices of MPC and is staffed by a part-time coordinator. EFN is a nonpartisan organization and often plays the role of a neutral convener.

Since its inception in 2005, EFN has held a number of forums for funders on environmental and funding topics; designed and completed a three-year collaborative funding initiative focused on advancing Maine’s Quality of Place, which raised and distributed over $1.5 million in grants, and continued the initiative through grants supporting place-based collaborations in Lewiston-Auburn and Downeast. EFN currently supports the work of the Climate Change Funders Forum to increase shared understanding of climate-related issues and consider opportunities for aligning grant making and other investments.

An active Steering Committee, composed of foundation staff, trustees, and MaineCF donor advisors provides strategic direction and management of EFN. The Steering Committee is in the process of redefining EFN’s body of work for the next several years.


The Environmental Funders Network helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment and strengthen the connection to Maine’s people, communities, and quality of place. We accomplish our mission by:

  • Providing opportunities for education and sharing among funders to learn about critical issues facing the environment, explore potential solutions, and discuss joint action.
  • Encouraging networking and meaningful engagement among funders, nonprofits, businesses and others around key environmental issues and innovative solutions.
  • Identifying and promoting opportunities for environmental funding in Maine.



An informed network of funders has a greater impact addressing Maine’s environmental challenges.


In our work we value:

  • Expertise and experiences of nonprofits and community groups
  • Education and information provided by members of the partnership
  • Diverse philanthropic interests and perspectives
  • Candid communication


The Environmental Funders Network is not currently soliciting grant applications and does do not have the capacity to offer guidance or suggestions to those seeking funds. For more detailed information on funding sources, you may wish to consider the Maine Philanthropy Center’s Directory of Maine Grantmakers and other resources found at

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