History

We’re a different kind of foundation.

Maine Initiatives was founded in 1993, when Doug Malcolm brought together a small circle of donors and community leaders to create a different kind of foundation: a fund with the sole mission of supporting social change in Maine. Since then, thousands have joined us in pooling charitable gifts to have an impact — to make change.

We’re a movement-builder. We mainly make general support grants, because funding mission is the best way to move our grantees’ work forward.

Today, Grants for Change are for to $25,000 for a three year period. We also make small, rapid-response Lighting Grants up to $2,000 to help organizations with immediate one-time needs.

It’s working. From rural people saying no to aerial pesticide spraying to city tenants winning lead abatement, from small towns turning back big box developers to urban residents gaining control over downtown redevelopment, from immigrants securing basic protections under the law to the LGBTQ community securing equal rights under the law, our grantees are transforming Maine.

Most recently, our support has helped defend same-day voter registration and Clean Elections, advance the cause of marriage equality, hold the line on human services funding, remove BPA from baby bottles and other consumer goods, and much more.

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