The Maine Community Foundation celebrates its 35th year in 2018 with occasional profiles of people who contribute to and benefit from the foundation's work to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.

Pamela Plumb: Reviving Civility

"We have begun treating democracy as a winner-takes-all sport, when its fundamental process is dependent on having people discuss issues, sharing and listening to each other’s different points of view, and finding a middle ground that is acceptable to a majority of the people.”

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Eliot Coleman: Gardener, Teacher, Entrepreneur

“[Farming] is the hardest job you will ever love. The greatest satisfaction comes from making an exceptional product that enhances the well-being of your customers.”

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Mike Felton, Paul Meinersmann & Amy Palmer: The Makerspace Initiative

“At its core, the Makerspace reminds students (and educators!) that we are all inventors and entrepreneurs and have the power to solve problems.

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Stefan Jackson: Coaxer, Guide, Coach

“So diversity training entails learning to enjoy pushing rope up hill: painstaking, high failure-rate work on a molecular, atomic level – and being happy with long-term success of altering strands in organizational DNA.”


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Lucy Shulman: Inventor of Languages

"This is your future, your life, your student debt, not anyone else’s."

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Mariam Al-Hamdany: Learning to Lead

"The staff keeps me coming back and my friends from different schools who have different backgrounds."


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Edward Kaelber: MaineCF’s Founding President

“I remember getting grant proposals from small organizations. They didn’t write anything fancy, but they knew what they needed.”

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James Ritter: Maine State Librarian

“…Libraries in Maine are the nodes of multiple connections and the gateways for prosperous communities.”


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Troy Murphy: Mogul Master and Adventurer

“To me being a Mainer means that you’re a very genuine person who’s friendly, down to earth, and up for adventure!”


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Richard Silliboy and the World’s Largest Potato Basket

“I come out here [to my workshop] and work with the brown ash and it’s almost like praying.”

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