Maine Ties Spring 2018


Welcome to Maine Ties

The cover of our spring issue of Maine Ties features middle-schoolers from Portland Community Squash's youth leadership program, Rally Portland. A grant from MaineCF's Cumberland County Fund supported the  launch of Rally Portland.

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Chair's Page: Building on 35

When the Maine Community Foundation Board adopted a new strategic plan in 2017, some longtime donors and other partners may have wondered whether our focus on five critical goals would lead us to overlook other issues important to Maine. Let me assure you: The arts, historic preservation, human services, animal welfare, and many other areas continue to receive our full attention and support.

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The Art of the Astor

Art class Northeast Harbor is filled with song and lively activities, thanks to teacher Carol Shutt. Her own life as an artist and art teacher has been enriched by grants from the Vincent Astor Incentive Fund that have allowed her to study with artists around the world. 

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Meet Frank McElwain, a farmer and educator who brings a special history and skill set to his work on the Aroostook County Committee. The former school superintendent is now back on the tractor, with a renewed appreciation for people who make their living through long hours and manual labor.

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A Little Town Rallies to Build a Bright Future

The local paper mill defined lives in Bucksport for decades, but today the community is reshaping downtown with a bevy of volunteers and grant support from MaineCF. The little town at the head of Penobscot Bay has rebounded with community events that have raised its profile in the arts world.

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Strategic Giving

Provisions of federal tax legislation signed into law last December may be relevant to your philanthropy. Here are some highlights of how federal tax changes could affect your itemized deductions and gift planning.

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Cultivating Connections

A MaineCF donor’s unique gift helps establish a Center for Compassion at the University of Southern Maine. The donor's support for the new program shows how creativity can go hand in hand with giving.

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Exit Strategies for Investment Real Estate

Portland attorney Rick Abbondanza discusses how gifts to charity can help real estate clients manage income taxes through the 1031 tax-deferred exchange and the charitable deduction.

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New Help for Old Buildings

An expanded grant program will assist nonprofits that face high energy costs. Starting this year, the Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Fund will help nonprofits in their historic buildings.

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