The Mission is pleased to introduce the opportunity for you to establish permanent funds that carry your family name or in honor of another. Funds will provide support for specific programs and operations.

Contributions for the Mission’s work are its lifeline: annual giving supports up to a third of all that goes on in a year.  This is one of the most meaningful ways to give — you can earmark your annual gift for a specific program area or give unconditionally.

Deferred gifts, such as legacies by bequest, are crucial to the Mission’s future. If you believe in the Mission’s work and importance—and you have the means—consider naming the Mission in your will or estate plan. You may use a standard bequest clause without sharing your plans, but discussing your interests with a Mission staff member helps ensure your wishes are known and carried out in the future.

All types of giving can be made with cash, and real estate and other tangible property often are very good charitable gifts. Real estate or other tangible property often bring tax advantages when gifted.

Gifts of securities can also bring tax advantages. The Mission is pleased to accept stock gifts, which are tax advantageous. Go to [insert link for ‘ways to give’ ‘gifts of stock’] for more specifics.

Enjoy life income through a charitable trust, knowing your trust remainder will support the programs you are passionate about now.

To discuss your questions and plans in confidence, contact Ellen Pope 207-801-6009 or [email protected].

Maine People, Maine Spirit
A campaign building solid ground for the future

The Mission is within striking distance of achieving greater sustainability for Mission programs and work.

Edwin Mitchell chronicled his many trips on the Sunbeam in the 1930s in his classic book Anchor to Wind, saying this:

There are no better neighbors in the world than the people of Maine islands. In times of crisis and danger, all differences, if any exist, are forgotten, and everybody rallies around the one who is ill or in trouble. It is the same spirit which the men in the lobster boats showed at Seal Island when they stayed together in the snowstorm.

That spirit is very much alive today, and the Mission’s campaign honors it:  Maine People, Maine Spirit campaign is on the home stretch to winning the full match offered by an anonymous foundation for the Ed Greaves Education (EdGE) program:

  • $7.2 million is in-hand from generous donors and funders.
  • $858,000 remains to secure the final portion of the matching grant.

When all is said and done, these funds will sustain EdGE into the future.

We also aim to build a firmer foundation for the future of the Island Health Program, which brings medical and other health-related services to outer islands. We are actively seeking $1.5 million in commitments.

The Mission needs many hands here — we hope you will find ways to participate that are right for you. We will share news updates, over the fall and winter, with a goal of announcing success by April 2017.

To discuss your questions and plans in confidence, contact Ellen Pope at 207-801-6009 or [email protected].