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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Health

Mission: Maine Cancer Foundation is a non-profit 501c(3) organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of Maine people by funding cancer research, education and patient support programs. 100% of the funds raised remain in Maine.

Results: Since our formation in 1976, Maine Cancer Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to hundreds of organizations state-wide. A complete catalog of our grant recipients can be found here: http://mainecancer.org/all-grants

Target demographics: the fight against cancer

Direct beneficiaries per year: the people of Maine by distributing more than $1,268,000 in grants to fight cancer!

Geographic areas served: Maine

Programs: grant funding for cancer research, education and patient support programs.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Maine Cancer Foundation does a great job raising money for cancer research that helps the Maine economy by staying here in Maine. I participated in Tri for a Cure and it was very well run and they were always there to help. I have had a mother and two sisters with breast cancer and many friends and it stinks. I hope a cure is found soon. MCF has some wonderful people working there and I hope someday we will know we were part of the cure!

1 Elizabeth152

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sugarloaf Charity Summit is a tribute to the ability of the Maine Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and raise funds to support research and treatment for Maine citizens. A gala event hosted by the Maine Cancer Foundation and Franklin Community Health Network is held every January. Individuals, teams and corporations come together for a night of dining, silent auction and a lively live auction. Day time activities include snowshoeing, Hands for a Cure (get your best poker hand while skiing for cards), and many family activities for the family.

The Sugarloaf Charity summit is proud to commit of $600,000 to the Maine Cancer Foundation and The Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center from the event each year.

1 Lillian H.

Donor

Rating: 5

MFC has consistently sought to leverage funds to assist those in need of financial support. Through its collaborations with local and regional cancer centers, MFC has taken a quiet leadership step in meeting basic needs of cancer patients and their support groups. This activity is in addition to providing much needed funding for extremely high level research being conducted in the state of Msine. The state and it's citizens are fortunate to have MFC working for them. I am from a family of cancer patients and survivors and I know we all have benefited by the work of this organization.

1 Karin13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I sponsored one of my coworkers in TRI for a Cure. We did this to help her raise funds and awareness, in memory of my Mother-in-Law, who passed 11-Sep-2013 of colon cancer. The TRI webpage was so easy to use, and we will definitely be contributing for future events.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a breast cancer survivor. I run 5k races to benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation. I am impressed with the foundation andy its efforts to help those affected from cancer and keep the funds working for us in Maine.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I became interested in the Maine Cancer Foundation when I found them focusing on research specific to my type of breast cancer. Since that donation, I have been hugely impressed with the way in which they communicate with me and their transparency in how they manage the donations.
I will definitely stay interested and connected in helping Maine Cancer Foundation continue their work.

1 Pamela77

Donor

Rating: 5

As a participant in the Tri-for-a-Cure triathlon and a donor for the past 2 years, I have been wildly pleased with the professionalism and the dedication of the Maine Cancer Foundation director, staff, and volunteers. As a donor, I am interested in knowing that the money I donate goes to those whom I am supporting rather than sending out endless monthly mailing soliciting more money. I appreciate the integrity of this organization in that the majority of the monies are circulated to research and patient care. Thank you! As a Tri participant- this event has been the most well planned and positive experience for the past 2 years. We have had 3 and 4 teams participating and everyone has had a wonderful time and have appreciated the professional athletes and the communities engagement and encouragement. I appreciate this organization so much that I come from North Carolina to participate- knowing that the dollars I raise, stay in Maine. Thank you!

1 Suzie7

Donor

Rating: 5

As a participant and fundraiser in the Twilight 5K, as well as having stage 4 cancer myself, have been amazed of the staff at the MCF. Their diligence, hard work, positive spirit helps make the events they put on to be amazing. It is obvious that they stay true to their mission, which supports cancer research through funding as well as supporting the health of Maine cancer victims. They strive to keep the money raised in Maine, where surprisingly there is a lot of research happening. They also support organizations that help support patients. Through their website, the public can view where the money goes. I continue to be quite impressed with their organization, and will support it for many more years to come.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

At 35 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My boys were 4 & 5 and all I could think about was how I would do everything humanly possible to always be there for them. Maine Cancer Foundation takes the same approach in the fight to find a cure for cancer. I did my first solo Tri For A Cure and I am so proud to be part of something that is so positive, so local, and MAKES A DIFFERENCE! Thank you MCF! Because Cancer Tries...But WE TRI HARDER!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I greatly value the statewide perspective of this nonprofit. Maine Cancer Foundation is supporting jobs in Maine as well as helping to find the cure for cancer. It is my belief that research done in Maine will contribute to a global cure. MCF continues to maintain a very low expense ratio which is why I contribute.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

As a breast cancer survivor of 16 years, I feel it's very important to support an organization that supported me when i needed it. Thank you for being there for me, and I know you'll be there for others with all of our support!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

After losing my sister in law and my best friend both to breast cancer I'm so proud to sponsor my other sister in law as she rides and earns money for cancer research. She inspires me and keeps hope alive for our families. Thank you for all you do to fight and prevent cancer.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have participated in the tri for two years now as a relay member. It has been an amazing experience both times. I am a 4 year breast cancer survivor and feel truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My friend was part of an inspirational team of women raising money to fight cancer. She trained for months for the cycling part of her team. I was honored to donate toward such a worthy cause.
Maribeth from Marblehead

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Donor

Rating: 5

The time and effort the volunteers put I to this organization is so humbling. I know one volunteer in particular who works full time elsewhere and uses her vacation time from work to volunteer providing outreach to congressional leaders both in Maine and Washington DC. The extensive travel and tremendous among of time she gives to the cause has inspired me and others. Thanks to all of you at the Maine Cancer foundation for all your dedication and hard work!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have had more fun volunteering at the MCF office getting mailings ready to send out. The office staff and other volunteers are so positive and generous with their time. My husband also enjoys volunteering at the Tri for a Cure and cheering participants on. Last but not least this organization takes great care in making sure that all volunteers and donors are properly thanked and kept informed on a consistent schedule as to where their monies are being spent and the back stories that go along with the funding. As a survivor I greatly appreciate the work they do and the manner in which they do it.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my travels to oncology offices throughout the state of Maine I am constantly reminded of how much the Maine Cancer Foundation does to help fight cancer right here in Maine. Whether it is funding research taking place at Jackson Labs or Maine Med Cancer Research Institute, or helping fund transportation in Eastern Maine, or providing scholarships for oncology nurses to further their education-- I hear sincere comments of gratitude everywhere I go. Keep up the good work MCF!!!

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

It is really important to me that 100% of the funds that MCF raises stay here in the state of Maine helping Maine Physicians, Researchers and Patients.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have participated in 5 of the 6 Tri for a Cure events and am astounded by the number of people positively impacted by the work Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF) accomplishes. I have been touched personally by the work they do. In the last three years we have lost 3 immediate family members to cancer and have been uplifted with the hope inspired through advanced treatment options, new choices every year. In this event alone thousands are inspired by the stories and lives impacted by cancer and the positive energy and support felt by all who participate. It is hard to find an organization that touches people so personally and measurably impacts treatment and scientific advancement.

1 Janeen L.

Donor

Rating: 5

This past spring, I worked with my employer to organize a team to participate in Mary's Walk. Using the MCF website and tools made it effortless to set up the team, add members and raise funds. I have walked and supported walkers in past years but had no real idea of the incredible support system MCF has behind the scenes. It was a wonderful experience being part of one of their biggest fund raising events each year.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This year was my second year in the Tri for a Cure - what an amazing event and what a great organization Maine Cancer Foundation is! I am from Maine and I lost my dad to cancer. I am honored to be able to raise money for a cause that fights this horrible disease and keeps the money in Maine. I will Tri every year I am able.

1 Julie191

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a three-time participant in the Tri for a Cure. This fundraising event is an incredible success story. It has been a real pleasure to donate my time and energy for such a great cause. Maine Cancer Foundation makes it easy.