State Profile – Maine

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About This Profile

Across the United States, the charitable sector generates incredible impact on both communities and economies. This profile is a snapshot of major statistics about Maine’s charitable community. It’s designed to give you a broad sense of the scale and diversity of nonprofits, foundations, and charities across the state. A downloadable PDF version is available above.

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Employment by Nonprofit Service Area

Maine’s charitable community employs individuals committed to the common good across a diverse range of organization types.

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Number of Maine Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 9,416
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 6,383
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 492
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 2,541

* includes civic leagues, chamber of commerce, veterans organizations, etc

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Economic Impact of the Maine Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 98,594 people, or 16% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates more than $12.4 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of over $22 billion
  • Maine foundations annually give almost $160 million
  • Mainers give over $424 million to charity each year, representing 2.13 percent of household income

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Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Maine Communities

Deliver vital community services
The United Way of Eastern Maine supports agencies and programs that deliver
quality health and human services. With only 48% of children in Eastern Maine
reading proficiently at the end of third grade, the United Way of Eastern Maine is
supporting and enhancing Early Childhood Development that gives kids the best
possible start.

Give voice to the people they serve
Catholic Charities Maine serves over 50,000 individuals each year through its many
programs and services, such as mental health counseling and services for the
elderly and disabled. Catholic Charities and its network of volunteers also advocate
on issues affecting those they serve, such as treatment programs for substance
abuse.

Contribute to vibrant communities
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
The museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets American art from the 19th
century to the present and hosts various lectures, films, and discussions on
American art, regional artists, and the history of the Ogunquit art colony.

Advance economic solutions for remote communities
Maine Philanthropy Center’s mission is to provide opportunity, leadership, and
support to advance the effectiveness of philanthropy in Maine and its ability to make
a meaningful difference. Through MPC’s programs and events, members come
together to explore shared interests, learn from one another, and hear from local,
regional, and national experts.

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Sources

Note: The “nonprofit sector” encompasses organizations that are defined as tax-exempt under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. This includes both public charities and private foundations [501(c)(3)] and other nonprofits such as civic league organizations [501(c)(4)]. Exceptions are noted when relevant.

Employment Information, Breakdown by Nonprofit Service Area
Best estimate based on available data.
The 2019 nonprofit employment report, Lester M. Salamon and Chelsea L. Newhouse, S. Wojciech Sokolowski,
Nonprofit Employment Bulletin #47, Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, 2019 {Data is 2016, page 3}
http://ccss.jhu.edu/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2019/01/2019-NP-Employment-Report_FINAL_1.8.2019.pdf

Breakdown by Nonprofit Service Area
Maine Association of Nonprofits, Adding Up Impact: Maine Nonprofits at Work 2019. Retrieved from,
http://www.nonprofitmaine.org/about-nonprofits/nonprofit-research/adding-up-impact-report-2019/

Number of Nonprofits
Maine Association of Nonprofits, Adding Up Impact: Maine Nonprofits at Work 2019. Retrieved from,
http://www.nonprofitmaine.org/about-nonprofits/nonprofit-research/adding-up-impact-report-2019/

Assets and Revenues
Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, “Registered Nonprofit Organizations by State (BMF
12/2015)” http://nccsweb.urban.org/tablewiz/bmf.php

Foundation Giving
The Foundation Center, FC Stats: “Foundation Stats: Total Grantmaking Foundations” {Data are 2015}
http://data.foundationcenter.org/#/foundations/all/state:ME/total/list/2015

Individual Giving
How America Gives, 2014. The Chronicle of Philanthropy. {Data are 2012}.
http://philanthropy.com/article/Interactive-How-America-Gives/133709

Nonprofit Examples:
United Way of Eastern Maine: https://www.unitedwayem.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/UWEM-2018-Reportweb.pdf
Catholic Charities Maine: https://www.ccmaine.org/about
Ogunquit Museum of American Art: http://www.ogunquitmuseum.org/
Maine Philanthropy Center: https://www.mainephilanthropy.org/about/what-we-do

As of September 2019

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