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September 21, 2023 2023 Giving Guide

Maine Cancer Foundation

2023 Goals

Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF) is always looking for new ways to reduce the impact of cancer for every Mainer in all 16 counties.

1 in 3 Mainers will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. In response to these challenging statistics, MCF remains committed to reducing the burden of cancer through grant-based financial support and coalition building. With feedback from cancer stakeholders across the state and ongoing evaluation of MCF’s own efforts, grantmaking is dedicated to the following three pillars:

Cancer Prevention

The best way to beat cancer is to prevent it from occurring. MCF supports statewide prevention efforts, focusing on reducing smoking, promoting healthy lifestyles, and providing access to health care that includes cancer prevention.

Early Detection and Screening

Finding cancer early, when it is most treatable and beatable, saves lives. MCF supports programs that improve and increase early detection and screening efforts.

Improve Patient Outcomes

Every Mainer deserves access to the best possible care, regardless of their income level or where they live. MCF supports programs to improve cancer patient support, provide patient navigation, and ensure access to transportation to vital cancer care.

In addition, MCF serves as the backbone organization for Maine’s Impact Cancer Network (MICN), Maine’s statewide cancer coalition. MCF contributes funding, staffing and administrative support to keep Maine’s cancer community connected and working together to achieve meaningful goals.

Through targeted grant investments to organizations statewide, MCF is committed to stopping cancer before it starts, finding it early when it is treatable, and ensuring all Mainers have access to cancer care. A critical leader in the state with a bird’s eye view of the cancer landscape locally and nationally, MCF recognizes that only through strong partnerships can true success be achieved.

Maine Cancer Foundation Staff

Giving Opportunities

  • Sponsor MCF events to showcase your business’ commitment, community engagement, and passion to fight cancer.
  • Register to participate in our events.
  • Create your own Community Fundraiser. We welcome creative fundraising efforts from supporters across the state doing everything from bake sales to hosting Facebook birthday fundraisers to school events.
  • Donate in honor or in memory of a loved one, make a gift of stock, or support a participant in one of our events.
  • Establish your legacy with a planned gift.


  • Sugarloaf Charity Summit, Jan. 27, 2024, Carrabassett Valley – Join Sugarloafers for the Charity Challenge on the slopes, Charity Gala, Raffle for a Cure and auction.
  • Mary’s Walk, March 24, 2024, Saco – Celebrating its 26th year, this family-friendly community effort has raised over $4 million for MCF.
  • Tri for a Cure, July 14, 2024, South Portland – One of Maine’s largest fundraisers that unites hundreds of women every summer to swim, bike and run.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Event volunteers are critical to our success. Watch for online sign up for all of our events.
  • Maine’s Impact Cancer Network (MICN) is comprised of members from nonprofit organizations, the business community, those with lived experience with cancer, and government representatives and organizations. Visit today!