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Grantee Spotlight


Across every issue area, COVID-19 pushed Maine’s nonprofits to reinvent their programs and program delivery and to redefine their roles in their communities. Arts organizations, whose success relied on ticket sales for live performances and admission to exhibitions, faced unique challenges as they strove to connect to long-standing and future audiences. In downtown Portland, SPACE Gallery managed to rethink programs in innovative ways that have brought new audiences both local and international.   READ MORE


2021 Sam L. Cohen Pioneer Scholars

The Pioneer Scholar Program, a partnership between supporters and the Mitchell Institute, provides the opportunity to recognize specific Mitchell Scholars and Alumni who, through their contributions to school and community and their demonstration of certain qualities – as students and as citizens – stand out for acknowledgement.

Congratulations to:

Dalycia Greeley - Portland High School * Suffolk University

Katlyn Bickford - Biddeford High School * Mount Holyoke College

Fatima Hasan - Thornton Academy * Wheaton College


Sam L. Cohen Foundation Commits $1 Million to Support COVID-19 Response

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sam L. Cohen Foundation committed $1 million in 2020 to provide support to organizations and projects directly responding to populations most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. The Foundation’s grants were targeted to nonprofits that serve southern Maine’s most vulnerable and affected citizens.

The Board of Directors of the Sam L. Cohen Foundation designated these funds to COVID-19 response and recovery in keeping with the Foundation’s mission to ensure that all people have the opportunity to develop their potential and provide healthy productive futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. READ MORE