Skip to main content

Philanthropy at Maine Medical Center

History of Philanthropy at Maine Medical Center

At the root of Maine Medical Center is philanthropy.

The hospital was founded on the very idea of serving all residents in Maine at every level of society. When the idea gained momentum in the late 1800s, it was the people in our communities who raised the necessary funds to construct the state's first general hospital.

Once the hospital was built, service organizations, businesses and many individuals in the community continued to support its day-to-day operations. Fundraising efforts were important, and many of Maine's wealthiest and most influential families supported the hospital. The general public also responded generously. They were encouraged to sponsor beds, which would be theirs for a year if needed, or otherwise offered to those in need. Contributions of food and supplies were relied on by the hospital in the early days too. Donors understood that by raising the standard of medical care in the community, it would benefit everyone.   

Throughout the years there are numerous examples of well-known businesses, foundations, individuals and even other healthcare organizations contributing time, energy and funds to help Maine Medical Center continue our mission. 

As a not-for-profit, Maine Medical Center still carries the unique responsibility of providing care to all who seek it. We also continue to rely on community support for facilities, as almost every major expansion at Maine Medical Center has been accompanied by a fundraising campaign that broke all previous records. Support is not limited to buildings; donors have also been instrumental in fueling research, improving patient care, and enhancing medical education efforts. 

Maine Medical Center could not do what we do without support from generous people in the communities we serve. 

History of Maine Medical Center

The Maine state legislature unanimously passed an “Act of Incorporation for a State General Hospital” in 1868, which was then signed by Governor Joshua Chamberlain. Although the act did not provide funding for a hospital, it did appoint twelve corporators who signed the Maine General Hospital charter in 1869. Their first job was to find ways to raise enough money to build a hospital to meet the needs of the entire state of Maine.