Charitable Giving

Each year, the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon/Half Marathon/Relay organizers chooses local charities to be the beneficiary of the race proceeds. For 2018, there will be 3 primary beneficiaries.

Charity impact 2017

Our primary beneficiary for 2017 was the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness, whose mission is to promote safe, respectful and inclusive schools and communities. Click here to view the full Maine Marathon charity report.

The 2016 beneficiary, the Dream Factory of Maine, received $50,000 from race proceeds and $4,000 from additional runner donations.

In addition to beneficiaries identified by the race organization, runners can set up their own fundraising programs. In 2016, a group of 90 runners raised more than $157,000 on behalf of the Josephine and John Marr Alzheimer’s Research Fund at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and another team raised $30,000 for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.

We have a long history of financially supporting the community, donating more than $4,000,000 since 1997. In 2016, to celebrate our 25th anniversary, the Maine Marathon donated more than $200,000 to over 50 different organizations in the greater Portland area.

Organizations can apply to become a 2018 beneficiary here.

Past Contributions

YearBeneficiaryAmount
2017Marr Foundation$193,000
Cromwell Center$50,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$35,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$5,300
Cumberland Police Youth Services$3,000
Falmouth Police Youth Services$3,000
Yarmouth CAN$3,000
Adaptive Outdoor Education$1,000
Bicycle Coalition of Maine$1,000
Girls on the Run$1,000
My Teen Place$1,000
Pine Tree Society$1,000
Portland Wheelers$1,000
$39,700 Donated to the charities listed below
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Cheverus Cross Country
Deering High School XC Team
Dream Factory of Maine
Falmouth Boys & Girls XC Teams
Falmouth Foreside Fire Company
Greater Portland Health
Greely Cross Country
Gym Dandies
Maine Track Club
MEFH
Mt Ararat Cross Country
NYA Field Hockey
Portland High School Boosters
Portland YMCA
Project Fairness
St Bartholomew Church
St Mary's Church
The Maine Girls' Academy
UNE Men's Ice Hockey Team
UNE Women's Ice Hockey
United Way of York County
USM Cross Country
USM Women's Track Office
Yarmouth Girls XC Team
2016Josephine and John Marr Alzheimer’s Research Fund$203,000
Dream Factory of Maine$54,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$35,000
Honor Flight Maine$17,000
H.S. and college sports programs$13,000
Grahamtastic Connection$10,500
Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers$10,000
Portland Press Herald Toy Fund$10,000
Portland Little League$5,000
Falmouth Police Youth Services$5,000
Cumberland Police Youth Programs$5,000
Yarmouth YCAN$5,000
Biddeford Community Action Food Pantry$5,000
Biddeford Seeds of Hope Food Pantry$5,000
South Portland Food Cupboard$5,000
Westbrook Food Pantry$5,000
Stroudwater Food Pantry$5,000
Camp No Limits$5,000
Center for Grieving Children$5,000
Garry Owen MC—New Home for Homeless Veterans$5,000
Maine Running Hall of Fame$5,000
Shawnee Peak Adaptive Ski Program$5,000
AG's Wheelchair Accessible Van$4,898
Cromwell Center$2,050
Locker Project$2,000
Project Playpack—Helping Seniors$2,000
STRIVE$1,000
RRCA Kids Run the Nation$1,000
AMTA Maine$1,000
Camp Adventure$1,000
Camp Sunshine$1,000
Eastern Trails Close the Gap$1,000
Girls on the Run$1,000
Riding to the Top$1,000
2015Josephine and John Marr Alzheimer’s Research Fund$140,000
Robbie Foundation$57,125
Maine Children's Cancer Program$35,000
H.S. and college sports programs$11,800
Maine Army National Guard$4,000
Portland Bayside Little League$3,000
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)$3,000
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)$3,000
Yarmouth Community Food Pantry$3,000
Camp to Belong Maine$2,500
Cromwell Center$1,000
STRIVE$1,000
RRCA Kids Run the Nation$1,000
2014Robbie Foundation$54,355
Maine Children's Cancer Program$35,000
City of Portland$10,000
Camp to Belong Maine$7,000
Dream Factory of Maine$5,000
Camp Susan Curtis$5,000
Maine Army National Guard$4,000
Portland Bayside Little League$3,000
Portland Youth Summer Track$3,000
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)$3,000
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)$3,000
Yarmouth Community Food Pantry$3,000
One Fund Boston$1,000
Cromwell Center$1,000
RRCA Kids Run the Nation$1,000
Miscellaneous Donations$5,925
2013STRIVE$58,060
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$50,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$35,000
Shawnee Peak Adaptive Ski Program$5,000
Maine Army National Guard$4,000
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)$3,000
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)$3,000
Portland Bayside Little League$2,500
City of Portland$2,400
Yarmouth Community Food Pantry$1,000
Portland Boys and Girls Club$1,000
My Place Teen Center$1,000
Grahamtastic Connection$1,000
2012STRIVE$60,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$60,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$35,000
Center for Grieving Children$7,000
Girls on the Run Maine$6,000
Maine Army National Guard$4.000
Portland Bayside Little League$2,500
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)$2,500
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)$2,500
Yarmouth YCAN (for fuel and living assistance programs)$2,500
City of Portland Recreation – Summer Track Program$1,250
City of Portland Mitchell A. Kessler Scholarship Fund$1,250
2011The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$120,000
Camp To Belong Maine$35,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$20,000
Center for Grieving Children$10,000
Maine Army National Guard$5,000
Portland Bayside Little League$2,000
Portland Police Athletic Programs for Youth$2,000
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)$2,000
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)$2,000
Yarmouth YCAN (for fuel and living assistance programs)$2,000
RRCA Kids Run the Nation program$1,000
2010The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$120,000
Camp To Belong Maine$35,000
Center for Grieving Children$1,500
Maine Children's Cancer Program$1,500
Portland Bayside Little League$1,500
Portland Parks & Recreation Youth Programs$1,500
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)$1,500
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)$1,500
Yarmouth YCAN (for fuel and living assistance programs)$1,500
Maine Running Hall of Fame$1,500
2009The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$160,000
Center for Grieving Children (total includes $25,000 raised by participants)$50,000
Nativity Preparatory School of Boston$35,000
Maine Army National Guard$3,000
City of Portland$1,000
Portland Bayside Little League$1,000
Portland Parks & Recreation$1,000
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)$1,000
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)$1,000
Yarmouth YCAN (for fuel and living assistance programs)$1,000
2008The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Massachusetts chapter$200,000
Center for Grieving Children (total includes $15,000 raised by participants)$50,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Rhode Island chapter$23,000
Maine Army National Guard$3,600
Portland Schools$2,000
Camp To Belong$1,500
Miscellaneous Donations$3,550
2007The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Massachusetts chapter$200,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Rhode Island chapter$65,000
WinterKids$35,000
Portland Schools (for AED Unit)$1,500
Portland Parks & Recreation$600
Portland Bayside Little League$500
2006The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Massachusetts chapter$260,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Rhode Island chapter$65,000
WinterKids$38,750
Portland Parks & Recreation$1,000
Portland High athletic scholarship$500
Deering High athletic scholarship$500
Portland Bayside Little League$500
2005The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$273,000
Camp Sunshine$45,000
Timothy C. McAnany Scholarship$1,000
Portland Little League$500
Portland Parks & Recreation$500
Maine Army National Guard Family Program Fund$500
2004The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$170,000
Camp Sunshine (from race proceeds)$40,000
Camp Sunshine (raised by participants)$34,700
Portland Little League$500
Portland Parks & Recreation$500
Portland Fire Department Burn Foundation$500
Center for Grieving Children (in name of Portland Police Department)$250
Make-A-Wish Foundation (in name of Portland Police Department)$250
2003The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$204,000
The Jason Program$25,000
Portland Little League$250
2002The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$187,000
The Jason Program$16,000
Anonymous donor$13,000
Portland Parks & Recreation$250
Portland Little League$250
2001The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$180,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$18,000
Portland Parks & Recreation$250
Portland Little League$250
2000The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$30,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$10,000
Portland Parks & Recreation$250
Portland Little League$250
1999The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$10,000
Center for Grieving Children$4000
Portland Parks & Recreation$250
1998Cumberland Dare$500
Falmouth Educational Society$500
Beth Congden Memorial Pathway$500
Portland Parks & Recreation$500
1997Casco Bay YMCA$3,500
Portland Parks & Rec$250
Totalover $4 million