Charitable Giving

Each year, the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon/Half Marathon/Relay organizers choose a local charity to be the main beneficiary of the race proceeds.

Cromwell Center logo

Our primary beneficiary for 2017 was the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness, whose mission is to promote safe, respectful and inclusive schools and communities.

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
2016Dream Factory of Maine$54,000
Josephine and John Marr Alzheimer’s Research Fund$203,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$35,000
Honor Flight Maine$17,000
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
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
Project Playpack -- Helping Seniors$2,000
Riding to the Top$1,000
H.S. and college sports programs$13,000
2015Robbie Foundation$57,125
Josephine and John Marr Alzheimer’s Research Fund$140,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$35,000
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
H.S. and college sports programs$11,800
World Vision$100
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
USM Women's XC$500
RRCA Kids Run the Nation$1,000
Miscellaneous Donations$5,425
2013STRIVE$58,060
Shawnee Peak Adaptive Ski Program$5,000
Maine Army National Guard$4,000
Portland Bayside Little League$2,500
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)$3,000
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)$3,000
Yarmouth Community Food Pantry$1,000
City of Portland$2,400
Portland Boys and Girls Club$1,000
My Place Teen Center$1,000
Grahamtastic Connection$1,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$50,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$35,000
2012STRIVE$60,000
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
Girls on the Run Maine$6,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$60,000
Center for Grieving Children$7,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$35,000
Lucid Stage$500
Maine Army National Guard$4,000
2011Camp To Belong Maine$35,000
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
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$120,000
Center for Grieving Children$10,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$20,000
Lucid Stage$500
Maine Army National Guard$5,000
2010Camp To Belong Maine$35,000
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
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$120,000
Center for Grieving Children$15,000
Maine Children's Cancer Program$15,000
2009Center for Grieving Children (total includes $25,000 raised by participants)$50,000
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
Maine School of Massage Therapy$540
Maine Army National Guard$3,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$160,000
Nativity Preparatory School of Boston$35,000
2008Center for Grieving Children (total includes $15,000 raised by participants)$50,000
Camp To Belong$1,500
Portland Schools$2,000
Portland Bayside Little League$600
Portland Parks & Recreation$600
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)$500
Cumberland Police Department (for fuel assistance programs)$500
Yarmouth Police Department (for fuel assistance programs)$500
Maine Sports Massage Team$600
Two Trials (Maine Children's Cancer Program)$250
Maine Army National Guard$3,600
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Massachusetts chapter$200,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Rhode Island chapter$23,000
2007WinterKids$35,000
Portland Schools (for AED Unit)$1,500
Portland Bayside Little League$500
Portland Parks & Recreation$600
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Massachusetts chapter$200,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Rhode Island chapter$65,000
2006WinterKids$38,750
Portland High athletic scholarship$500
Deering High athletic scholarship$500
Portland Bayside Little League$500
Portland Parks & Recreation$1,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Massachusetts chapter$260,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Rhode Island chapter$65,000
2005Camp Sunshine$45,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$273,000
Portland Little League$500
Portland Parks & Recreation$500
Maine Army National Guard Family Program Fund$500
Timothy C. McAnany Scholarship$1,000
2004Camp Sunshine (from race proceeds)$40,000
Camp Sunshine (raised by participants)$34,700
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$170,000
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 Jason Program$25,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$204,000
Portland Little League$250
2002The Jason Program$16,000
Anonymous donor$13,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$187,000
Portland Parks & Recreation$250
Portland Little League$250
2001Maine Children's Cancer Program$18,000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$180,000
Portland Parks & Recreation$250
Portland Little League$250
2000Maine Children's Cancer Program$10,000
Portland Parks & Recreation$250
Portland Little League$250
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$30,000
1999Center for Grieving Children$4,000
Portland Parks & Recreation$250
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society$10,000
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
Total$4,076,703