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

We are pleased to announce the primary beneficiary of the 2017 Maine Marathon/Half Marathon/Relay is 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 Fund203000
Maine Children's Cancer Program35000
Honor Flight Maine17000
Grahamtastic Connection10500
Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers10000
Portland Press Herald Toy Fund10000
Portland Little League5000
Falmouth Police Youth Services5000
Cumberland Police Youth Programs5000
Yarmouth YCAN5000
Biddeford Community Action Food Pantry5000
Biddeford Seeds of Hope Food Pantry5000
South Portland Food Cupboard5000
Westbrook Food Pantry5000
Stroudwater Food Pantry5000
Camp No Limits5000
Center for Grieving Children5000
Garry Owen MC -- New Home for Homeless Veterans5000
Maine Running Hall of Fame5000
Shawnee Peak Adaptive Ski Program5000
AG's Wheelchair Accessible Van4898
Cromwell Center2050
Locker Project2000
STRIVE1000
RRCA Kids Run the Nation1000
AMTA Maine1000
Camp Adventure1000
Camp Sunshine1000
Eastern Trails Close the Gap1000
Girls on the Run1000
Project Playpack -- Helping Seniors2000
Riding to the Top1000
H.S. and college sports programs13000
2015Robbie Foundation57125
Josephine and John Marr Alzheimer’s Research Fund140000
Maine Children's Cancer Program35000
Maine Army National Guard4000
Portland Bayside Little League3000
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)3000
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)3000
Yarmouth Community Food Pantry3000
Camp to Belong Maine2500
Cromwell Center1000
STRIVE1000
RRCA Kids Run the Nation1000
H.S. and college sports programs11800
World Vision100
2014Robbie Foundation54355
Maine Children's Cancer Program35000
City of Portland10000
Camp to Belong Maine7000
Dream Factory of Maine5000
Camp Susan Curtis5000
Maine Army National Guard4000
Portland Bayside Little League3000
Portland Youth Summer Track3000
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)3000
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)3000
Yarmouth Community Food Pantry3000
One Fund Boston1000
Cromwell Center1000
USM Women's XC500
RRCA Kids Run the Nation1000
Miscellaneous Donations5425
2013STRIVE58060
Shawnee Peak Adaptive Ski Program5000
Maine Army National Guard4000
Portland Bayside Little League2500
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)3000
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)3000
Yarmouth Community Food Pantry1000
City of Portland2400
Portland Boys and Girls Club1000
My Place Teen Center1000
Grahamtastic Connection1000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society50000
Maine Children's Cancer Program35000
2012STRIVE60000
Portland Bayside Little League2500
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)2500
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)2500
Yarmouth YCAN (for fuel and living assistance programs)2500
City of Portland Recreation – Summer Track Program1250
City of Portland Mitchell A. Kessler Scholarship Fund1250
Girls on the Run Maine6000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society60000
Center for Grieving Children7000
Maine Children's Cancer Program35000
Lucid Stage500
Maine Army National Guard4000
2011Camp To Belong Maine35000
Portland Bayside Little League2000
Portland Police Athletic Programs for Youth2000
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)2000
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)2000
Yarmouth YCAN (for fuel and living assistance programs)2000
RRCA Kids Run the Nation program1000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society120000
Center for Grieving Children10000
Maine Children's Cancer Program20000
Lucid Stage500
Maine Army National Guard5000
2010Camp To Belong Maine35000
Portland Bayside Little League1500
Portland Parks & Recreation Youth Programs1500
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)1500
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)1500
Yarmouth YCAN (for fuel and living assistance programs)1500
Maine Running Hall of Fame1500
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society120000
Center for Grieving Children15000
Maine Children's Cancer Program15000
2009Center for Grieving Children (total includes $25,000 raised by participants)50000
City of Portland1000
Portland Bayside Little League1000
Portland Parks & Recreation1000
Falmouth Police Department (for youth programs)1000
Cumberland DARE program (for fuel assistance programs)1000
Yarmouth YCAN (for fuel and living assistance programs)1000
Maine School of Massage Therapy540
Maine Army National Guard3000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society160000
Nativity Preparatory School of Boston35000
2008Center for Grieving Children (total includes $15,000 raised by participants)50000
Camp To Belong1500
Portland Schools2000
Portland Bayside Little League600
Portland Parks & Recreation600
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 Team600
Two Trials (Maine Children's Cancer Program)250
Maine Army National Guard3600
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Massachusetts chapter200000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Rhode Island chapter23000
2007WinterKids35000
Portland Schools (for AED Unit)1500
Portland Bayside Little League500
Portland Parks & Recreation600
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Massachusetts chapter200000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Rhode Island chapter65000
2006WinterKids38750
Portland High athletic scholarship500
Deering High athletic scholarship500
Portland Bayside Little League500
Portland Parks & Recreation1000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Massachusetts chapter260000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- Rhode Island chapter65000
2005Camp Sunshine45000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society273000
Portland Little League500
Portland Parks & Recreation500
Maine Army National Guard Family Program Fund500
Timothy C. McAnany Scholarship1000
2004Camp Sunshine (from race proceeds)40000
Camp Sunshine (raised by participants)34700
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society170000
Portland Little League500
Portland Parks & Recreation500
Portland Fire Department Burn Foundation500
Center for Grieving Children (in name of Portland Police Department)250
Make-A-Wish Foundation (in name of Portland Police Department)250
2003The Jason Program25000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society204000
Portland Little League250
2002The Jason Program16000
Anonymous donor13000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society187000
Portland Parks & Recreation250
Portland Little League250
2001Maine Children's Cancer Program18000
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society180000
Portland Parks & Recreation250
Portland Little League250
2000Maine Children's Cancer Program10000
Portland Parks & Recreation250
Portland Little League250
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society30000
1999Center for Grieving Children4000
Portland Parks & Recreation250
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society10000
1998Cumberland Dare500
Falmouth Educational Society500
Beth Congden Memorial Pathway500
Portland Parks & Recreation500
1997Casco Bay YMCA3500
Portland Parks & Rec250
Total4076703