Mission

Maine Cancer Foundation is dedicated to reducing Maine's cancer incidence and mortality rates by funding research, prevention, early detection and access to care, with 100% of funds staying in Maine.

How We Fight Cancer:

Supporting Cancer Research

Maine Cancer Foundation is proud to support world-class cancer research in our state, encouraging economic growth and providing the path for tomorrow’s cures. The Foundation currently offers 1 and 2-year grant funding to promising scientists at Maine research facilities.

Fostering Prevention Practices

Prevention strategies have a proven impact on cancer incidence rates. The Foundation supports several state-wide prevention efforts to reduce cancer, focusing on smoking, obesity and environmental toxins.

Increasing Early Detection

Several cancers have well-developed treatments but all cancers have better patient outcomes when detected early. The Foundation supports programs that improve and increase early detection and screening efforts.

Improving Access to Care

Maine’s size and rural nature make easy access to medical care a  challenge. The Foundation supports efforts to improve patient outcomes through telemedicine, transportation and the adoption of new technologies that improve access. 


Maine Cancer Foundation was started in 1976 by a group of concerned citizens eager to more for Maine in the fight against cancer. Over the years, our funding targets have shifted as new treatments and hard-won knowledge have become available to doctors and patients. We owe our success to those who came before us, and are dedicated to continue the fight for those who will come after. The Foundation continually seeks to re-invest the goodwill and donations of our supporters into the most promising and effective programs available in Maine.

We are proud of our record of accomplishment and we hope that you will continue to support this grand vision: a future where cancer is no longer a threat to our loved ones.  

Learn More:

Please let us know if you would like to learn more about the work of Maine Cancer Foundation or our grantees. You can visit our website, subscribe to our newsletter or request a copy of our Annual Report. We look forward to hearing what you have to say.