January Nonprofit News

I am pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has officially approved UMC’s 2018-2020 strategic plan. We are very excited about our updated, more focused direction. We are holding open information sessions to share updates to our grant application and answer any questions about our new focus areas or our 2018 Grant process. Please mark your calendar to join me for one of the following sessions:
  • Thursday, January 11 at 10 am at the Waldo County YMCA
  • Tuesday, January 16 at 3 pm at 87 Elm Street, conf rm #208
  • Thursday, January 18 at 10 am at Rockland Public Library’s Community Room

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United Midcoast Charities Named “2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit”

United Midcoast Charities announced that it has recently been named a “2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits.

United Midcoast Charities (UMC) provides grants to more than 50 nonprofit organizations Knox and Waldo counties that help residents in need with essential services.

“We are honored to be named a 2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” says John Viehman, Board President. We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including the addition of a full-time Executive Director, $500,000 in grants to our local community and the wrap up of a new strategic plan outlining new funding and guidance initiatives to support our grantees.”

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Why Donate to UMC?

People often ask me about the advantages of donating to United Midcoast Charities. Here are some reasons why it can be the best way to make an impact in Knox and Waldo counties:

  • Simplicity

United Midcoast Charities is your “one-stop shop” for all of your charitable giving needs. It’s an easy and effective way to support the groups and issues you care about through a gift to a single organization.

  • Tax Benefits

Gifts to United Midcoast Charities receive the maximum tax advantages for income, gift and estate tax purposes.

  • Flexibility

United Midcoast Charities can receive many kinds of gifts. We are pleased help you and your financial advisor develop a gift plan to meet your personal financial needs and all of your charitable intentions, now and in the future.

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Rockland and Camden Shops Support UMC with Days of Giving

The holiday spirit is thriving in Rockland and the Camden area, where businesses in each town have set aside a Saturday in December to contribute to United Midcoast Charities (UMC) in support of the work of local nonprofit organizations.

Rockland will host a Day of Giving on December 2, and the Camden area will follow suit on December 9. Participating shops have committed to generously donate a portion of their sales to UMC, and all proceeds will be applied toward UMC’s grants – which help food pantries, health clinics, nursing services, homeless shelters and other providers of vital services in Knox and Waldo counties. The Day of Giving events are made possible through sponsorship from Horch Roofing with media sponsored by Courier Publications.

“We are deeply grateful to the business owners participating in the Days of Giving and to the people who make a point of shopping in support of UMC,” said UMC President John Viehman. “This collective effort illustrates our strong belief that working together makes us a stronger community.”

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United Midcoast Charities Awards $500,000 in Grants to Nonprofits

Recipients gather in Belfast for networking breakfast

United Midcoast Charities (UMC) marked the awarding of $500,000 of grants this year to more than 50 nonprofit organizations in Knox and Waldo counties with a networking breakfast at the Belfast Boathouse on September 29. The Breakfast for Champions was generously sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial and Bangor Savings Bank.

Representatives of organizations receiving grant funding enjoyed meeting each other and hearing Pecha Kucha presentations about the work of Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County, MCH Meals on Wheels and Midcoast Habitat for Humanity. The celebratory event included a tribute to UMC’s outgoing grants committee chairman, Peter Horch. 

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New Executive Director

Megan L. Williams of Rockland will join United Mid-Coast Charities as the organization’s first-ever executive director.

“Megan is the right person at just the right time for us,” said John Viehman, president of UMCC’s Board of Directors. “She has a passion for social services, is a great collaborator, a natural leader. She’ll be key to sustaining our 76-year legacy of support for essential service providers here in Midcoast Maine.

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