The Recompense Foundation

We are a small foundation which supports Chebeague’s not-for-profits. We’ve been at this for over twenty years and have made grants so far totaling over $250,000. Our name is derived from two sources. First, Recompense was an early name for Chebeague Island. Secondly, recompense means to give something in return for a service rendered. Chebeague’s charitable organizations provide a myriad of services to us all, thus are certainly deserving of organized financial support over and above their regular fundraising activities.

In recent years, as the financial needs of a number of the island’s nonprofits have escalated, Recompense Fund has decided to meet that need by itself reaching out to the community for support. In some ways we think of ourselves as a narrowly focused United Way. United Way organizations have large staffs and spend significant sums financing their fund drives. We, on the other hand, have no staff. Our Board does all of the work involved in our grant making activities, and The Maine Community Foundation handles our administrative needs at minimal cost. Very close to 100% of contributions to Recompense are paid out in turn to Chebeague nonprofits.

We are very proud of our hard-working board. Each year we carefully analyze grant applications, in every case asking ourselves how each one will support and sustain Chebeague Island and how it
will improve the lives of island residents.

Our Mission

— To support and sustain the community of Chebeague Island

— To improve the lives of island residents

— To strengthen local charitable organizations

— To provide financial leadership that responds to community needs

Make a Donation

We recently completed our annual grant making process, during which we decided to donate a total of $8,000 to five island organizations – Kids’ Place, the Island School, SustainME, the Hall, and Island Commons. We have increased our total grants made by over $1,000 in each of the last two years, and hope to continue growing our support of Chebeague’s non-profits year by year.

Our financial goals are to broaden our base of community support and grow the size of our fund, which will enable us to continue increasing our grant activity.

Again this year we have all contributed to Recompense. Please join us.

Your check should be made out to:

The Maine Community Foundation
(write RECO in the memo line)
P.O. Box 42
Chebeague Island, 04017


Our Board:

  Leila Bisharat

Scott Searway

Eldon Mayer

Laura Summa

Justin Doughty

Jim Van Fleet

Beverly Johnson

Manny Morgan

Linda White

Kim Hamilton

Betts Mayer

Ralph Munroe