In August of each year, Sprague Family members are asked to sponsor charitable organizations for consideration of a gift from the P.W. Sprague Memorial Foundation. In considering gift giving, the Trustees of the Foundation give preference to organizations supported by one or more family members and organizations where family members serve or have served in the past.

In 2014 the Foundation awarded 44 grants totalling over $170,000. 


Gift Purpose

317 Main Street Community Music Center

Music education to those with economic need
Camp Ketcha Complete construction of a second riding ring
Cape Elizabeth High School Scholarship Program & Pilot College Prep Program
Cape Elizabeth Land Trust General operating support
Carlisle Charitable Foundation Hippotherapy scholarships
Charles E. Thomas Memorial Library - Prouts Neck General operating support
Children's Museum & Theater of Maine "Read, Rhyme, Dance!" program for preschool aged children
Chop Point School Microscopes for classrooms
Circus Conservatory of America Promote programming
Cobscook Community Learning Center General operating support
Compass Project | Spurwink Boat building project for at-risk students
Fort Williams Foundation Children's Garden at the arboretum
Good Shepherd Food Bank Backpack program at Saccarappa Elementary, Westbrook
Greater Portland Landmarks Support for preservation services program
Gulf of Maine Research Institute Support of 5th & 6th graders participation in Adventure Program
Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts Honorarium for commencement speaker
John Winthrop School for Young Children General operating support
Learning Works Riverton & Portland Family Literacy Initiative
Maine Audubon Society Educational outreach for Piping Plovers
Maine College of Art General operating support
Maine Farmland Trust Beginning farmer program in Cumberland County
Maine Historical Society Exhibit:Early Maine Photography, 1840-1870
Maine Huts & Trails Youth environmental & experiential programs
Maine Medical Center Spiritual Program Interfaith on-call service
Maine Preservation Annual appeal
Maine Sea Coast Mission | EdGE EdGE Annual appeal
Nonesuch Oar and Paddle Club General operating support
Portland Ballet General operating support
Portland Museum of Art Homer High School Fellows
Preble Street Resource Center Florence House
Pug Rescue of New England Veterinary care for rescued Pugs
Riding to the Top Equine assisted initiatives and therapies
Sail Maine General operating support
St. James Church General operating support
Scarborough Land Trust Support of the purchase of Benjamin Farm
School Year Abroad General operating support
Small Woodland Owners Association Annual appeal
Southern Maine Agency on Aging Adult day care services for Alzheimers patients
Tate House Museum Conservation assessment program
Thomas Memorial Library Sponsorship of new adult non-fiction room
Victoria Mansion Expansion of conservation program
Wayfinder Schools General operating support
Waynflete School General operating support