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 2015 the Foundation awarded 45 grants totalling over $160,000. 


Gift Purpose

317 Main Street Community Music Center

Music education to those with economic need
Camp Ketcha Expansion of parking facilities
Cape Elizabeth High School Scholarship 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 Advancing early childhood offerings
Compass Project Boat building project for at-risk students
Fort Williams Foundation Children's Garden maintenance
Good Shepherd Food Bank Backpack program at Saccarappa Elementary, Westbrook
Greater Portland Landmarks Advocacy 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
Learning Works Riverton & Portland Family Literacy Initiative
Lobster Conservancy Repairs to research laboratory
Maine Academy of Modern Music Transition to new space
Maine Audubon Society Educational outreach for Piping Plovers
Maine College of Art General operating support
Maine Historical Society Collections Care
Maine Huts & Trails Youth environmental & experiential programs
Maine Island Trail Association Stewardship Programs
Maine Maritime Museum Support of new exhibit
Maine Medical Center Spiritual Program Clinical Pastoral Education Program
Maine Preservation Annual appeal
Maine Sea Coast Mission | EdGE EdGE Annual appeal
Maine Women's Policy Center Girls Day at the State House
Nonesuch Oar and Paddle Club General operating support
Planned Parenthood of New Englad Contraceptive and Preventative Care
Portland Museum of Art Homer High School Fellows
Prouts Neck Historical Society Collection and preservation
Pug Rescue of New England Veterinary care for rescued Pugs
Riding to the Top Equine assisted initiatives and therapies
Riverview Kids Who Care Tuition for 4 children
Sail Maine Joint project with Learning Works
St. James Church General operating support
Scarborough Land Trust General operating support
Scarborough Swim Team Boosters Assistance with operating costs
School Year Abroad General operating support
Small Woodland Owners Association Annual appeal
Southern Maine Agency on Aging Family Caregiver Support Classes
Tate House Museum Climate and site improvements
Thomas Memorial Library Operating support
Victoria Mansion Education support
Wayfinder Schools General operating support
Waynflete School General operating support