Harold Alfond Foundation


Colby College in Waterville has received just over $100 million from the Harold Alfond Foundation, one of the largest gifts in the school’s history.


Waterville’s Thomas College has received the largest donation in its history, to go toward launching new programs and scholarships.

FocusMaine, a private-sector group trying to accelerate economic growth in the state, will get $5.2 million in Harold Alfond Foundation grant funding.


The University of Maine System has received a $240 million gift — the largest in its history and the eighth-largest for a public institution of higher education.


The Harold Alfond Foundation today announced that it was investing half a billion dollars in new grants to aid organizations around the state, with a particular focus on higher education.

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

The University of Maine System's effort to establish a new graduate program took a big step forward Tuesday. The Harold Alfond Foundation has awarded the Maine Center for Graduate and Professional Studies a $7.5 million challenge grant.

That money will help the center expand its course offerings.  The idea is to create graduate degree programs that cross the lines between law, business and public policy courses.

Alfond Foundation Chairman Gregory Powell said the effort represented the kind of teamwork Harold Alfond he learned through sports.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

MaineHealth on Thursday launched the Cancer Care Network, thanks to a $10 million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation.

The network links MaineHealth’s 12 members as well as the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and MaineHealth officials say it will provide the best cancer care possible, whether a patient lives in Portland or Palermo.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Maine. And every year, there are 9,000 new cases diagnosed, says the chief of oncology at Maine Medical Center, Dr. Scot Remick.