Program areas

Healthy People
Healthy Places


The long-term goal of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation is to improve the well-being and prosperity of all Maine people and the environment in which they live.  Among the most pressing issues currently facing Maine and negatively impacting the well-being of both people and the environment are: limited economic opportunity, environmental degradation, and the existence of barriers that create inequities and separate people.

Animal Welfare 


The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation’s support for animal welfare is rooted in the interests of its founder.  Mrs. Sewall was a long-time and passionate supporter of animal welfare organizations in Maine and elsewhere throughout her life.  In addition to financial support, she contributed her time as a volunteer and served as a trusted advisor and friend to many.



The Foundation honors Mrs. Sewall’s interests and lifetime of philanthropy by supporting a limited number of organizations with whom she had personal relationships and affinity and who continue to do the work that she funded in her lifetime. Through these Legacy grants, the Board of Director’s recognizes the significance of these organizations to Mrs. Sewall.