The Maine Behavioral Health Foundation (MeBHF)
The Maine Behavioral Health Foundation, formerly called the Maine Substance Abuse Foundation (MeSAF), is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in 2003 to serve as a catalyst for building a more caring, creative and effective approach to the problems associated with addictions and mental illness. The Foundation's primary purpose is to enhance the quality of life in Maine through the philanthropic support of the program initiatives of the Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs (MASAP) and the Maine Association of Mental Health Services (MAMHS).
We envision a foundation that stimulates the conscience of the community and fosters a commitment to reduce and eliminate the personal, social and economic harm caused by behavioral health issues. The Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs (MASAP) and the Maine Association of Mental Health (MAMHS) are each ommitted to excellence in behavioral health disease prevention, treatment, and recovery support for Maine individuals, families and communities.
To accomplish this, the Foundation carries out its purpose through professional stewardship and the granting of donated funds using a variety of strategies. We support training, education and research (excluding biomedical research) and projects that demonstrate the effective delivery of behavioral health services.
The Maine Behavioral Health Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.
Donor Bill of Rights (PDF)
Gifts of Cash by Check
To make a donation by check, send your donation to:
The Maine Behavioral Health Foundation, c/o MASAP
295 Water Street Suite 200
Augusta, ME 04330
A gift to the Foundation Annual Fund is a gift with no restrictions from the donor on how it is to be used. Unrestricted gifts support the Foundation by allowing flexibility in determining how best to use the funds. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent the law allows. The Annual Fund provides support for many vital Foundation services. It makes possible the development of education and wellness programs to help us all lead healthier lives.
Gifts to Honor and Remember
A memorial gift can be a fitting tribute to someone special, which in turn helps fund the Foundation's efforts to continue its initiatives to develop and provide support for mental health and the eradication of substance abuse and addictions in Maine. A donation may also be made in honor of a loved one as a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or special occasion gift. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent the law allows .
To make a donation by check, please send your donation to:
The Maine Behavioral Health Foundation, c/o MASAP&MAMHS
295 Water Street Suite 200
Augusta, ME 04330
Be sure when sending a gift by mail to include the name of the person in whose honor or memory the gift is being made, as well as your name and address and the name and address of anyone to whom you want us to send notification of your gift.
If you have any questions about this type of giving, please call (207) 621-8118.
Bequests and Planned Gifts
There are many creative and flexible ways to make a contribution to the Maine Behavioral Health Foundation. The tax laws may help you to accomplish multiple goals with your money. Just as donations are sometimes tax-deductible, bequests can sometimes reduce the taxes that may be levied against your estate.
Bequests to The Maine Behavioral Health Foundation may take many forms. You may arrange for the Foundation to receive:
- A specific dollar amount
- Specified assets
- Retirement account assets, consisting of any benefits remaining in your retirement plan
- A residuary bequest, in which the Foundation receives all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after all other obligations are met
- A contingent bequest, in which the Foundation becomes the beneficiary only if the named beneficiary is unable to accept the bequest.
In considering this type of bequest, you should consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable about estate planning and who is familiar with the laws of the state where you reside. The following sample paragraph may be helpful to your attorney:
I bequeath to the Maine Behavioral Health Foundation, a not-for-profit organization chartered under the laws of the State of Maine , located at 295 Water Street Suite 200, in Augusta, ME, the sum of $____________ (or ____% of my residuary estate) to be used for unrestricted general purposes.
Please Note: This is general information and is not presented as specific legal or tax advice. Donors should, therefore, consult with their personal advisors.