Our Mission

Foundation 51 is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide independent funding to promote innovative student development in MSAD51.  
By supporting the inventive use of existing and emerging teaching methods, Foundation 51 seeks to enrich the educational experience with programs that inspire creativity and passion, and encourage social responsibility.
Get Your 2018 Fall Fling Tickets Now!

SAVE THE DATE! Enjoy a fall night out, right here in our community and support Foundation 51!

Please join us for Foundation 51's Annual Fall Fling Celebrating 20 Years of Growing and Giving!

Friday, September 28th |  6:30-10:00PM 
329 Greely Road in North Yarmouth 

Tickets: $51/person
Tickets include entry into the event, a meal item at one of our food trucks, live music by The Mallett Brothers Band


We're celebrating 20 years of growing and giving back to our students, teachers, and schools through educational grants. Foundation 51 is an educational nonprofit that was established in 1998 by community members from North Yarmouth and Cumberland with the mission to direct private charitable resources toward the enrichment of educational opportunities for students in MSAD 51. With the help of a supportive community we have done just that!! In 20 years we've supported over 250 grants with well over $500,000 toward innovative educational projects and programs benefiting all three schools. 

If you've joined us in the past, this year will be bigger, better and we hope to raise even more money to support educational opportunities for students in MSAD 51. New this year: The Mallett Brothers Band will perform, and instead of the silent auction there will be several large packages to be raffled off. In addition, weve got food trucks and The Old 37 beverage truck. Each attendee will receive a meal ticket good toward a dinner item at one of two food trucks, Fishin’ Ships and Mainely Burgers, and The Old 37 beverage truck will be ready to serve drinks with a cash bar.

*Please note, this is a local fundraising event, not a Mallett Brothers Band concert open to the general public. 

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO:  The Hein Family, Berlin City, Dews Door, Jeff Pierce with Mulkerin Assoc., Main Line Fence, Ronald M. Brown Plumbing & Heating, Savvy Event Rental


Announcements - 2017/2018 School Year
Foundation 51 is pleased to announce the following grants have been awarded for the Fall 2017 grant cycle. These grants total $7,400 and will benefit students in our community.
  • Better Chemistry Through Experimentation - Benefiting GHS students
  • Pedal While You Work – Benefiting GMS students
  • Connecting Trigonometry to Music/Sound – Benefiting GHS students
  • Sage Advice to Fledgling Narrative Writers – Benefiting GMS students
  • Games for Critical Thinking – Benefiting GHS students
  • Teaching Astronomy Through Building and Using Radio Telescopes - Benefiting GHS students
  • Swim with the School, Make GMS 4-5 the Best Place! - Benefiting GMS students
  • Integrated Learning Through Boat Building - Benefiting GHS students 
The Fall 2018 grant deadline will be announced shortly.

Appeal for Donations

Established nearly 20 years ago, the Foundation 51 Board of Directors is comprised of a group of dedicated members who strive to promote educational excellence within our schools. It is on the shoulders of those who came before us that the board is energized to push on to new heights in 2019. Through educational, innovative, and often just simple, compassionate ideas brought to us by individuals like you, we are implementing amazing acts of change.

In these 20 years, we have funded over $500,000 in educational grants exclusively for MSAD 51 students. The STEM program was launched with funding support from Foundation 51. We have partnered with the PTO to support the Parent University program providing programs to educate parents on issues of importance ranging from technology, to anxiety, to bullying. Classroom equipment has been funded by various grants to aid children who struggle with focus allowing a more effective learning environment. Our pride and passion in this organization is palpable.

As you consider giving to non-profit organizations, we ask you to give some thought to Foundation 51, a 501(c)3 option. We are a 100% volunteer board, so your contribution goes toward supporting future opportunities and all it takes to make them happen. 

Our own little Shangri-La of 47 square miles and roughly 10,000 people has an overabundance of kindness, compassion, and generosity. 

Thank you for being part of this community.If you wish to give a tax-deductible contribution in any amount:

>>> Click here to donate online now <<<

Or, send a check, payable to “Foundation 51” to P.O. Box 545, Cumberland, ME 04021. 

You may e-mail questions or to ask for assistance to info@foundation51.org or to the Board President, Carla O’Sullivan, at Carla@foundation51.org

The entire Board of Directors wishes you a kind and gentle holiday season. May 2018 only see your hands reach out in friendship, never in need. 

Warm Holiday Greetings and Happy New Year,

The Foundation 51 Board


Dates To Remember
  • Friday, September 28, 2018 - Fall Fling
Fall Fundraiser, Another Success!
Foundation 51 kicked off its second annual Fall Fling celebration and fundraiser on Friday, October 14 with delightful music by Darlin’ Corey and local band Captain Bangaroo, an extensive silent auction, and a sold out attendance. Community members, parents, teachers and administration, all came together to support the common goal of promoting academic excellence in MSAD 51. Peter and Christine Hein generously offered their barn and backyard for the event for a second year.
The night was chilly and party-goers were bundled up enjoying the music, warm barn, many fire pits, and wood-fired cuisine by Fire & Co. Attendees commented that they were thrilled to gather locally to support the Foundation and the various creative and original programs we fund through grants each year. They enjoyed bidding on the silent auction in an attempt to win one of the 100 eclectic auction items. The silent auction raised just over $14,000. These funds will directly support grants in the upcoming grant cycles. The second annual Fall Fling was nothing short of a sold out success! Our goal is to grow every year so we can give more every year.

Grant Spotlight

  • High School Robotics Club
    The Greely High School Robotics Club gives students a chance to apply lessons they’ve learned from a broad array 
    of classes (e.g. general science, computer science, physics) in a practical situation. Andrew Baca, a former science teacher and current member of the science staff at Greely High School has prior exposure to robotics competitions and applied for a grant in the 2016 spring grant cycle. Foundation 51 was proud to award a grant substantial enough to fund the Robotics Club this fall.  The Club already has 14 students participating - enough to sponsor three teams working on one robot each. Club members meet twice a week at the high school.  The Robotics Club’s main activity is to design and build robots to bring to local competitions. Baca makes sure that the students have the materials, direction, and support to build and compete.

    In addition to fostering interest in physics, computer science, and programming, the Club promotes teamwork and communication skills. Eacindividual contributes some range of leadership, project management, mechanical awareness, technological savvy, and, of course, problem solving skills to his or her team. The Club provides an opportunity to bring students together to explore and to practice these vital skills regularly.  Baca anticipates that participation will continue to grow over the next few years. As the Club grows, he hopes to extend not only the number of teams composed of high school students but also to expand the Club to include middle school students as well.

    Foundation 51 is pleased to have been able to help enrich the intellectual and personal growth of a number of students at Greely High School outside the classroom with this fun and innovative project. We thank Andrew for his leadership and commitment.




    Posted 27 Dec 2016, 17:54 by Webmaster Foundation51
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