CEI integrates financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions to help grow good jobs, environmentally sustainable enterprises, and shared prosperity in Maine and other rural regions.

CEI envisions a world in which communities are economically and environmentally healthy, enabling all people, especially those with low incomes, to reach their full potential.

“We’re endlessly grateful for the opportunities we were given by CEI. We would not have had the courage and confidence to start our business without the free business counseling that was provided to us. In addition, the loan granted by CEI provided start-up funds that otherwise would not be available to us.”–Kelly Brodeur, Co-owner, Vintage Maine Kitchen

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If you would prefer to give by check, please mail to:

Attn: Elizabeth Rogers
30 Federal Street, Suite 100
Brunswick, ME 04011

How Your Donations Help

Your donations help cover the cost of providing the non-financial services that are so essential to help Maine people achieve their goals. Services range from business assistance for women, refugees and immigrants with low incomes to homeownership education and financial literacy training for those who want to plan for their futures. Many CEI borrowers would not be able to take advantage of CEI loan programs without upfront training and assistance.

Donations also help CEI build its capital base. Gifts to CEI’s revolving loan fund become part of the organization’s equity and support its ability to lend directly into the community and to leverage additional funds.

CEI is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by federal law.

In addition, Maine taxpayers who contribute to CEI’s Individual Development Account program (matched savings for low-income families) may be eligible for a tax credit from the state of Maine.


CEI is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by federal law. 

For more information, contact us at 207-504-5900 or by E-mail.