FOR THE FUTURE OF FARMING IN CAPE ELIZABETH
CELT is partnering with Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) and landowners Nate and Kathy Maxwell to permanently protect 76 acres of beautiful working farmland in Cape Elizabeth. Located between Spurwink Avenue and Sawyer Road, this family-owned property has been a working farm contributing to the local food economy for generations.
Maxwell Farm is the “icing on the cake” of a three year comprehensive campaign. Funds raised will secure the full value of a farmland easement on Maxwell Farm, assuring the property is forever designated for farmland use for generations to come. A generous donor will match each and every contribution up to $854,000. Join us and your support will go twice as far. Help us ensure this working farm stays a working farm, supporting the local food economy for generations to come.
See and hear more about campaign needs from people in the Cape community:
Development Growth in a Changing Community
Once a sparsely populated rural community, Cape Elizabeth has witnessed substantial residential housing growth in recent decades. From 2000 to 2015, Cape’s housing stock grew by 364 new units—a rate of growth that is ten times the pace of population growth.
The Erosion of Cape’s Rich Agricultural Heritage
Although many farms remain in Cape today, their numbers are diminishing having been replaced by residential development. Town-wide surveys have repeatedly and overwhelmingly shown that maintaining the viability of local, safe, and reliable food sources is highly valued by Cape Elizabeth residents.
For many in rural areas, going to bed listening to spring peepers is a sure harbinger of spring. Yet in many areas, this experience is now a mere memory. When a parcel of land is developed, hundreds of species are negatively impacted and most are permanently displaced. Thanks to CELT’s conservation efforts, Robinson Woods, to cite but one example, is a thriving ecosystem, with 300-year-old trees and a broad array of wildlife.
GOAL: $6.25 MILLION
CELT is taking strategic and bold efforts to preserve Cape now by identifying and raising funds for today’s needs within the community and for stewarding lands in perpetuity. During a successful quiet phase of the campaign, CELT has raised more than $5 million dollars to support a comprehensive capital campaign. Charitable support from concerned members of the community is needed to realize a strategic vision for Cape that includes a goal of $6.25 million to secure and steward conservation priorities and education programming in Cape Elizabeth over the next 5 to 10 years.
Protecting Land in Perpetuity
Goal: $4 million — $3.2 million raised to date
Immediate Key Opportunities include 76-acre easement at Maxwell Farm
Protecting and stewarding lands cherished by our community is our highest campaign priority. During the quiet phase of the campaign, CELT conserved both Robinson Woods III and the Pollack Brook Preserve on Spurwink Avenue using $2.2 million of funds already raised. Now, we turn our attention down the road to fundraising for a 76-acre easement at Maxwell Farm.
Goal: $300,000 — $240,000 raised to date
CELT’s work does not stop when we purchase land. There are immediate needs such as bridges, invasive species removal, boardwalks and trail development to provide public access, all that require staff and volunteer time and materials.
GOAL: $1,200,000 — $960,000 raised to date
Ensure long-term financial health for CELT
Expansion of the General Endowment Fund as a part of this campaign will support preserving CELT properties forever and will allow the organization to continue to engage, educate, and connect the community with conserved lands.
Goal: $750,000 — $600,000 raised to date
Fiscal year ’18 through fiscal year ’20
This portion of the campaign ensures that annual operations revenue covers all budget needs for running the organization, including funds for educational programs, stewardship activities, land protection, and working with landowners so we can continue to do our good work.
Impact of Giving
Your gift to CELT makes a real difference to our mission. Here’s how your gifts help us protect Cape lands, take care of lands and trails, and educate the next generations. Thank you for all you do.
|FUNDS THE EQUIVALENT OF:|
|Land Protection||Land & Trail Stewardship||Education|
|Major or Endowment Gifts||$50,000||2 acres||20 acres/forever||80 kids/forever|
|$25,000||1 acre||10 acres/forever||40 kids/forever|
|Annual or Single Gifts||$10,000||0.4 acres||100 acres/one yr.||400 kids/one yr.|
|$5,000||0.2 acres||50 acres/one yr.||200 kids/one yr.|
|$2,500||0.1 acres||25 acres/one yr.||100 kids/one yr.|
|$1,000||10 acres/one yr.||40 kids/one yr.|
|$500||5 acres/one yr.||20 kids/one yr.|
|$250||2.5 acres/one yr.||10 kids/one yr.|
|Major or Endowment Gifts*||Funds the Equivalent of:|
Land Protection2 acres
Land & Trail Stewardship20 acres/forever
Land Protection1 acre
Land & Trail Stewardship10 acres/forever
|Annual or Single Gifts|
Land Protection0.4 acres
Land & Trail Stewardship25 acres/one yr.
Education100 kids/one yr.
Land & Trail Stewardship10 acres/one yr.
Education40 kids/one yr.
Land & Trail Stewardship5 acres/one yr.
Education20 kids/one yr.
Land & Trail Stewardship2.5 acres/one yr.
Education10 kids/one yr.
*Options assume 4% endowment income from major gifts and the annual impact per year in PERPETUITY.
Every gift counts!
Cape Elizabeth is a special place. Once CELT conserves land, it is preserved forever. Please join us conserving this beautiful place for generations to come. Your support will make a real difference in preserving the character of Cape and helping this community campaign succeed. To learn more about giving options, please contact CELT staff at 207-767-6054.
Read more about the Forever Cape campaign: Case Statement