Donate to Scholarships for Maine Immigrants

Scholarships for Maine Immigrants is a small nonprofit, volunteer-run organization with minimal operating overhead. Our mission is to help local immigrants and refugees gain the English language competence and career skills necessary to achieve their educational and professional goals in their new home.

Support from individuals, businesses and foundations is needed to ensure that SMI can continue to provide scholarships. Scholarship awards depend on the contributions received from our annual fall appeal and donations made throughout the year. Since 2000, we have awarded hundreds of scholarships to immigrants from over 48 countries.

Donations to SMI are again tax-deductible, thanks to our new fiscal sponsorship! (October 27, 2022)

SMI is happy to announce that Friends of Portland Adult Education (FPAE) is now our fiscal sponsor. This partnership will allow us once again to raise scholarship funds for New Mainers and offer our donors a tax deduction.

Facing the prospect of a second year without the ability to solicit tax-deductible funds for scholarships, due to an IRS backlog, we reached out to FPAE. SMI and FPAE share a common goal: supporting New Mainers to re-join the workforce through the acquisition of language and job skills.

If you would like to support SMI’s 2022 Annual Appeal to fund scholarships for New Mainers, there are two options (and 100% of your gift will go to SMI either way):

1. If a tax deduction is not needed, you can give here (“Donate” button below) through SMI’s secure PayPal account with a credit or debit card or your own PayPal account:

2. To make a donation by check, and receive a tax-deduction, make your check payable to SMI’s fiscal sponsor, “Friends of Portland Adult Education” or “FPAE.” Important note: put “For SMI” on the check memo line. Then, send your check to: 

P.O. Box 281
Portland, ME 04112

We’re very grateful you are choosing to give to SMI. Thank you for your generous and steadfast support!