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Brennan & Rogers, PLLC

279 York Street

P.O. Box 467

York, Maine 03909

2 Storer Street, Suite 111

Kennebunk, Maine 04043*

(207) 361-4680

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed

*Satellite office located in 

Kennebunk, Maine 

is staffed for scheduled appointments made through the York office only 

The Brennan & Rogers, PLLC Journal

June 2022 Edition

"There's a quality of life in Maine which is this singular and unique. I think. It's absolutely a world onto itself." Jamie Wyeth

Thank you for supporting us in the

Nomination Round

of the

2022 Best of the Seacoast!

We are thankful for all the kind words, emails, and votes that our clients and followers have offered to us during the nomination period. Knowing that we have this kind of community support makes us winners already!

We will let you know when the final votes have been tabulated. Keep an eye out for a special office announcement via email and our social media channels. 

Updates in Estate Planning and Elder Law

Claiming Social Security Benefits at Age 70

If you are about to turn 70, congratulations on reaching a big milestone. And if you also have delayed claiming Social Security retirement benefits up till now, you are joining a select group - only 6.5 percent of Social Security recipients put off collecting their benefits until they reach three score and ten, the age at which they can collect the maximum benefit.

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What to Do If Your Medicaid Application Is Denied

If you apply for long-term care assistance through Medicaid and your application is denied, the situation may seem hopeless. The good news is that you can appeal the decision. 

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Professional Spotlight:

Maine Community Foundation

Bringing people and resources together to build a better Maine

Nearly 40 years ago Ed Kaelber had a vision for Maine: a community foundation that could help improve the lives of all people in the state he loved. A $10 donation from his friend Bob Blum launched the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF), which Kaelber led for years from MaineCF’s Ellsworth office.

Today Kaelber’s idea, rooted in the generosity of people with a passion for Maine, has grown into the state’s second-largest nonprofit foundation with assets of nearly $788 million. The foundation’s staff now serves donors and nonprofit organizations from an additional office in Portland and other locations across the state.

Community foundations have been a driving force in philanthropy since 1914, when Frederick H. Goff established the nation’s first in Cleveland, Ohio. More than 750 community foundations now serve communities across the country, with many more located in countries around the world.

Philanthropic individuals and families are key to MaineCF’s continuing growth and impact in Maine. Last year, their gifts ensured the community foundation could provide almost $58 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations and tuition assistance to Maine students through more than 650 scholarship funds.

MaineCF’s 20-plus competitive grant programs provide support to a vast array of nonprofit organizations and projects for land protection, historic preservation, the arts, and many more initiatives.

Our County and Regional Program, MaineCF’s largest annual grant program, is tailored for Maine with endowed funds for each county. Committees comprised of local community members provide on-the-ground, local leadership for each county fund. Their knowledge of local issues is vital as they review and recommend grants to local nonprofit organizations and projects. This spring MaineCF awarded $2 million through 256 Community Building grants.

Donors with donor-advised funds also play a crucial role in grantmaking at MaineCF. In 2021 donors made close to 4,000 grants totaling about $29 million – at least half of the community foundation’s grants. Their support has been key as nonprofits rebuild after months of stalled events and fundraising throughout the pandemic.

Additional donor support allowed us to award proactive grants of more than $4.5 million during the pandemic for a broad range of needs – food pantries, transportation and tablets to keep older people connected, social services, and support for child care that allowed essential workers to help when we needed them most. This spring donors stepped up with additional contributions to our Critical Issues Fund, which provided emergency funding to organizations that assist asylum seekers.

MaineCF serves Maine people through their neighbors – philanthropists of all levels who donate to existing charitable funds or create funds to support their interest areas and communities. You can give now or plan for later through a planned gift. Funds can be established with cash or non-cash appreciated assets and your charitable contribution may qualify for a tax deduction (subject to IRS limitations).

MaineCF offers several ways for individuals to make planned gifts. One of the simplest is a bequest – a statement in your will or living trust that a share of your estate will be distributed to the foundation for the purpose you name.

Donors with advised funds often establish close connections with MaineCF’s staff, who are very knowledgeable of Maine issues and can alert you to grant proposals that match your interests. Our new online platform, Giving Together, also allows these donors to review and support grant proposals vetted by MaineCF staff.

As we look forward to our 40th year, the Maine Community Foundation is proud to build on the dreams of Ed Kaelber and Bob Blum. Their vision has endured, with our commitment to better lives for Maine people through nonprofit partnerships and strong stewardship of charitable funds for the long term.

If you would like to learn more about the Maine Community Foundation, we encourage you to visit or reach out to Jennifer Richard, director of gift planning, or (207) 412-0833. If you’d like a copy of our new annual report, please email or call (207) 667-9735.

Follow Maine Community Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and, YouTube

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Are you a local professional or organization with your pulse on the lifestyle and needs of seniors in our community? We welcome the opportunity to feature your written piece in our monthly newsletter! 

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We have resumed in-person meetings with clients, however, we still encourage clients to consider meeting with us remotely, particularly if they have health concerns. Our office staff has been vaccinated, and we practice social distancing, but remote meeting through the use of technology like Zoom is safe and convenient, so we continue to encourage its use.

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Brennan & Rogers, PLLC

279 York Street (PO Box 467) 

York, Maine 03909 (207) 361-4680

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