The Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation is an independent, statewide 501(c)(3) founded in 1971 as a non-profit charitable organization. After more than 40 years of consistent dedication to youth in Maine, the Board of Trustees and staff completed strategic planning in the Spring and Summer of 2015, determining the direction of the Foundation for the next 40 years.
The mission of the Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation and Camp Susan Curtis is to ensure that economically disadvantaged Maine youth develop the individual character, self-confidence, and skills essential to becoming independent, contributing citizens.
We accomplish this by:
Building trusting relationships with Maine youth and their families through the provision of tuition-free, high quality, camping, educational and social experiences that bolster education attainment, promote health and well-being, and support the development of life and workplace skills.
Maximizing collaborative relationships with organizations and individuals to help the youth we serve secure the tools and connections they need to complete their education, prepare for careers and contribute to Maine’s economic future.
It all began with Susan
When Governor Kenneth M. Curtis and Pauline B. Curtis were in the Blaine House in Augusta, their daughter, Susan, passed away. The people of Maine cared deeply for the Governor and his family, some sending small gifts to express their sympathy. The Curtis family and close friends, whom we now refer to as the Founders, wanted to create a lasting memorial in Susan’s name to benefit the youth of Maine. The Susan L. Curtis Foundation sprung from their desire to overcome the effects of poverty for some of Maine’s most vulnerable youth — circumstances that all too often can limit their perspective and become a barrier to education and long-term success.
Founders: Governor Kenneth M. Curtis, Pauline B. Curtis, Joel W. Bloom, Alton E. “Chuck” Cianchette, Robert J. Dunfey, Sr., Charles P. Harriman, Scott F. Hutchinson, F. Woodman Jones, Robert A.G. Monks
Susan L. Curtis Foundation Today
Today, we continue our efforts, serving 500 youth each year through youth development programs and activities, delivered first in a residential camp setting then in their communities throughout the year. Of youth participating 4 or more year and completing leadership training, 100% have graduated from high school, and 81% have gone on to post-secondary education.
The supporters who were instrumental in the creation of the Foundation have always believed every child matters. Their vision became Camp Susan Curtis, a safe haven where young spirits are nourished, young minds developed, and where people believe fully and unconditionally that the future of every Maine child has value and promise.