Community Support

For over 160 years, H.M. Payson has supported organizations and agencies in the communities we serve through gifts, capital campaigns and sponsorship’s. We do not consider these actions gifts. They are partnerships.

We celebrate the innovative work being done by our neighbors, like at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Or the amazing comfort and counsel an organization like the Center For Grieving Children provides. Or the critical outreach provided to those in need by Preble Street and the Tedford Center.

But the truth is, anyone can write a check.

A real measure of our commitment is the active role so many of our employees take in the community. Scroll through their bios and note the number of causes – ranging from child welfare, hunger prevention, health and wellness, the arts and environment, hospice care and the economically disadvantaged – to which our employees volunteer their time. We do so freely and because we feel it’s an honor to be in a position to serve.

In the end, ensuring the welfare of all is the best investment any of us can make.

Orland-based nonprofit exceeds fundraising goal for working family subsidy program

Funds will help with daycare costs and unexpected emergencies

Working families are not always able to receive financial support when unexpected emergencies occur. In response, H.O.M.E., an Orland-based shelter and multi-faceted nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness and improving low-income families’ quality of life, recently developed a new subsidy program for working families in need.

“The new program is designed to assist parents with daycare costs when no other assistance is available,” said Tracy Hair, executive director of H.O.M.E. “The subsidy will also help low income families who experience financial difficulty, but do not meet the state’s eligibility guidelines for support programs.”

H.O.M.E has exceeded its $8,000 fundraising goal for the program, with meaningful contribution from H.M. Payson, The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine (UUCC Opportunity Fund), and other community members.

Learn more about H.O.M.E.’s mission here. 

For Claire: A Maine Huts & Trails Story

Maine Huts & Trails provides outdoor excursions in beautiful Western Maine, boasting 80 miles of backcountry trails and picturesque waterways, four world-class eco-lodges, and thousands of loyal fans. 

To get to the heart of the experience of disconnecting and stepping into nature we partnered with Maine Huts & Trails to create a long-form film that tells a fictional story of a man in search of a better sense of himself and his place in the world by setting off into the Maine woods. Along the way his biggest challenge is putting himself into accord with the overwhelming sense of loneliness, he feels being away from everything he knows. Ultimately finding camaraderie and community through a shared meal at Stratton Brook Hut.

The Ball of Yarn: HM Payson Supports Camp Sunshine

Camp Sunshine , located on Maine’s beautiful Sebago Lake, provides retreats combining respite, recreation, and support, while enabling hope for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

To highlight the connectedness of the children through the camp’s activities, we partnered with Camp Sunshine to offer the winter campers a special 3-day class about storytelling through video. The campers were given a ball of yarn as their subject, they planned and filmed each frame, and this what they created.

Levi Knapp on the importance of higher education


Thomas College believes in helping students find gainful employment after graduation with their Guaranteed Job Program.

We partnered with Thomas College to highlight recent graduate, Levi Knapp ‘s perspective on the importance of higher education and how the Guaranteed Job Program helped him land his job with The Harold Alfond Foundation.

Sea of Opportunity: HM Payson Supports Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences



At Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine, scientists explore how the tiniest marine particles affect all life on Earth. And their discoveries are fueling new ways to keep our oceans – and our planet – healthy for future generations. We’re proud to sponsor Bigelow’s Café Sci, the annual summer educational series that connects world-renowned ocean scientists with community members. We encourage you to check out one of the lectures:

July 17, 2018
Deep Sea Mining: How Your Smartphone is Driving the Hunt for Seafloor Minerals
Led by Dr. Beth Orcutt

July 24, 2018
Incredible, Edible Kelp: Harvesting the Potential of Seaweed Aquaculture
Led by Dr. Nichole Price

July 31, 2018
Precious Metals: A Global Hunt to Understand Scarce Ocean Nutrients
Led by Dr. Ben Twining

August 7, 2018
Are We Alone?: What Microbes Can Tell Us About Possible Life on Other Planets
Led by Dr. Jackie Goordial

August 14, 2018
Guardians of the Reef: Identifying the Species that Promote Coral Reef Recovery
Led by Dr. Doug Rasher

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

HM Payson hosted an informative and educational evening at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences at their new campus in East Boothbay on the banks of the Damariscotta River. Guests enjoyed local oysters, toured the facility, and gained a greater understanding of the important work being done by one of the best-kept secrets in mid-coast Maine.

Outdoor Sport Institute

With the new re-branding of Maine Winter Sports, HM Payson offered its support through the sponsorship of a celebration to kick-off the new Outdoor Sport Institute. Over 100 people attended the event, held at the Oceanfront Gateway in Portland.

Center for Grieving Children

Elizabeth Peavey took center stage to perform her acclaimed one-women show My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother as a unique theatrical experience for our clients, as well as friends of the Center for Grieving Children at Hannaford Hall in Portland. Guests of the Center and HM Payson enjoyed a wonderful show and reception.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

HM Payson hosted a client appreciation event at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in Portland, ME to highlight the innovative and important research being done at their state-of-the-art facility. A sampling of clients, employees, and business professionals feasted on local seafood and were given the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the key components of GMRI’s mission within the community.

160th Anniversary

HM Payson celebrated its 160th anniversary as one of the oldest Investment Firms in the state of Maine. Clients and business professionals from around Portland were invited to gather with employees to celebrate this monumental achievement at the Mason Temple in Portland, ME.

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