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How to Contribute

By Check, Credit Card or PayPal

  • If you wish a tax deduction: Make your check payable to "DERC&D / SCAI" and mail to:

Sunrise County Arts Institute
PO Box 277, Milbridge, ME 04658.

We'll log in your contribition, and DERC&D/SCAI will provide you with a letter of thanks for your records.

  • If you don't need the tax deduction and wish SCAI to be able to use your whole donation, make your check out to Sunrise County Arts Institute, Inc., and mail to the address above.
  • For PayPal, make your gift payable to 
  • We can accept credit cards through Square.

Now you can make a tax-deductible contribution online!

We're live on Razoo, a crowdfunding platform dedicated to non-profits:

Sunrise County Arts on Razoo

Donations starting at $10 are gratefully accepted via credit/debit card or PayPal. Gifts made through Razoo are tax-deductible.

Did you know? Many foundations and government agencies look for local community involvement when they're deciding how to award their grants.

Even if you can just contribute a few dollars, you can make a real difference: not just in the math, but in helping to show the world that we have great grass-roots support!

Winter-Spring 2019-20 Update:  

SCAI has made lots of positive waves over its first 6 years!  And needs your ongoing support. Just a couple of highlights:

In 2014-15 we re-started the theater program at Narraguagus Jr./Sr. High School, with the enthusiastic backing of the school, school district, and fellow community organizations and businesses.  In 2018-19 we not only created an original show with Drama Club members, but took it out to share at venues from Milbridge to Machias.  Some project costs need help from YOU, since the school budget has no formal allocation yet for drama.

The ECMI Youth Chorale, directed by Danielle since 2018, has performed three programs with the Bagaduce Chorale and GEM Orchestra, reaching hundreds of appreciative attendees.

And much more!  Contact us if you'd like to receive our December 2019 roundup letter with all the news.  

Our success since we began our work here in 2014 has come through a combination of substantial volunteered professional time by the founders, and contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations that believe in our mission and results. We have no paid staff or officers, and minimal operating costs. 

To be truly sustainable for the future, SCAI needs your help today. To maintain and expand our programs, we look to the continued generosity of our local-to-global community.  Whether you live around the corner or “Away," please think of SCAI as a worthy way to express your love of the arts and of community.

There are many possibilities listed here; please take a look:


How Can You Get Involved?  Lots of ways...

  • Make a tax-deductible gift.  See how in the box to the right, and details about our non-profit fiscal sponsor* below.
  • Pass the word! 
    • Tell your friends & neighbors about our local programs, Creativity Retreats for artists, writers & musicians "from away,"  and Vacation Rentals when our apartment space isn't booked for SCAI activities.  Retreats/rentals help cover overhead, so your gifts can go directly into programs/scholarships.  (Another waterfront Milbridge home is also available for vacation rental, retreats, and long-term stays: )
    • Like & share SunriseCountyArts on FaceBook. 
    • Tweet & follow us @sunrisectyarts
    • Introduce us to people you know who might like to become SCAI "Angels."
  • Sponsor a voice student! Do you know someone who loves to sing, wishes they could study, but doesn’t think they can afford lessons?  You can direct your contribution(s) toward lessons for a specific person—or be an anonymous sponsor for a known or anonymous student.  
  • Give a gift certificate for a series of lessons, for birthday, holiday, or "just because."
  • Tell people Danielle’s available for lessons (in person or online), workshops, singing engagements:
    • Private or family/group voice lessons at our beautiful Milbridge studio
    • Private lessons at MDI High School
    • Private lessons and the Youth Chorale at Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI)
    • Skype singing lessons online
    • Danielle's singing makes special occasions even more memorable—receptions & private parties, weddings & baptisms, funerals & memorials, church services.  Everything from classical & opera to jazz, musical theater, pops. All fees/contributions are paid directly to SCAI to support our programs & scholarships.
    • Would your choir or group like a fun, instructive workshop? Danielle has led groups in basic vocal technique & ensemble singing—for singers & also church choir directors—at the American Guild of Organists, Omega Institute, colleges & churches.  Will travel, or see our calendar for some at Fish Point that are open to any choir singers. 
  • Buy a CD or two, for yourself or as gifts!  Personalized signing is easily arranged, if you like.
  • Do you buy through  Soon we’ll post a link here to an Amazon Associates account.  If you go to Amazon via our link, any new purchases (as long as they’re not already in your cart or wish list) will count toward commissions for us. 
  • Do you buy sheet music online? Try Sheet Music Plus for your needs.  We'll earn modest commissions on scores & books you buy there, if you use our affiliate link.  
  • Volunteer!  Everyone's help is valuable. Can you contribute your talents, items or baked goods for fund-raisers and concerts? Help with light-labor tasks for events at the Center? 
  • Share your creative ideas!   We’d love to hear your thoughts, meet any friends & supporters of the arts you'd like us to know, & widen the circle. 
  •  Tell us how you'd like to get involved. And thank you.


We have an entirely volunteer administration and staff.  The funds we raise go directly into SCAI's programs, especially those for young people. These include private voice lessons, theater productions, writing workshops, community singing opportunities, and residencies by guest artists and mentors from our large circle of distinguished musicians, actor/directors, writers and visual artists.

Many of our neighbors cannot afford the full cost of these programs — about 85% of local children qualify for assisted or free school lunches — so scholarships are essential to involve the people who need and want our services most.

*Tax-Deductiblility of gifts:   SCAI is a Maine public benefit corporation.  The Down East Resource Conservation & Development Council (DERC&D), has partnered with us as our Federal 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. This enables us to offer you a tax deduction for your generosity.  Whether you can afford to share a little or a lot, together we'll keep SCAI sailing!  

Don't wait for "giving season" in November-December!  The sooner contributions come in during any year, the sooner we can expand our offerings and our ability to be generous with scholarships.


Thank you in advance for your support of SCAI.

And a special tip of our mascot "Fish Scales"' natty bowler hat

to our business and non-profit supporters, who in 2014-19 included:

  • Camden National Bank, Milbridge, ME
  • The Columbia Players, Columbia, ME
  • DK Associates, Educational Consultants, Cherryfield, ME
  • Milbridge Congregational Church, Milbridge, ME (in-kind)
  • The Villchur Foundation, Woodstock, NY
  • Women's Health Resource Library, Milbridge, ME (in-kind)

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