We’re grateful to receive donations to First Light our fiscal sponsor, New Learning Journey, Inc. If you’re interested in supporting the work of First Light with a larger donation, please reach out to Lauren Brady, development associate, by emailing lauren at firstlightmaine.org.

Current Funders:

This year, First Light’s efforts are financially supported by

  • Cotyledon Fund
  • Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
  • Kalliopeia Foundation
  • Hewlett Foundation
  • NoVo Foundation and Indigenous People’s Fund at Tides Foundation
  • Onion Foundation
  • Stone Foundation
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Quimby Family Foundation
  • Vermont Community Foundation
  • and anonymous funders.

In the past, we have been grateful for the support of Allagash Brewing Company, Bangor Savings Bank, Stifler Family Foundation, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Oak Foundation, Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, and a host of individual donors committed to supporting land trusts and the cultural success of Native peoples.  All support for this effort to strengthen and evolve conservation in Maine is gratefully accepted.


First Light Learning Journey is a program of New Learning Journey, Inc: a nonprofit collaborative working at the nexus of community development, conservation and social justice that seeks to deepen people’s relationship to place through strengthening cultural, economic and environmental resilience. We see a larger and more diverse world that cares about the relationship between people and nature than is reflected in the story of conservation today. We seek to respectfully reduce that gap through in- depth, transformational, cross-cultural learning experiences to foster new ways of thinking and new partners.