Charlotte White Center makes annual contribution to the town of Dover-Foxcroft

    DOVER-FOXCROFT — Officials with the Charlotte White Center (CWC), a non-profit organization with over 30 years of experience providing support services to individuals facing the life challenges of cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as behavioral health issues, announced that a contribution has been made to the town of Dover-Foxcroft.

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CWC CONTRIBUTION — Dover-Foxcroft Town Manager Jack Clukey, right, accepts a check for $4,900 from Charlotte White Center CEO Richard M. Brown on July 10 at the Morton Avenue Municipal Building. For over two decades the Charlotte White Center and Penquis Mental Health Association have contributed monies to Dover-Foxcroft as payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for property operated by the Charlotte White Center and owned by the Penquis Mental Health Association.

    Richard M. Brown, CEO for CWC and board member for Penquis Mental Health Association (PMHA), presented Dover-Foxcroft Town Manager Jack Clukey with a contribution to the town for $4,900 on July 10. This contribution is made as payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for over a dozen properties operated by the Charlotte White Center (owned by the PMHA).
    2013 marks the 21st year that CWC and PMHA have partnered to make these contributions to Dover-Foxcroft. The contributions is made based on CWC’s ability to generate sufficient funds each year, as contracts with the state of Maine are negotiated on an annual basis and non-profit agencies do not have advance knowledge of the level of funds they will receive.
    The payment is a voluntary donation because non-profits, such as CWC, are not required to pay such taxes, the philosophy being that the work of non-profits contributes to the “public good” and they are performing services that would otherwise have to be performed by the government. CWC employs over 460 staff and pays out over $9.3 million in payroll into the surrounding communities. In addition, CWC also spends approximately $2 million annually purchasing goods and services in central Maine.
    CWC along with the PMHA deeply appreciates the ongoing support and services afforded by the town of Dover-Foxcroft. They consider themselves in partnership with Dover-Foxcroft and other towns to create a responsive and effective system of support for people affected by the life challenges of mental illness or developmental disabilities.
    The CWC’s mission is to provide quality community health and social services for adults, children and families affected by cognitive or developmental disabilities, behavioral or mental health challenges, substance abuse, domestic violence, or acquired brain injuries. For more information, please visit the center website at

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