Shoppers at Whole Foods Market in Portland helped Maine Audubon raise $7849.98 in a single day just by picking up a few items for dinner. This amount is the largest in the history of the Portland grocer’s quarterly fundraiser for non-profits.
Whole Foods Market sets aside a day once each quarter during which five percent of that day’s net sales
figures are donated to a local non-profit organization. The most recent such day, Tuesday, June 19th,
marked the highest amount ever raised for a Maine-based non-profit, according to Barbara Gulino, who
serves as Marketing Team Leader for the Whole Foods Market’s Portland store located on Somerset
“One of our core values is to support the environment and sustainable agriculture,” says Gulino, “and so
the mission of Whole Foods Market and that of Maine Audubon are in perfect alignment.”
Officials from both organizations were on hand for the ceremonial check presentation on Monday. Ted
Koffman, Maine Audubon’s Executive Director – himself a regular shopper at Whole Foods Market –
says the amount exceeded even his most optimistic expectations.
“We had forecast based on past results of this program that if it netted us somewhere between five and
six thousand dollars, we’d have been very happy, “ says Koffman, “ but to then learn we almost reached
eight thousand, and that it set a record for the Portland store, is just fantastic. The generosity shown by
those who shop at Whole Foods Market, and by the company itself, is really quite remarkable.”
Whole Foods Market is a corporate partner and co-sponsor of Maine Audubon’s summer day camps
for children at the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth. In addition to financial support, Whole
Foods Market donates healthy snacks for children who attend the summer camps and pre-school
programs. Limited space is still available for the summer camps, which run through August.
Maine Audubon is a non-profit organization headquartered in Falmouth that seeks to preserve wildlife
and wildlife habitat through the science-based application of public policy and through its educational
programs for both children and adults.