The percentage of out-of-state money is unusual for a cultural organization in Maine, making the Portland museum the envy of its peers across the state, said Scott Schnapp, executive director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits. One unnamed national corporation has pledged $100,000 to underwrite the "Weatherbeaten" exhibition. That pledge is over and above the money raised for the studio restoration.
Maine's large environmental groups raise significant sums of money out of state, but few others succeed in tapping the resources of summer residents and out-of-state foundations or corporations, Schnapp said.
"Most of the rest of us tend to look for support within the state. This speaks extremely highly of the PMA's ability to make this happen," he said.
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