The Antonia J. Daley Foundation

Supporting Juvenile Justice Reform, Education, and Opportunity for Maine’s Youth

About the Foundation

The Antonia J. Daley Foundation was established by Antonia’s parents, friends, and colleagues in the summer of 2018 after Antonia’s unexpected death. She graduated from Portland High School two weeks prior to her passing and was planning on attending the criminal justice program at the University of Maryland in the fall. 

Her future was bright; true to form, Antonia had aspirations, goals – a plan. As a member of the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and Maine Youth Court, Antonia was passionate about juvenile criminal justice reform efforts. Specifically, in the areas listed below:

  • Community transition and re-entry
  • Violence prevention and intervention
  • Jail diversion
  • Alternatives to incarceration
  • Education
  • Restorative justice

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Our Goals

The intent of the Antonia J. Daley foundation is to carry out the vision and aspirations of Antonia’s future career goals. Antonia was determined to reform the juvenile criminal justice system and was considering becoming a juvenile defense attorney.

One of the foundation’s immediate goals is to develop a college scholarship and mentoring program for youth with prior criminal offenses who are motivated to attend college and become productive citizens in their community. These youth will be identified through the foundation’s collaboration with its community partners, and an independent committee will be established to review scholarship applications.

A scholarship in Antonia’s name will also be established at Portland High School,  awarded annually, criteria to be determined.

Future goals of the foundation will target funding other 501 (c) (3) organizations whose missions are to service juveniles in the criminal justice system. For example, the foundation will consider grant applications from organizations that provide jail diversion, re-entry, and mental health and substance abuse programming to juveniles in the criminal justice system.

Targeted fundraising efforts will be established along with an annual gala honoring scholarship recipients and other juvenile criminal justice reform efforts in the community.

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Donate

At this time, we are only able to accept donations via check or money order. Please make all donations payable to The Antonia J. Daley Foundation and mail to the following address:

AJDF
30 Seeley Avenue
Portland, ME, 04103

Donation FAQ

The Antonia J. Daley Foundation is a nonprofit organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the IRC that is dedicated to juvenile criminal justice reform. The Foundation is in the process of applying for recognition of tax-exempt status by the IRS and expects to receive such recognition before the end of the year.   

Is the Antonia J. Daley Foundation a section 501(c)(3) organization?

Yes, the Foundation is a nonprofit organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the IRC.  The Foundation is in the process of applying for recognition of tax-exempt status by the IRS.  The Foundation expects to receive official recognition of the Foundation’s tax-exempt status before the end of the year.  When the Foundation has received its official IRS determination letter, the Foundation will be tax-exempt as of the date it was formed (June 21, 2018).

Are contributions to the Antonia J. Daley Foundation tax deductible?

The Foundation is in the process of applying for recognition of tax-exempt status by the IRS.  The Foundation expects to receive the IRS’s favorable determination that the Foundation is tax-exempt before the end of the year.  When the Foundation has received its official IRS determination letter, the Foundation will be tax-exempt as of the date it was formed (June 21, 2018) and any contributions made after that date will be deductible as charitable contributions to the extent allowed by applicable tax laws. 

The Foundation will send out letters acknowledging your gift after it has received its IRS determination letter.

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