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November 15, 2019

Camden National Bank awards $22K to six Maine nonprofit leaders

Nonprofit leaders honored by Camden National Bank (group photo) Courtesy / Camden National Bank Camden National Bank honored six Maine nonprofit leaders with $22,000 in grants.Pictured, from left, are Renee Smyth, chief marketing and experience officer, Camden National Bank; Clayton Cleaves, Four Directions Development Corp.; Katie Shorey, Startup Maine; Lydia MacDonald, Island Community Center; John Manganello, Boots2Roots; Barrett Brown, Midcoast Recreation Center; Virginia Marriner (on behalf of Katie Feliciano), Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta; Greg Dufour, president and CEO, Camden National Bank.

Camden National Bank this week awarded $22,000 in grants to six leaders of Maine nonprofit organizations.

This year, more than 55 nonprofit board members were nominated by the community for a Leaders & Luminaries Award. Since the series was launched in 2011, Camden National Bank has given $152,000 to 43 Maine nonprofits through its private charitable foundation, The Bank of Maine Foundation.

The awards breakfast took place earlier this week during Maine Association of Nonprofits' executive forum, "Focus on Strategic Board Recruitment: Connecting People with Purpose."

In addition to giving $5,000 to four honorees, the bank awarded $1,000 each to the winners of the Emerging Leader and Spotlight awards, all of whom are listed below.

"Our Leaders & Luminaries Awards aim to shine a spotlight on the critical impact that volunteer board directors have each day,” said Greg Dufour, president and CEO of Camden National Bank, in a statement.

“We couldn’t be prouder of this year’s awardees who bring passion, strategic vision, and leadership to their organizations in order to strengthen our communities," he added.

Emerging Leader and Spotlight honorees 

Katie Shorey,  volunteer board chair of Startup Maine, received the Emerging Leader Award. She told Mainebiz she plans to use the award money primarily for leadership team building and hiring a facilitator for the organization's strategic offsite planning session. 

"I'm very proud of our team and the recognition is great validation about the work we are doing for the startup ecosystem and the state," she added. "We hope to continue to be a critical piece of the support system for entrepreneurs."

The 2019 Spotlight Award went to Clayton Cleaves, board director at Four Directions Development Corp., a a Native American Community Development Financial Institution that provides support to members of the Wabanaki tribes.

2019 Leaders & Luminaries Awards honorees

  • John Manganello, Co-Founder & Board President, Boots2Roots
  • Lydia MacDonald, Board Trustee and former Board President, Island Community Center
  • Katie Feliciano, Board Vice-Chair, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta
  • Barrett Brown, Board President, Midcoast Recreation Center







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