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Leaders and Luminaries

Awards to Maine Nonprofit Board Members in Eligible
Areas to Recognize Innovation and Passion in Leadership

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Camden National Bank - The Bank of Maine Foundation

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Awards of $5,000 to Maine nonprofit organization board leaders in communities served by the funding source to recognize outstanding leadership. Eligible nominees are those that demonstrate innovation, passion, and resourcefulness in board leadership, which has resulted in the organization's financial stability, growth, or successful transition. Applications must provide detailed, concrete examples of how these factors have contributed to the organization’s success.

Each winner will receive:
- A $5,000 grant for his/her nonprofit organization
- Recognition on Camden National Bank’s website, social media, and marketing materials
- An invitation to attend the Maine Association of Nonprofits’ event: Get on Board: Connecting People with Purpose, on November 12, 2019, when the Leaders & Luminaries winners will be present with their awards.

There are several key ways in which board members demonstrate exceptional governance and leadership, such as:
- Playing a leading role in helping the organization define and achieve its mission.
- Providing active and helpful oversight of the activities and financial stability of the organization.
- Providing leadership in helping to create the organization’s strategic direction and vision.
- Setting an example for other board members and mentoring newly appointed members.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184198

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Awards Criteria:
- Nonprofits located within the communities served by Camden National Bank are encouraged to nominate a board member who has demonstrated passion, innovation and resourcefulness in board governance which has led to the organization’s growth, successful transition or financial stability.
- Eligibility is limited to nonprofit organizations or groups that demonstrate tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)3.
- The board member must be currently serving on the board of directors and not employed by the organization.
- The size, age, budget and mission of the organization are not material in consideration for this award.
- In reviewing applications, the selection committee will take into account the funds, staff and volunteers available to the organization, as well as how effectively it has allocated those resources to fulfill its mission. The committee will also consider whether appropriate term limits have been put in place and a sustainable leadership plan established.
- No prior or current relationship with Camden National Bank will be considered or is necessary to receive this award.
- Camden National Bank employees are not eligible to nominate or be nominated.
- Only one nomination accepted per organization.
- Award recipients are not eligible to participate for the following five years.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is Friday, August 30, 2019.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit nominations by email or mail to:


Leaders & Luminaries Award
Camden National Bank
Two Canal Plaza
Portland, ME 04101

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USA: Maine