MaineCF’s Cumberland County Grantmaking Committee welcomes four new members

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Abdulkadir Ali of Portland, Lennie Burke of Brunswick, Erin Clark of Westbrook, and Aaron Frederick of Gorham are the newest members of the Maine Community Foundation’s (MaineCF) Cumberland County Grantmaking Committee.

MaineCF’s county committees are made up of community members who live or work in the county and serve as local ambassadors for the foundation, sharing their knowledge and providing on-the-ground local leadership for the foundation. 

The Cumberland County Grantmaking Committee’s volunteer county advisors review grant proposals for MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program and recommend grant awards from the Cumberland County Fund. Community Building supports a broad range of projects and organizations across the state, including arts, education, environment, economic development, and human services.

Ali is the advocacy director at Youth Maine Justice and artistic director with Maine Inside Out. He also partners with Young People’s Caucus and Opportunity Scholars at the University of Southern Maine.

Burke, formerly in the banking and retail energy industries, serves on the board of MidCoast Redevelopment Association.

Clark is a grant manager at the John T. Gorman Foundation and is a board member of Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.

Frederick is in business and leadership development and management consulting with Dialogos and Generative Capital.

Other committee members include Alison Harris of Brunswick; Dan Coyne of Scarborough; Mufalo Chitam of South Portland; Martha Dumont of Falmouth; Eleanor Goldberg and Chip Newell of Portland; and Quincy Hentzel and Nancy Spiegel of Cape Elizabeth.

In 2022, the Cumberland County Fund awarded 18 grants totaling $836,993.

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The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine through strategic giving, community leadership, personalized service, local expertise and strong investments. To learn more about the foundation, visit