Community Foundation

Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals

April 20, 2015
In December of 2014, the Community Foundation for Nantucket awarded grants through the  Nantucket Fund™ to 27 deserving Nantucket nonprofits.  Now in 2015, we are excited to feature and highlight these nonprofits and their amazing efforts.  We asked each recipient a series of questions that get to the heart of their organization and how it benefits our Island community. Our second nonprofit to feature is one that cares for our furry Island friends – It’s the:

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1) How does your nonprofit help the Nantucket community? When people think of an animal shelter, naturally they think of homeless animals—stray dogs, feral cats, abandoned bunnies—those sad stories that pull at our heart strings. But behind every animal is a human. And Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals is dedicated to helping the entire community of Nantucket—both its people and animals. nshahappyfamily Many of our grant-funded programs focus on assisting people with their pets: our Seniors with Pets Assistance (SPA) Program helps seniors care for their animals; the Lucky Whiskers and Wags Program offers financial aid to people with an acutely ill or injured pet; and Spay/Neuter Island Pets Program (SNIPP) grants vouchers to those families wanting to ensure their pets don’t have unexpected litters. Our educational programs for both children and adults teach the rewards of adoption, the perils of pet overpopulation, the links between animal and human abuse, dog/child safety, what to do with injured wildlife, and more. NSHA board members and volunteers are often out in public or on social media sites guiding and educating island citizens. nshakids
Counseling and guidance during times of hardship—whether it be finding pet-friendly housing or helping modify a pet’s behavior—are also daily occurrences at the shelter. This counseling helps a family decide to keep their pet, to re-home one that is not a good fit, or perhaps to find a new one to add to their clan. In addition to our formal programs, our staff and volunteers go out of their way to help people find their wayward pets. From being the first to respond to lost dog reports to making and posting signs about a missing beloved cat, our staff and volunteers are often on the front lines when the missing pet alarm is sounded. As much as we love to spend time with the kittens and puppies at the shelter, we know that caring about animals is caring about people. And that is how Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals helps the entire Nantucket community. 2) What does our Nantucket community mean to you and your nonprofit? With the advent of Facebook and other social media sites, it has become so clear to us that we are a community of animal lovers. We have over 362 Twitter followers and 2035 Facebook friends. Every time we post an animal for adoption or an animal that is lost, found or needs a foster home, we have shares and retweets in a matter of minutes. So along with supporting us financially, our Nantucket community supports our work by helping us do our work. 3)  Tell us a specific story of how your nonprofit has benefited someone in our Nantucket community. We have dozens of stories, but here are two (names and details have been changed to protect privacy): Our SPA program (Seniors with Pets Assistance) helps seniors with their pets in times of need. An elderly man recently broke his hip and could not walk his rambunctious dog. For two months, this program paid for a dog walker so that the dog did not lose his quality of life while the senior recovered. A woman had a cat who needed a surgery that would save the cat’s life, but she could not afford to pay for that surgery. The Lucky Whiskers and Wags Fund covered the cost of the surgery, allowing the woman to keep her only companion. Months later, she sent us a letter thanking us for stepping in. In the letter was a check for the entire grant that NSHA had made. Her personal issues had resolved, she was solvent again, and felt it only right that she pay us back. That money can now go toward another animal in need. 4)  In one sentence, tell us your thoughts on the Community Foundation for Nantucket and how you think it benefits the Nantucket community and all your efforts as a nonprofit. The Community Foundation for Nantucket promotes community by helping Nantucketers support local causes: CFNAN helps Nantucketers help Nantucketers! 5)  Where did your grant dollars specifically go this year? To help fund our Lucky Whiskers and Wags program, which covers the costs for shelter and community animals needing surgery, medications, or other emergency or critical medical care. 6)  Any event dates for your nonprofit we should know about in 2015?
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Location: 11 Crooked Lane, Nantucket, MA

Mailing Address: PO Box 2844, Nantucket, MA 02584

Phone: 508-825-CATS (2287)

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Nantucket Island Resorts Charity Brunch Recipients

March 31, 2015

The Nantucket Island Resorts Charity Brunch is Sunday,  April 19, 2015 at the Brant Point Grill.   All of us at The Community Foundation for Nantucket encourage you to attend.

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The event will honor two organizations that hold funds with us!

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 1.52.05 PMFriends of Our Island Home established a charitable fund through the Community Foundation for Nantucket.
Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 2.47.07 PMAcknowledging their two year anniversary in July, the FoOIH’s vision has always been to help reconnect Our Island Home residents with the Nantucket community and raise money with the mission of enhancing the daily lives of their residents.  Through donations of time, energy and money they support programs, education, materials, equipment and activities which would otherwise be unavailable.   Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 1.56.59 PM This year the Nantucket Star Program is also being invited to take part in the occasion.  They are an organization dedicated to providing activities and therapies to children with special needs. Their mission is to provide specialized, therapeutic, accessible recreation, and adaptive sports to children with a wide range of challenges and disabilities and to leave no child behind due to the degree of challenges, be it physical, mental, emotional, or neurological.  Nantucket Star has chosen to create an Organizational Fund with the Community Foundation in order to invest their Endowment/rainy day funds. Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 2.47.53 PM Both organizations have been invited to be recipients at the Nantucket Resorts Charity Brunch.   There is a suggested donation of $50 which will be given to the charity of your choice. Checks for FoOIH are made payable to CFN/Friends of Our Island Home and checks to The Nantucket Star Program should be made out to STAR!  In addition to the “ticket donation,” there will be envelopes available on the individual tables to make any additional donations for either charity.
 What a way to celebrate the spring season by honoring those that work so hard to make our Island a better place for all of its community members. Thank you on behalf of the Community Foundation for Nantucket and we will see you at brunch on April 19th!

Alliance For Substance Abuse Prevention – Nantucket

March 19, 2015
In December of 2014, the Community Foundation for Nantucket awarded grants through the  Nantucket Fund™ to 27 deserving Nantucket nonprofits.  Now in 2015, we are excited to feature and highlight these nonprofits and their amazing efforts.  We asked each recipient a series of questions that get to the heart of their organization and how it benefits our Island community. First up is a nonprofit that keeps us working together as a community to prevent and reduce substance abuse on Nantucket. 

It’s the A.S.A.P…

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1)    How does your nonprofit help the Nantucket community? The Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention provides education and resources for youth, caregivers and community on the issues of alcohol and substance abuse. Our goal is to reduce and/or eliminate substance abuse among youth and adult populations by creating a sustainable strategy that includes prevention, community coalition building and changing cultural norms. IMG_1725 2)        What does our Nantucket community mean to you and your nonprofit? The Nantucket community is very important to A.S.A.P. We are currently working on building a coalition of support for our mission by engaging all twelve sectors of the Nantucket community as well as individual businesses, groups and associations. A.S.A.P would like to see a community of healthy individuals who can provide positive role models for its youth.  Substance abuse and addiction are public health issues, which threaten the vitality of a community. IMG_1748 3)        Tell us a specific story of how your nonprofit has benefited someone in our Nantucket community.
A.S.A.P strives to reach a broad audience so it is difficult to tell a story concerning an individual. I can tell you however, that following the presentations that were given this year, one in October on opiate addiction and a recent presentation from Operation Parent, we received much positive feed back and comments and were asked if there would be more informative events in the future. 4)        In one sentence, tell us your thoughts on the Community Foundation for Nantucket and how you think it benefits the Nantucket community and all your efforts as a nonprofit. The Community Foundation for Nantucket is a valuable asset to our community at large as it provides funding for many important initiatives that otherwise would not come to fruition. 5)        Where did your grant dollars specifically go this year? This year was ASAP’s first funding experience with the Community Foundation for Nantucket. We used the funds to hire a speaker from an organization called Operation Parent to give two presentations to parents, caregivers and community members, on the issues of Social Media and Facts about Drugs and Alcohol. IMG_1737 6)        Any event dates for your nonprofit coming up in 2015? The Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention is helping to sponsor an event with the Nantucket Behavioral Health Task Force on March 28, 2015. It is a symposium featuring Dr. Amy Yule, an adolescent psychiatrist with the Addiction Management Recovery Services program with Partners Health. behavior We are also sponsoring a presentation with Ms. Ginger Katz from the Courage to Speak Foundation on heroin addiction and youth empowerment. She will present to community members on May 14th and to the middle school student population on May 15, 2015. For further information on the A.S.A.P, Contact: Holly McGowan or Carrie Keyes Email: Phone: 508-221-0392 and follow them on Facebook!

Thank you A.S.A.P. for keeping Nantucket healthy!


Nantucket Culinary Class Wins Competition!

March 6, 2015
Congratulations to the Culinary Arts Team at the Nantucket High School for winning the ProStart Invitational Competition on March 3, 2015 hosted at the Hill View Country Club in North Reading, Massachusetts.  The Community Foundation for Nantucket is honored to  hold two funds to support this program, and thrilled to see such great success come from it. culinaryclasswins The team, led by Tom Proch, is from left to right: Antoinette Beckford, Chelsea Clarkson and Abigail Lewis. They won first place out of eight teams at the Massachusetts State Competition. The ProStart Invitational introduces students to the hospitality field, from formulating business ideas to the culinary arts.  Student teams from across the county demonstrate their business acumen and culinary skill and the winning teams earn scholarships, honors and the opportunity to compete against the very best teams from other states at the National ProStart Invitational April 18-20, 2015 in Anaheim, California. photo-24 We chatted with Tom Proch, the new Culinary Arts instructor at the high school and former head chef at The Club Car, to get the scoop on this  second consecutive win for the Nantucket team. “The competition introduces students to the hospitality field and it is not easy,” says Tom.  ”The teams have to formulate a three course meal and all that it entails from the measurements to the cost.  Once we get to the competition, the girls are on their own with only 60 minutes and two small butane burners  to produce their menu.” The mouth watering three course menu was as follows: Appetizer – Sliced red and golden beets layered with dill goat cheese served with an arugula mix, white balsamic vinaigrette and candied walnuts. Entree – Pan Seared salmon with soy honey glaze, served with shitake mushroom risotto, butternut squash, yellow and green zucchini and brussel sprouts Dessert – Almond Bavarian with chocolate ganache, raspberry sauce, fresh kiwi topped with pulled sugar.  “The judges were so impressed with the girls’ positive energy, confidence, organization, and the fact that they were having fun during the stressful competition,” reported Tom. “These qualities and Antoinette’s precise filleting of the salmon in front of the judges really clinched the win for this team.” The team will now take the accolades of winning and the judges’ critiques to the national competition in April. photo-25 Tom shares, “I love the hospitality business!  My goal as an instructor is not to necessarily make professional chefs, but help the students be able to cook for their families and learn that life skill.  I enjoy sharing my stories and the places I have worked and the people I have cooked for.  The program and these competitions prove to these students that if they work hard they can accomplish their goals.”   We congratulate the team and Tom again for their win and wish them all the best at the national competition! Thank you for representing Nantucket so well with all you bring to the table!  

Enter to win our GIVEAWAY!

February 8, 2015
The Community Foundation for Nantucket connects people who care with causes that matter. 2015 is all about outreach for us!  We want to continue growing our audience, while at the same time helping Nantucket nonprofits spread the word on all their amazing efforts for our Island community!
We are having a GIVEAWAY on Facebook to generate some buzz!
Here’s how you enter the Giveaway:
SHARE  the Giveaway Post on your own
Facebook page urging others to like the page and share the post!
 You are then entered to WIN a
 (If you already purchased your Nantucket License Plate, you can still enter the Giveaway. A License Plate would make the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for a friend or family member.)
To be eligible, you must LIKE our Facebook page and share the post!
Giveaway runs from 2/8 – 2/15. Winner will be randomly chosen on Monday February 16th.
 It’s All About the Plates
Thank you for playing and GOOD LUCK!

One Book. One Island.

February 1, 2015
One Book One Island is a collaborative project of community partners and sponsors on Nantucket which seeks to promote reading, literacy and community by encouraging the entire population of Nantucket to read, discuss, and reflect on the same book. In addition, the project is designed to foster the importance of life-long learning for children and adults and to provide multiple opportunities for cultural enrichment in the community.  The first selection for 2015 is Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. Unknown Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, this astonishing story puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. Now a beloved classic, this page-turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject. Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.” Now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview and more, this is a classic of contemporary America. There will be seven days of related events from February 2- February 8.  For a full schedule, book discussion questions and places where you can pick up a copy of the book, visit the One Book. One Island. page at  


January 14, 2015


The Community Foundation for Nantucket is always looking for new ways to advocate, support, and convene for the more than 100 nonprofit organizations on our island.

 For the past two years, the Community Foundation has worked with several other nonprofits to look at Island-wide giving and donation trends, looking to see if legislative efforts could negatively impact our local charities.  Our Steering Committee has included representatives from the Atheneum, NHA, Maria Mitchell, NCF, access nantucket, Nantucket Public Schools, Boys & Girls Club and NCH.  Our hope in spearheading this new initiative is that Nantucket nonprofits will combine their voices in educating our community about the wonderful good works they do, and the challenges they face.

 As we begin 2015 and another year of philanthropy, we want to start by examining the current state of the nonprofit sector, not only on a national level, but also specific to Nantucket.  Nonprofit Finance Fund ( is conducting its seventh annual nationwide survey and we hope you will add your nonprofit’s voice to this collective action.

What is the Survey? 

  The survey, which is anonymous and takes about 10-15 minutes to fill out, collects data on challenges facing the nonprofit sector, as well as new and emerging trends. NFF’s Survey is one of the largest data-driven community organizing efforts in the social sector. We support the survey because NFF is committed to turning the survey results into action and making them available to everyone, through an online Survey Analyzer and other tools. Findings from NFF’s survey have been included in government testimony and policy recommendations, presented at dozens of conferences, and used to bring your challenges to life in new ways.

How does it work?

 Through the NFF, the Community Foundation has been given a dedicated survey data collection link for distribution to the nonprofit community on Nantucket.  Use of this dedicated survey link will take respondents to the comprehensive survey questions of NFF’s State of the Sector Survey, but will do so via a unique pathway that allows for those respondents’ data to be parsed separately from the broader set of national data. Data collection via the dedicated link will provide a window into the current dynamics and challenges that face the Nantucket nonprofit community as described by the nonprofit leaders themselves. This approach also allows for a comparison of local response data to that of national data to illustrate how the Nantucket nonprofit community’s self-reported environment is similar and/or different from nationally identified trends.

What are the benefits?

Here are just a few examples of how your Nantucket nonprofit and the Nantucket community  as a whole will benefit from your participation in this survey.
  • result in or offer increased collaboration among our island nonprofits
  • establish common grounds among similar nonprofits
  • offer statistics and information on the economic impact of our island sector
  • will allow us to assess the findings and improve upon our philanthropy tactics for the future

 How do I fill out the survey?

Please click on the link below to take the survey before it closes (in about a month). We encourage you to urge other Nantucket nonprofits to complete it as well. The more survey respondents, the more representative and useful the findings will be.

 NFF will analyze the results and distribute them to the community in early May.

 Thank you for all that you do.

Innovations in Improvised Music in the 20th Century

January 13, 2015


The Nantucket Community Music Center’s mission  is to enrich the cultural life of the island by fostering and supporting music education and performance opportunities for young people and adults.  The Community Foundation for Nantucket is excited to promote  this winter music course which meets every Tuesday starting January 13  through March 10 and culminating with a musical performance event on March 14th. The course is called “Innovations in Improvised Music in the 20th Century” and features instructor Nigel Goss. The class will explore the history of jazz and improvised music and focus on the development of sounds and style from pre-blues and folk, through ragtime, swing, big bands, bebop/cool jazz, and the rock and roll’s influence in the 1970′s.  The class is free to the public and meets from 10 -11 in the parlor at 56 Centre St. What a great chance for us islanders to learn the history and joy of music in our lives.

It’s All About The Plates!

January 12, 2015

The Nantucket specialty license plate is still available for pre-order here:

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When MassDOT receives 1,500 paid applications, the plates will go into production. After the first 1,500 plates are delivered, the specialty license plates will be made available at RMV locations across Massachusetts. Today, over 1,400 applications have been received.

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 The initial registration fee set by the state is $40, of which $12 goes to cover the state’s production cost of the plate and $28 returns to Nantucket. Note that this $28 is tax-deductible for the applicant. There is an additional one-time $20 swap fee charged by the state when applicants pick up their plate at their local RMV. A renewal fee set by the State of Massachusetts will be due every two years. For future renewals, the entire renewal fee will benefit Island non-profits.

 The Nantucket Lighthouse School originally agreed to serve as the principle non-profit sponsor, and has devoted hundreds of hours to the effort to make a Nantucket license plate a reality. In keeping with the School’s community-minded spirit, it has committed to donating 50% of net proceeds to other island non-profits that benefit children. This will be done through rewarding partners that bring in applications during the drive to reach 1,500 applications, and an independent fund administered by the Community Foundation for Nantucket.

 The License Plate Committee has invited other island non-profits to participate as “Partners” in the initial marketing effort and benefit directly once the 1,500 completed application threshold has been met. During the pre-production phase each Partner organization will receive, for each application they generate designating their organization as beneficiary, 100% of the non-profit proceeds ($28) returned to the Island from the initial registration fee. For those Partner organizations that bring in 75 applications or more, they will receive a pro-rata revenue stream so long as the program is in existence with the state.

We can do this Nantucket!

The Perfect Gift Idea

December 17, 2014


8 days until Christmas! Looking for the perfect last minute gift? Look no further then a Nantucket License Plate. Your license plate will help the community effort to benefit Nantucket’s children. Visit for more information because this Holiday, “It’s All About The Plates!” Love Nantucket? Put it on your car!