CFN News

It’s Community Foundation Week 2017

This week is national Community Foundation Week.
Our work succeeds because people like you believe in building a strategic legacy that will impact future generations.  The Community Foundation for Nantucket is one of more than 800 community foundations in the United States. We are dedicated to growing philanthropy to meet the most critical needs of the people on our island, today and tomorrow.  The Community Foundation for Nantucket has three main functions: grant maker, community convener and charitable fund holder.

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Featuring the AAN’S “Healing through the Creative Process”

For the past three years, the Nantucket Fund has awarded grants to the Artists Association of Nantucket, for a program called “Healing through the Creative Process”. The classes offered through this program allow Nantucket artists to feel supported and encouraged as well as creates a space for healing. Since the first class in 2015, enrollment has exceeded expectations illustrating the fact that this collaboration between the Nantucket Fund and The Artists Association is making a difference on-island. Continue reading

Featuring 2017 Nantucket Scholarships

As we send our students back to school, we wanted to acknowledge our scholarship recipients. This year, the Community Foundation for Nantucket was proud to award 45,500 in scholarship funds to 20 local students pursuing higher education. We were thrilled to hear from some of our students who spoke of how these scholarship dollars will help them now and in their future endeavors. Continue reading

Featuring the Adaptive Water Sports Program with Community Sailing & Nantucket STAR

The Nantucket Fund™ awarded a grant in 2016 to Nantucket Community Sailing and Nantucket S.T.A.R. (Sports & Therapeutic Accessible Recreation) for therapeutic watersports lessons in a collaboration called the Adaptive WaterSports Program. The grant was used to provide watersports activities in 2017 on a weekly basis in July in addition to a full week of programming in August.

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Featuring The Food Pantry’s Fresh Produce Program

This year the Nantucket Fund™ grant dollars supported the Fresh Produce Program through the Nantucket Food Pantry. The program offers free access to fresh produce from local Nantucket farms to our neighbors who use the assistance of the Food Pantry.  Through partnerships with existing local farms and backyard gardeners, the Nantucket Food Pantry is able to offer more nutritious food choices, contributing to the overall health and wellness of our community.

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Featuring the 11th Annual Grant Recipient Breakfast

On July 11th, at the Nantucket Hotel, we held our annual Nantucket Fund™ Grant Recipient Breakfast. The event was sponsored by BNY Mellon Wealth Management. This year, we had the pleasure of awarding $160,475 to 22 nonprofit recipients.

Annually CFN convenes members of the Nantucket community to identify and discuss the most pressing current needs, a practice that allows our Grants Committee to be strategic in grant making around priorities set by our community. Here is where our grant dollars were directed this year.

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Featuring the Nantucket Science Festival

17425177_1289780721108738_6785513713914437660_nThe Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association and the Nantucket Community School hosted the Third Annual Nantucket Science Festival on March 18, 2017 at the Cyrus Pierce Middle School. The event was made possible in part by a grant from our  Nantucket Fund™. This fund is the Foundation’s unrestricted source to provide community grants to financially support and focus attention on the island’s most critical needs and initiatives.  The steady crowd at this year’s festival demonstrates an immense interest in science education within our community.   Continue reading