Community Foundation

CFN 10th Anniversary Celebration!

July 21, 2015

Last month, The Community Foundation for Nantucket  celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the beautiful home of Karl & Sue Ottison.  read more>

2015 Scholarship Recipients

July 15, 2015
We are pleased to announce the 2015 Recipients of Scholarships held by the Community Foundation for Nantucket. CFN was honored to award $46, 500 to 19 deserving students this year. schoalrship read more>

The NHA’s “Our Nantucket” Series – Bulgaria

June 16, 2015
The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) held its second installment of Our Nantucket, a new community diversity series at the Whaling Museum,  on Sunday, May 17, 2015. NHA Bulgarian Night_1 Focused on the rich and varied cultures that make up the island community, each “Our Nantucket” program will celebrate a different country while highlighting some of the many cultures of today’s Nantucketers. Last month, the NHA celebrated the country of Bulgaria with an evening of food, song, dance, and more.  We here at the Community Foundation for Nantucket are happy to support the great cause of celebrating different cultures here on Nantucket. read more>

Linda Loring Story Walk

June 4, 2015
Screen shot 2015-06-04 at 8.59.00 AM One group starting otu Last Saturday was the opening reception of The Linda Loring Nature Foundation’s latest Story Walk. Inspired by nature at the LLNF, the story was co-created by the Nantucket New School 1st and 7th grades with guidance from LLNF and support from the Community Foundation for Nantucket.  read more>

Swim Across America – Nantucket

May 11, 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 third nonprofit makes waves to fight cancer! It’s Swim Across America-Nantucket - and we helped!

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N Magazine features CFNAN

April 28, 2015
Thank you to N Magazine for the amazing article and insight on what the Community Foundation for Nantucket offers its Islanders.  To read more of N’s recent stories, head on over to their new website at and also sign up for their weekly NBlasts.


Written By: Robert Cocuzzo | Photography By: Kit Noble

 As you read this, there’s a father sitting at his kitchen table trying to decide between buying groceries and paying his rent. There’s a single mother sharing a bedroom with her teenage son in a small house where they live with five other families. There’s a little boy living in a car with his parents so that he can continue to attend a good school in a safe neighborhood. What do all these people have in common? They all live on Nantucket. It’s hard to believe and maybe even harder to hear, but on this slice of heaven there are families suffering through a very real personal hell. Hidden from the public eye, folks are struggling to get by day-to-day on Nantucket. Even with the best intentions, recognizing the greatest needs of the community can be difficult. That is where the Community Foundation for Nantucket comes in: “There are so many nonprofits on Nantucket and it’s very hard for all the donors to know where the money is needed, so what we can do is centralize that,” explained Jeanne Miller, the Community Foundation’s project manager. “We take away the questions of who needs it most and how to decide where donors should put the funds that they want to give to Nantucket.” The Community Foundation is not programmatic; it doesn’t provide direct services to citizens. Instead, it serves as a fund holder, “connecting people who care with causes that matter,” as the organization’s executive director Margaretta Andrews put it. “We support Nantucket through our nonprofits by providing direct grants, by providing educational opportunities, and really by providing anything that can be helpful in their missions,” she said. The Community Foundation manages seventy-seven different funds, and just last year, they surpassed the $1 million mark in grants to local nonprofits. “They know the community. They know all the nonprofits. They know what everyone’s doing and where the need is,” said Janis Carreiro of the Rental Assistance Program on Nantucket, which helps island residents pay their rent in times of crisis. Janis’s clients range from low-income families trying to make ends meet in the slow times of winter to residents who can normally pay their rent but have been derailed by unexpected illness or family crisis. Janis’s clients are the workers who keep the island ticking, from landscapers to waiters to bank tellers. “There is virtually no year-round rental housing on this island right now,” she explained. “And what is available comes at a premium. The rents are going up and the wages are not.” As a consequence, Janis is busier than ever. “As a small nonprofit, I am so grateful that the Community Foundation is here,” Janis said. “In one simple application, I am able to spend a small amount of time and know that they are able to get to a base of donors that I will never be able to get to.” The Community Foundation developed the Nantucket Fund to directly serve nonprofits like the Rental Assistance Program that operate in the human services sector. “We try to provide a vehicle through the Nantucket Fund where donors can support these areas where there is a huge need, without having to pick and choose, without having to say one nonprofit is more important than another,” Margaretta Andrews explained. “Because we do the due diligence for them, they can know that those dollars that they are giving to the Nantucket Fund are being used very strategically and really making an impact.” From the nonprofits’ perspective, the Community Foundation not only provides them with critical funding, but also creates a network for them to collaborate. For instance, when Community Sailing was given a grant four year ago by the Community Foundation, they discovered that there were other nonprofits that they could be serving as well. “They saw very clearly how their program for sailing could be used, not just for kids, but for respite for caregivers, for some of our most at risk and at need people on the island, for kids who are challenged and their siblings, and for our elderly,” Margaretta explained. Had the Community Foundation not joined them all in a room together, this collaboration might have never occurred. “They’re a big part of the collaborative spirit of the nonprofits here because they’re the central hub of service,” said Anne Marie Bellvance, the executive director of the Food Pantry. “I find that elsewhere, nonprofits work in their silos and are very private and very closed. The Community Foundation creates a very open environment. We can work together and help each other out, because many of us are serving the same families.” Last March, Anne Marie and the Food Pantry gave out more than 1,200 bags of groceries to 352 families on Nantucket. While generous donations from Stop & Shop, Bartlett’s Farm, Moors End Farm and Something Natural help keep the food bank stocked, the nonprofit still depends desperately on fundraising. The grant the Food Pantry received from the Community Foundation last year will help ensure that its clients will have access to fresh produce from local farms. “The grant we received from them was one of our largest grants,” Anne Marie explained. “The Community Foundation is one of the angels of the island.” One only needs to attend the Community Foundation’s annual grant awards breakfast to witness the powerful impact the organization has on Nantucket’s nonprofits. One after another, representatives from twenty-seven nonprofits take the stage to receive their grants. They’re each given two minutes at the microphone to express their gratitude and explain how the grant will help them continue on their mission. But, when people’s lives can literally be saved by the Community Foundation’s help, words cannot fully describe the impact that it has.

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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!