Monthly Archives: November 2014

Outstanding Volunteer Award

This past Wednesday (November 12th) was Philanthropy Day 2014 for the Cape & Islands.

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Nantucket’s very own Jill Roethke & Jim Pignato – co-chairs of the event: Swim Across America: Nantucket – have won the Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2014.

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“Jill and Jim represent the best of community activism and giving back to your community,” says Dr. Margot Hartmann, President and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital.  “Without the funding that was a direct result of Jill and Jim’s efforts, we simply would not be able to provide this advanced oncology care.”

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Charlene Thurston, Program Director for Nantucket Cottage Hospital, says, “We want to ‘Thank You’ Jill and Jim for everything you have done and for raising these funds for the benefit of these patients and families on the island who are dealing with this disease of cancer.”

For more information on Jill and Jim’s efforts, watch this short clip from Philanthropy Day:

Chasing Light Concert

For the second consecutive year, the Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) and the Nantucket Atheneum presented the concert Chasing Light: An Evening of Art and Music on Saturday, November 15th at the Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall.

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Three AAN artist members and musicians, Robert Head, Louis Guarnaccia and Grace Mulcahy, displayed and discussed their visual work and offered a twenty-minute set of music each.  Head is a long-time AAN artist member, AAN faculty member and plays guitar in a four-member band.

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Guarnaccia is an accomplished maritime painter, AAN artist member and instructor.  He also plays blues guitar and excels at martial arts.

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Mulcahy is a senior at Nantucket High School.  She has taken classes at AAN since she was six-years old and just recently became a junior artist member in ceramics.  She plays bass guitar in a band with three of her fellow high-school friends.

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“The concert highlights visual artists who are also musicians and enable a discussion of how the music inspires their artwork and vice versa,” said AAN director of public programs Liz Hunt O’Brien. “Our mission is to foster the visual arts on the island and we are thrilled to work with the Atheneum in providing a showcase for these artists/musicians and help to bring the Nantucket community closer to the local talent around us.”

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Thank you to the musicians and artists for sharing their talents with us all!

It’s Community Foundation Week!

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Throughout 2014, the Council on Foundations has undertaken a number of major initiatives to help build a second century of community philanthropy and build public awareness of the important role community foundations play in our society. This month, over 1,500 philanthropic leaders joined us for the 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations – a high point in the year long commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Cleveland Foundation. This week, we have an opportunity to continue recognizing the community foundations role in our society during the 25th Annual Community Foundation Week from November 12-18.

Community Foundation Week is an important opportunity to learn more about the value of place-based giving and perhaps peak interest in getting involved with your very own island foundation. For more information on community foundations , watch this short video.

Happy #CFWEEK #NANTUCKET!

Chasing Light Concert

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Artists Association of Nantucket and the Nantucket Atheneum co-host Chasing Light: An Evening of Art and Music

Concert at the Atheneum Great Hall on Saturday, November 15 featuring the art and music of Robert Head, Louis Guarnaccia and Grace Mulcahy.

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For the second consecutive year, the Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) and the Nantucket Atheneum are collaborating to present the concert Chasing Light: An Evening of Art and Music on Saturday, November 15, 7 p.m., at the Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall, 1 India Street. Admission is FREE.

Three AAN artist members and musicians, Robert Head, Louis Guarnaccia and Grace Mulcahy, will display and discuss their visual work and offer a twenty-minute set of music each.  Head is a long-time AAN artist member, AAN faculty member and plays guitar in a four-member band. Guarnaccia is an accomplished maritime painter, AAN artist member and instructor.  He also plays blues guitar and excels at martial arts.  Mulcahy is a senior at Nantucket High School.  She has taken classes at AAN since she was six-years old and just recently became a junior artist member in ceramics.  She plays bass guitar in a band with three of her fellow high-school friends.

“This evening will highlight visual artists who are also musicians and enable a discussion of how the music inspires their artwork and vice versa,” said AAN director of public programs Liz Hunt O’Brien. “Our mission is to foster the visual arts on the island and we are thrilled to work with the Atheneum in providing a showcase for these artists/musicians and help to bring the Nantucket community closer to the local talent around us.”

“Last year this concert brought a standing-room-only crowd and we hope lots of people will again join us to celebrate these three artists and their many talents,” said AAN executive director Cecil Barron Jensen.

This event is made possible through a generous grant from the Community Foundation for Nantucket.

Admission is free.

For further information about AAN 2014 programs and events, please visit the website atwww.nantucketarts.org or call 508-228-0722.

The Nantucket Fund™ Raffle Winners

The Community Foundation for Nantucket has started its annual Community Grants process through the Nantucket Fund™.  We received our last submission on October 22nd  and now begin on the road to choosing the recipients.  Each year, every applicant receives a visit from a member of our Grants Committee to discuss their application and any other information about their organization that the Foundation should know.

The money available for Community Grants through the Nantucket Fund™ come from restricted and unrestricted endowments, pledges and contributions from charitably-minded donors and organizations, and over 400 individuals.  The second annual Nantucket Fund™ raffle was even more successful this year.

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“I was so pleased that Nantucketers supported our raffle again this year, and we were able to add over $13,000 to the amount available for Community Grants.” said Marsha Reis Kotalac, Chair of the CFN Grants Committee.  “Our Board’s focus in 2014 was to double the Nantucket Fund™ to do twice the good, and we succeeded!”

Thank you to all of those who bought tickets and CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!

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If you are new to The Community Foundation for Nantucket: Welcome!

All Island 501c3 charities can apply for a grant. The Foundation encourages grant requests for projects and programs on Nantucket that are likely to have substantial impact on the quality of life in the Nantucket community.

The Foundation’s Grants Committee provides its expertise and objectivity in determining the most beneficial use for funds available for grant making based on an annual application process.  This year the Committee was assisted by a community needs roundtable that highlighted Nantucket’s most significant needs.  Housing, mental health and substance abuse, year round public transportation and after school care are just a few of the needs that the committee focused on.

On December 5, 2014  join us as we celebrate the selected charities  at The Annual Grant Recipient’s Breakfast hosted  this year at the Nantucket Hotel.

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