Monthly Archives: January 2015

Nonprofits: COMPLETE THE NFF SURVEY BY FEB 18th!

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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 (nff.org) 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.

 http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/nff/2015-state-of-the-sector-survey/?collector=143892

 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

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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!

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

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 www.nantucketlicenseplate.org

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!