Our History

The Community Foundation for Nantucket was founded by a group of local residents who identified the need for an organization to support and enrich the quality of life for Nantucket’s growing community. These Founders were Peggy Gifford, Wade Green, Reggie Levine, Eileen McGrath, John Miller, Nancy Nelson, Richard Oman, Les Ottinger, and Clarissa Porter. Some of the founders had worked closely with other community foundations and knew their value. Some had first-hand experience with Nantucket’s nonprofits. Some were acutely aware of the needs of the local community. All of them cared deeply about Nantucket.

Our Mission

Our mission is to strengthen Nantucket now and for future generations through informed philanthropy and community leadership.

In pursuit of this mission we act as a:

Steward – by creating and managing funds to ensure a legacy for charitable solutions

Grant Maker – by awarding grants through the Nantucket Fund™ and donor-directed funds that respond to pressing needs

Charitable Resource – by maintaining in-depth knowledge of the non-profit sector, and by providing resources for donors, non-profits, and the community

Catalyst – by mobilizing community leadership to affect collaborative solutions for Nantucket’s most critical issues

Our Vision

We see a Nantucket where everyone—equally and inclusively—

  • has a place to call home,
  • has support when coping with personal struggles,
  • knows their children are safe and active during the work day,
  • can rely on year-round, affordable public transportation,
  • and may age gracefully with trust in the services they need and deserve.