Community Convening

The Community Foundation places great value on community convening to be as strategic as possible when providing resources to Nantucket’s most pressing community needs. CFN meets weekly with leaders in the Behavioral Health sector to facilitate conversation and affect collaboration. In addition, our CFN Advisory Committee of community thought leaders including community members from health care, education, town government, Nantucket Public Schools, the Nantucket Police and Fire Departments, the media and others, meet throughout the year to identify and prioritize the Island’s most critical needs.

Members of the Advisory Committee are elected annually by the Board of Trustees. Members are updated on grant making and other activities of the Foundation so that they can help the general public develop an awareness of and involvement in the policies, purposes, objectives, and operations of the Foundation.

Nantucket Nonprofit Leadership Conference

In past years, the Community Foundation for Nantucket held an annual Nantucket Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

Thanks to the vision and generosity of a CFN benefactor, the Foundation has previously offered our Island nonprofit leadership teams and board members a full day workshop. Participants learned from experts in the field on topics that included Strategic Planning, Board Development, Outcomes Based Planning and Nonprofit Finances. Workshop presenters have included Bud Ris, Nanette Fridman, Brian Kellaway and David Orlinoff, Barbara O’Reilly, Ed Sluga, Alyssa Wright, and Sharna Goldseker.

Thanks to two generous CFN benefactors, we are thrilled to continue our mission to provide nonprofit leadership teams and board members the opportunity for coaching with experts in the field. For more information on current offerings and options, contact

2018 Conference summary

2019 Conference Summary



“As the principal of the the nominating committee for the Book Festival  I found this year’s Nantucket Nonprofit Leadership conference incredibly helpful and inspiring. We are now seeking new candidates and officers for the committee and found myself quoting one of the presenters, Ms. Fridman. She said “think about where your organization WANTS TO GO when you are looking for new board members”.  This quote and other lessons learned from the conference started a productive conversation at our last meeting.”

Annye Camara, Nantucket Book Foundation Trustee and Small Business Owner