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. Our Advisory Committee of health care workers, educators, clergy, police, town officials, 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.

Nonprofit Housing Survey 2015

THE RESULTS ARE IN!! Thanks so much to the 47 nonprofit respondents who completed the recent Housing survey the Community Foundation sent to over 80 local nonprofits. We were very pleased that over 50% of our active charities participated in this exercise, and we were pleased to host an early morning gathering at the Nantucket Yacht Club on Wednesday, September 16th to hear the results from the survey. Complete survey results are below.

The Community Foundation is committed to convening as many groups as possible to discuss what many believe is the #1 priority for Nantucket, in hopes that many voices can lead to many possibilities for solutions.

Nonprofit Survey Results Summary (PDF)

Nonprofit Survey Results Detail (PDF)

State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey 2015

For the past several years, the 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 new initiatives 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 began 2015 and another year of philanthropy, we decided to start by examining the current state of the nonprofit sector, specific to Nantucket. With a very generous grants from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation and the Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation, and assistance from the Nantucket Historical Association, the Nantucket Atheneum and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Nonprofit Finance Fund ( conducted its seventh annual nationwide survey with a unique link for the responses from Nantucket nonprofits.

34 responses were received, and in June representatives from the NFF traveled to Nantucket and presented the results from the Nantucket-specific survey.  The full presentation is below, and the Foundation is hoping to spearhead the State of the Sector Survey for Nantucket again in 2016. 

Nantucket State of the Sector Final Presentation (PDF)


Group of kids working on an art project at a table.

“We love the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club and their Power Hour program because it allows our son Andrew to complete homework or read a book in a quiet, supervised atmosphere. Danny has been an important part of Andrew’s after school routine, helping him with any homework questions that he may have. Having the Power Hour program allows Andrew to complete his homework and then be able to participate in other club activities like sports or in the computer lab. The Power Hour program eliminates fighting over homework in the evening and allows us to have more family time.”

TJ and Jaimee Lavin on The Nantucket Fund Grant to the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club