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.

Advisory Committee Meeting Summary 10/12/21

Advisory Committee Meeting Summary 10/22/20

Advisory Committee Update during COVID-19 Pandemic

Nantucket Nonprofit Leadership Conference

For the past two years the Community Foundation for Nantucket has held an annual Nantucket Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

Thanks to the vision and generosity of a CFN benefactor, the Foundation has been able to offer our Island nonprofit leadership teams and board members a full day workshop. Participants have been able to learn 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.

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