Nantucket is an island rich in history, culture and community outreach. Over 100 nonprofit organizations address the needs of our community in all areas of concern, and we are proud to provide an alphabetical listing of these important mission-driven charities providing critical support to Nantucket.
A Safe Place
A Safe Place’s mission is to work to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault, and to empower every woman, man and child in the Nantucket community to live a life free from violence.
Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention
The A.S.A.P. mission is to provide leadership, education and support in the Nantucket community for the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, addiction, substance abuse, and related problems.
American Red Cross, Cape Cod & Islands Chapter
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Artists Association of Nantucket
The AAN sustains and enriches the visual arts on Nantucket. Established by a small group of island artists in 1945, the AAN continues to build on the success of its gallery and arts program, ensuring its essential place in the Nantucket community now and in the future.
Boston MedFlight commits to excellence in critical care transport by providing the highest-quality, regional, critical care transport system. For nearly three decades, unparalleled cooperation and collaboration between the Boston MedFlight consortium hospitals has created and supported a critical care transport system that benefits the entire region. Our focus is medicine, patient care, and providing the linkage between community facilities and tertiary facilities for the sickest patients.
Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character.
Bulgarian Education Center
Bulgarian Education Center is established in 2015 as an independent non-profit organization to provide locally classes to children with interests in learning Bulgarian language, culture, traditions, music, national Holidays and history. We additionally provide extracurricular dancing, singing and acting lessons to our students and organize show performances with Holiday themes.
CATTRAP’s mission is to lower Nantucket’s feral cat population through a humane trap, neuter, return, care, and educate program. We provide sanctuary for cats with special needs and find caring homes for socialized cats and kittens.
Children’s Theatre of Nantucket
Children’s Theatre of Nantucket and Faraway Stars Films are divisions of Faraway Stars Productions, Ltd., and are organized exclusively for the educational purpose of providing Nantucket Island residents and visitors a place to express themselves artistically through the performance arts.
Community Foundation for Nantucket
Community Foundation for Nantucket’s mission is to strengthen Nantucket now and for future generations through informed philanthropy and community leadership. In pursuit of this mission they act as:
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
Congregation Shirat Ha Yam
Services held at the Unitarian Church on Orange Street
Daughters of the American Revolution
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a lineage-based membership service organization for women who are directly descended from a person involved in the United States’ efforts towards independence. A non-profit group, they work to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
Egan Maritime Institute
The mission of Egan Maritime Institute is to inspire the appreciation and preservation of Nantucket’s maritime culture and sea-faring legacy.
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc.
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc. (ESCCI) is a private, not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to serving older adults in the twenty-two towns of Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket counties. They are the federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and the state designated Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) as well as the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium (ADRC) for our three county area.
Fairwinds – Nantucket’s Counseling Center
Fairwinds provides comprehensive licensed therapeutic support that fosters mental health through prevention, wellness education and addiction recovery services. Fairwinds serves Nantucket individuals and families, with over 30,000 mental health and substance abuse counseling appointments scheduled annually.
First Congregational Church in Nantucket
Church is located at 62 Centre Street
Foundation for Nantucket Cottage Hospital
The Nantucket Cottage Hospital Foundation was created to advance the mission and programs of the hospital and to secure its future for the next generation of Nantucketers. Working closely with volunteers, NCH staff, and the Board of Trustees, the Foundation encourages participation through fundraising, events, community outreach, and communications.
Friends of Nantucket Public Schools
FONPS is an organization of parents, teachers and community members whose purpose is to support and promote quality education for the children of Nantucket’s public schools.
Habitat for Humanity Nantucket
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Harvey Foundation, Inc.
The Harvey Foundation’s mission is to empower the pathfinders of education, athletics and community service here on Nantucket.
Health Imperatives’ Nantucket Family Planning
Health Imperatives – Nantucket is proud to provide high-quality, confidential, and affordable health and human services to island residents.
Homestead Inc. of Nantucket
The Homestead was founded in 1919 and is dedicated to providing older adults that choose a more simplified and carefree lifestyle with a comfortable, family-like environment.
Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services
Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services, part of HopeHealth, provides information, education and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their caregivers.
Hospital Thrift Shop
The Hospital Thrift Shop sells merchandise donated by island residents and visitors – anything from books to furniture to artwork – from late May through mid-October, and operates as a separate non-profit organization. With a small staff and a stalwart team of dedicated volunteers, The Thrift Shop remains a favorite for island residents and visitors both in terms of donations toward a worthy cause and as a shopping destination.
Since 1994, Housing Nantucket has been providing safe, affordable housing solutions to island residents. They are a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to create housing opportunities for the Nantucket community.
Inky Santa Toy Drive
Inky Santa’s Toy Drive, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance during the holiday season to children of families in the Nantucket community.
The LaLeche League of Nantucket is a member of LaLeche Leauge International, which is worldwide, nonprofit, nonsecretarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.
Landmark House is a senior low income housing apartment subsidized by the federal governments HUD (Housing and Urban Development Division).
Linda Loring Nature Foundation
The mission of The Linda Loring Nature Foundation is to improve the understanding and appreciation of Nantucket’s fragile flora, fauna, and wildlife by providing education, information, and support to children, educators, researchers, organizations, and individuals.
Little League Baseball
The mission of Nantucket Little League is to promote healthy physical activity through the games of baseball and softball, focusing on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a safe environment.
Maria Mitchell Association
The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is Nantucket’s science center featuring two observatories, an aquarium, a natural history museum, and the Maria Mitchell House museum. The mission of the science and history-based education, preservation and research institution is to promote the legacy of Maria Mitchell and exploration, education and enjoyment of Nantucket’s land, waters, and skies beyond.
Montessori Children’s House of Nantucket
The mission of The Montessori Children’s House of Nantucket (aka, The Children’s House)is to prepare children for a life of learning by nurturing and fostering each child’s academic, social, creative and emotional development.
www.musack.org Meg Ruley 508.228.1398
MUSACK was founded by writer-producer Donick Cary with a simple vision; raise some dough to fund musical programs for his hometown high school on Nantucket Island. MUSACK’s mission is to provide a space where kids can tell their stories through music and feel empowered. Our vision is to create a generation of creative and entrepreneurial geniuses who will go on to found the next Pandora, Netflix, or Apple…Or maybe become the modern day Jimi Hendrix.
Nantucket Arts Council
To insure that all art disciplines–Music and Dance, Literature and Theater, Film and Visual Arts– are supported and available on Nantucket. To accomplish this mission, the NAC raises funds to produce events in all disciplines, makes grants to other arts organizations, produces the annual Nantucket Arts Festival, and supports students in the arts through scholarships.
The Nantucket Atheneum provides public library service to the island’s residents and serves as a cultural and educational center for the Nantucket Community.
Nantucket Autism Speaks Resource Center
The goal of the Nantucket Autism Speaks Resource Center is to lessen the isolation of families of individuals with any disability, not limited to autism, and to improve the quality of their lives.
Nantucket Book Foundation
The Nantucket Book Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded to celebrate and promote the joys and rewards of reading, writing, and literacy. The organization endeavors to partner with other non-profits, publications, media, businesses, schools, underwriters and individuals to present an annual quality program that honors national, regional and local authors and the rich culture of the written word, ideas, and the imagination.
Nantucket Boosters Club
Founded in the early 1960’s, the Nantucket Booster Club has a rich history of providing financial assistance to the Nantucket high school athletic department and our student athletes.
Nantucket Boys and Girls Club
To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Nantucket Center for Elder Affairs – Saltmarsh Center
The Nantucket Center for Elder Affairs is the non-profit corporation which fundraises for the facility and program needs at the Saltmarsh Senior Center, located at 81 Washington Street Ext.
Nantucket Civic League
The Nantucket Civic League, founded in 1903, is an island-wide, non-profit community organization that represents 24 neighborhood associations. The mission of the Civic League is to promote the general welfare of Nantucket through informed citizen participation in community affairs.
Nantucket Comedy Festival
The Nantucket Comedy Festival (NCF) was founded as a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for local Nantucket charities as well as the support of performance art programs.
Nantucket Community Sailing
The mission of Nantucket Community Sailing is to engage people of all ages in the joy of sailing, offering access to all Nantucket’s youth, and teaching every participant in our programs enduring life and leadership skills, with a deep respect for the marine environment.
Nantucket Community Television
Nantucket Community Television is a community television station committed to public access, education, and local government. NCTV provides all of the resources and training necessary for Nantucketers to produce their own video content.
Nantucket Conservation Foundation
The mission of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation is to assist in the preservation of Nantucket’s character by permanently conserving, maintaining and managing natural areas and habitats and to encourage an appreciation of and interest in the island’s natural resources.
Nantucket Council on Aging
The Town of Nantucket’s Council on Aging acts on behalf of elderly residents on Nantucket, 60 years and over. The Council’s focus is to provide programs, activities, information and volunteer opportunities that enhance the quality of life for our senior citizens.
Nantucket Disc Golf
Nantucket Disc Golf provides healthy and family-friendly recreational alternative to youth and adults on the Island through the establishment and maintenance of a disc golf course in the State Forest.
Nantucket Dolphins Swim Team Boosters
The Nantucket Dolphins Swim Team Booster Club (Dolphins Booster Club) provides financial and volunteer support to the Nantucket Dolphins Swim Team.
The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation is dedicated to enriching the cultural and intellectual life of Nantucket by providing year-round films, educational programs, and a venue for activities that engage Nantucket in the evolving world of digital entertainment and education in one of America’s oldest theaters.
Nantucket Education Trust
Founded in 1992, the Nantucket Education Trust (NET) is a non-profit community organization. NET’s mission is three-fold: to generate private support for public education on Nantucket; to foster private and public partnerships that benefit the children of Nantucket Public Schools; and to honor excellence in teaching and learning.
Nantucket Film Foundation
The Nantucket Film Festival is held annually for five days in late June. The festival emphasizes the art of screenwriting and selects its films based on high quality storytelling.
Nantucket Flying Association
Formed in 2004, the Nantucket Flying Association is the focal point for all things aviation related on Nantucket Island.
Nantucket Food, Fuel, and Rental Assistance
In keeping with the philosophy of our parent organization, the Nantucket Interfaith Council, the mission of the NFFRA is to assist residents who face a period of financial insecurity and cannot otherwise provide food or shelter or heat for themselves and their families.
Nantucket Garden Club
The purpose of the Nantucket Garden Club shall be to promote better knowledge and love of gardening, plants, flowers, and horticulture, contribute to the beauty of Nantucket, and support conservation initiatives that protect the island’s fragile and historic environment.
Nantucket Historical Association
The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket Island and fosters appreciation of its historic significance.
Nantucket Hunting Association
The Nantucket Hunting Association is a dues and donation-funded, 501c3 nonprofit corporation with a mission to preserve the traditions of ethical hunting and to maintain the balance of Nantucket’s wildlife resources. Founded in 1997, the association has members residing in 7 states. Association programs include Hunter Safety Education Courses given on Nantucket.
Nantucket Ice Company, Inc.
Nantucket Ice is a year- round non-profit ice skating facility. Programs offered include Public Skating, Learn to Skate Classes, After School Skating, Youth Hockey, Figure Skating, Synchronized Skating, Summer Clinics, School and Other Group Use, Family Skating Activities, Adult Hockey Leagues, and Special Events. Hockey and figure skate rentals are available. There is a restaurant and pro shop on the premises.
Nantucket Island School of Design
NISDA’s Artist Residency Community welcomes emerging and professional artists and educators in all fields including, but not limited to, the studio arts in photography, painting, ceramics, textiles, sculptural site installations as well as, writing, music, performance and any alternative projects committed to the creative process.
Nantucket Land Council
The Nantucket Land Council is a watch-dog environmental group which holds conservation restrictions, commissions scientific research, monitors development, engages in legal proceedings, and educates the public on local environmental issues.
Nantucket Lighthouse School
The Nantucket Lighthouse School, an independent day school serving children preschool through 8th grade, is comprised of nearly 100 students spread over two campuses, a primary schoolhouse at Rugged Road and a Downtown Campus at St. Paul’s.
Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum proves a permanent home for an exhibit of lightship baskets, both historic and contemporary, the museum exhibits, documents and interprets a wide range of lightship baskets from the earliest forms created in the early to mid-1800s to the present day creations.
Nantucket Music Center
For more than forty years, the Nantucket Music Center’s roster of highly qualified, dedicated instructors and our year-round programs cultivating music instruction and appreciation have created a strong musical environment on Nantucket, one that crosses age, ethnic, social, and economic differences.
Nantucket Musical Arts Society
The Nantucket Musical Arts Society was founded in 1959 to present world-class classical musicians to the Nantucket community on Tuesdays in July and August.
Nantucket New School
Nantucket New School is a co-educational day school serving students in pre-school through grade eight. Within a family-centered school community, our program encourages academic excellence, respects the pace of childhood, and seeks to instill in our students curiosity, creativity, kindness and a lifelong love of learning.
Nantucket Preservation Trust
Serving as an advocate for Nantucket Island’s historic architectural exteriors and interiors, offering technical preservation assistance and a broad range of year-round programs that promote the unique national significance of our historic structures.
Nantucket Project Academy
TNP Academy, we accelerate the creation and distribution of ideas that will benefit the lives of others. We do this by investing in leaders, communities and media.
Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals
The mission of Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals, Inc. (NSHA), is to advocate for animal welfare and provide shelter and care for stray, homeless, unwanted or abandoned animals until they are adopted into responsible, lifelong homes.
Nantucket Shellfish Association
The Nantucket Shellfish Association (“NSA”) was established in 2003 to encourage research and education for the conservation and enhancement of the populations of bay scallops and other shellfish in the waters of the Nantucket Islands and to assure prudent commercial and recreational harvesting of shellfish in support of a diversified economic base for the Nantucket community.
Nantucket Skating Club
Nantucket Skating Club aims to provide affordable, healthy, safe skating experiences for children, youth and adults through skating programs and events on Nantucket Ice.
Nantucket Soccer Club
The Nantucket Soccer Club strives to develop, deliver and foster quality soccer programs based on the philosophy of age appropriate athletic development. Our objective is to create an environment where fun is found through participation, provide programs that encourage positive attitudes and develop athletes physically, socially and emotionally.
Nantucket Sports & Therapeutic Accessible Recreation
STAR’s mission is to provide specialized, therapeutic, accessible recreation, and adaptive sports to children with a wide range of challenges and disabilities.
Nantucket Student Lacrosse
Nantucket Triathalon Club
The Nantucket Triathlon Club serves athletes of all ages and abilities, enabling them to achieve their athletic goals in a supportive and fun environment while also providing members with opportunities for training, education and community outreach.
Nantucket United Methodist Church
Church is located at 2 Centre Street.
Nantucket Youth Hockey
The Nantucket Nor’Easters youth hockey teams are based out of the Christopher Nugent Bovers Community Ice Rink, located on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
New Life Ministries International, Nantucket
New Life Ministries International (NLMI) is a nondenominational church whose principles are established in Christ as they are revealed in the Bible.
On the Isle
On the Isle is the living legacy of the ‘Sconset Actors’ Colony. OTI produces plays, musical theater, children’s performances, and theatrical events drawing from the vast pool of local talent of all ages.
Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket
Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket is a specialized health care program dedicated to providing excellent physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care for persons with life-threatening illness and their families.
Sankaty Head Foundation
June - August: 508-257-6297 Sept - May: 508-228-1300
The Sankaty Head Foundation’s mission is to support the Sankary Heady Caddy Camp. The Camp is home each summer to 60 caddies and staff members. Campers live in a structured, disciplined camp environment and spend part of each day caddying for members of the Sankaty Head Golf Club.
Save Our Waterfront
The ‘Sconset Trust strives to preserve the unique character of the east end of Nantucket Island through conservation of areas of open land and preservation of structures of historical and architectural significance in ‘Sconset.
Siasconset Union Chapel
The Siasconset Union Chapel was built in 1883 as an ecumenical “House of Worship” and has hosted Protestant and Roman Catholic services for many years since.
Small Friends on Nantucket
Small Friends on Nantucket seeks to enhance the quality of life for families and meet the needs of working parents by providing the highest quality early education and care for the children of Nantucket year-round.
St. Mary’s, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church
Church is located on Federal Street
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Nantucket
Church is located on Fair Street.
Summer Street Church
Church is located on Summer Street
Sustainable Nantucket (SN) is cultivating a healthy Nantucket by building a more self-reliant and locally-based food system, which in turn means a stronger island economy.
Swim Across America – Nantucket
Swim Across America began as a relay swim from Nantucket to Hyannis in the 1980s and has evolved to 17 open water swims and dozens of pool swims around the country to raise money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment. All of the net proceeds from the Nantucket Swim support the Nantucket Cottage Hospital (NCH) Oncology Program and Palliative & Support Care of Nantucket (PASCON).
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket is a year-round theatre dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Nantucket.
Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is a non-profit land conservation and historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving natural and historical places in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Tuckernuck Land Trust
The Tuckernuck Land Trust preserves land and promotes stewardship and education in order to conserve Tuckernuck Island’s rare natural communities and unique coastal ecology.
Two Center Street Restoration Project
Two Centre Street Restoration Project Inc. is a nondenominational effort committed to preserving the historic United Methodist Church building.
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House
Church is located on Orange Street.
White Heron Theatre Company
The White Heron Theatre Company produces transformative, professional productions of classical and contemporary plays and creates innovative educational experiences based on that work.