I'm a Mixmaster. Have been since the '80s. And lately, my "Country-Boy-Road-Warrior" mix is the only thing blasting through the car speakers: Life is a Highway, Every Mile a Memory, Red Dirt Road and Dirt Road Anthem. I know every skip, crackle, and pause on this well-used mix, because after a quick daily touch-down at the office, Willy and I are inevitably On the Road Again. And, by the time October rolls around every year, I'm feeling a lot like a Johnny Cash song: I've Been Everywhere.

While Foundation work hasn't taken me to Fond du Lac, Little Rock, or any of the other 91 places fired off in rapid succession in this name-dropping ditty, it has taken me all over the Cape for Road Warrior Recon, reconnaissance missions with the movers and shakers in the region.

This year, in preparation for a follow-up to our 2009 report "Understanding Cape Cod", we've shifted our meetings with industry experts into extra high gear. The original report compiled critical data about Cape Cod and profiled the "promising practices" that were addressing some of the community's most pressing needs at the time. Well, we all know a lot can change in a community in a decade. And, over the years, the Foundation has adopted new approaches to problem-solving as well. So, in celebration of our 30th anniversary, we've hit the road to meet with community and nonprofit leaders for another intensive look at today's challenges, promising practices, and hard-core data. The report, which will be released in early 2020, will guide our decision-making as funders and civic leaders and will also be available to the community as a resource and agent for change.  READ MORE  
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod recently awarded  The Cape Cod Foundation its 2019 Community Partner Award for our support of the organization's ReStores, solar energy program, and the upcoming home buildings in Falmouth. We are honored that our support has contributed to their success. Their work building affordable homes across the Cape is important and inspiring. 

Last month, the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP) launched Year 4 of its award-winning Core Certificate Program on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard through a unique funder collaborative. Seventeen funders, dedicated to strengthening the local nonprofit sector, have underwritten the costs of INP's nonprofit leadership development program, also offered in Greater Boston, the Merrimack Valley, and Rhode Island.  The 54 alumni from the past three Cape Cod and Islands cohorts continue to meet and collaborate. The new group consists of 24 leaders and managers from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations from Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard.  PRESS RELEASE

The Cape Cod Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Joshua A. Nickerson Society Award.  The annual award recognizes individuals for their civic leadership on Cape Cod.  To date, more than 30 local citizens who have made lasting contributions in the areas of conservation, arts, science, education, health, and democracy, have received this honorary award.

The Society was established in 1982 in memory of Joshua A. Nickerson II, who played an integral part in the development and preservation of many local institutions, such as the Cape Cod Hospital, Cape Playhouse, Cape Cod National Seashore, and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, where his father had been a founding member. 

Earlier this year, the Society became  a permanent program of The Cape Cod Foundation, which will use its experience and resources to champion Nickerson's legacy and promote the award within the community.  The Society's current trustees continue to serve as the Society's Advisory Council.  

The application deadline is Friday, November 15.     NOMINATION FORM
The Vision 2020 initiative is part of the Foundation's civic leadership strategy to make our community stronger. We are actively building discretionary funds to strategically and significantly impact two areas of the Cape: Youth Development and Nonprofit Organization Capacity-Building.  Our goal in funding capacity-building initiatives is to help  nonprofit organizations reach the next level of operational, programmatic, financial or organizational maturity. We also invest in nonprofit leadership development opportunities, partnerships with broad regional impact and projects that bring vital, shared resources to the nonprofit community. 

If you would like to be part of this vision, please contact: 
Kristin O'Malley, President and CEO 


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