I've always loved the expression, "Where the rubber meets the road." Until recently, I had no idea how or when that phrase slipped into my lexicon or where it originated. So, I did what all curious minds do. I googled it.  Surprise. The idiom trail leads back to the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and a TV commercial jingle from the mid-1960s. 

Wherever wheels are turning,
No matter what the load,
The name that's known is Firestone,
Where the rubber meets the road...

Double surprise. My grandfather, Pepe, was an engineer with Firestone in Fall River. Ok, so I discovered the subliminal source, but I really wasn't expecting a literal definition. After a little more googling, I found the metaphorical meaning: the point at which a theory or idea is put to a practical test; where the real work happens. And that's the definition I know and love. At that point in an organization--where the rubber meets the road--we're not talking theoretically anymore. We're in the car, shifting into drive, and accelerating.  READ MORE
The Foundation has joined forces with the Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), the region's leading provider of affordable housing and homelessness prevention services, to establish and manage the Housing Legacy Fund.  

Each year, HAC serves more than 5,000 low- to moderate-income residents across Cape Cod and the Islands.  Its programs and services focus on the areas of homelessness prevention, housing stabilization and consumer education & advocacy. In total, HAC has helped more than 170,000 people since its founding in 1974. 

"The Housing Legacy Fund is a great way for donors to invest in the long-term sustainability of HAC and the future of affordable housing in the region," said HAC CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi.  PRESS RELEASE

We're not known for throwing parties. Yet, every year we insist upon one: our Annual Non-Event. It's the ultimate unparty. Un conventional. Un pretentious. Uncomplicated. Seriously, it's  un like any party you'll ever attend because it doesn't really exist. That being said, it's not un necessary or un important. This unorthodox event helps us raise un
restricted funds to support the unbelievable nonprofit organizations in our community.

Here's how it works. You buy a ticket-two, three or more! Then, you never show up. Just do whatever you want. Tell everyone you had an unforgettable time at this irreverent event, and we'll be ever-so grateful for your unwavering support.

All proceeds support The Cape Cod Foundation's Civic Leadership Initiatives to power up local nonprofit organizations. In addition to strategic grantmaking, we are investing in nonprofit education and leadership development opportunities, partnerships with broad regional impact, and projects that bring vital, shared resources to our nonprofit community.

PS.  Even a virtual party needs a good party game.  Click here    to see how you can switch up this social undertaking.
The Cape Cod Foundation actively builds discretionary funds to help local 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. This initiative is part of our civic leadership strategy,  Cape Cod 2020: A New Vision for our Community, to make our community stronger. The Foundation intends to raise an additional $1 million dollars by 2020 to support capacity-building projects and programs and initiatives that promote Youth Development across Cape Cod every year...and for years to come. 

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


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