You Can't Play Hockey
in High Heels
Kristin O'Malley, President and CEO

Last winter, I became a new mom: a hockey mom. Every Tuesday and Friday I raced out of the office to pick up my 4-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter for practice at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center rink. To be honest, I looked totally out of place in full business attire and seriously hoped there would never be a parental duty requiring me to skitter across the ice in 3-inch high heels. The kids, however, were expertly outfitted. Somewhere under the helmets, jerseys, pants, socks, gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads and shin guards were 30 super-excited kids on skates wielding sticks. Scary? Somewhat. But every week they had the equipment--and the coaching--they needed to power up their game. And they did.
As I sat in that icy cold rink for 5 months watching the kids not just excel but thrive, I thought about our work at the Foundation, specifically our new Strategic Leadership Platform.  We've been moving towards a new way to help nonprofits expand capacity by giving them the resources and opportunities they need to positively impact life on Cape Cod. We're doing this through Civic Leadership (more about that next month) and strategic grantmaking.
Because the Foundation's purview is regional and all-inclusive, donors have entrusted us with funds to use at our discretion in 6 key areas.  We not only fund specific capacity-building requests from local nonprofits; we also actively look for opportunities to set into motion that wouldn't be possible without resources behind them.
For example, earlier this year, we awarded $48,500 in strategic grants to five local nonprofits with very different needs-everything from advanced technology to additional personnel. Why? Because you can't play hockey in high heels. You need the right equipment to build a winning team and execute a game plan. We gave these nonprofits the metaphorical elbow pads, shin guards and hockey sticks
they needed to power up important programs, services and collaborations. And that's a very powerful assist-on and off the ice.
There's power in numbers. Help us reinvent grantmaking--and make a greater impact on Cape Cod together--with your gift to The Community Fund today.


NEXT MONTH: What Princess Poppy Taught Me About Civic Leadership
LAST MONTH: Powering Up
We're moving.
With growth comes change.  One of the biggest changes in our future is our change of address. By the first of June, we'll be settled into our new offices on Whites Path in South Yarmouth.  Real Estate Developer Joe Keller of Keller Company, Inc. has completely renovated and subdivided the building (which once housed the Christmas Tree Shop administrative offices) with nonprofits in mind.  

Our new office suite gives us a much larger footprint.  However, thanks to Joe's generosity, our cost per square foot will be less than our current digs.  We will also have a larger conference room with enhanced technology and several smaller satellite rooms, allowing us to be more responsive to nonprofit groups who need access to meeting space.

Believe it or not, we've been at our current location for nineteen years.  We'll miss being at the end of the exit 7 ramp off Route 6, but our new location is just five miles away.  Watch for our Open House invitation soon.

Our New "HUB" Will Be:
The Cape Cod Foundation
261 Whites Path, Unit 2
South Yarmouth, MA


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