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General Discretionary Fund

This unrestricted fund supports projects and programs addressing important Island issues and concerns and, to a limited extent, capital investments.

Island Fund for the Arts

The Island Fund for the Arts is dedicated to supporting the creative and diverse artistic community on the Vineyard, and to ensure that access to the Arts is available to all Island residents.

Since 1983, the Foundation has supported Island non-profits and initiatives dedicated to music, dance, visual arts, creative arts, film and theater, as well as art camps, arts in school initiatives, writing workshops, film and art festivals and concerts.

This Fund provides a way for donors to direct their support across the broad spectrum of non-profits bringing creative opportunities to the Island now and in perpetuity.

Island Fund for the Environment

The Island Fund for the Environment supports all aspects of the Island’s natural world, from woods and fields to our ponds, streams and ocean.

From its first grant award cycle in 1983, the Foundation has been supporting the Environment.  We have made grants for land conservation, hiking and biking trials, shellfish research, our marine and coastal habitats, environmental education, citizen scientists, wildlife research, aquaculture and fisheries management.

This fund will provide support to the Island’s land, fish, birds and animals, as well as to help ensure that the Island’s residents have access to the natural world in perpetuity.

Island Fund for the Community

The Island Fund for the Community supports a thriving, diverse and cultural community.

One of the many special characteristics of Martha’s Vineyard is the breadth of its community resources.  Libraries and museums, schools and pre-schools, housing assistance, EMT’s, fire departments, sports teams and venues, animal shelters, adult education, mediation, town parks, summer camps, lighthouse moves and red-stocking fund, the Foundation has supported them all.

This Fund will continue to ensure that the many island organizations that make our community strong and enriching will be supported in perpetuity.

Island Fund for Health

The Island Fund for Health supports the health and well-being of our Island residents.

From its beginning in 1983, the Foundation has contributed to many of the organizations that are dedicated to keeping our island residents healthy.  This includes organizations and programs that address our physical health, mental health, elder services, meal delivery, addiction and recovery services, aging in the home, nursing facilities and our island hospital.  A complete list of organizations the Endowment has supported that are dedicated to health can be found here.

This fund provides a way for donors to direct their support in perpetuity to the organizations that contribute to the health care needs of our Island residents.

Ruth J. Bogan - Ruth Redding Memorial Fund

Ruth Redding, a long time Island resident, created this fund to honor the creative spirit and love of Martha’s Vineyard of her friend, Ruth J. Bogan.  Funds are designated to a number of Island organizations supported by Ruth Bogan during her lifetime.  In addition, the annual Creative Living Award was established in the name of the fund to honor an individual or individuals who exemplify Ruth Bogan’s creativity and love of the Vineyard and whose artistic, humanitarian and civic accomplishments have contributed significantly to life on the Island.

James P. Cahen Fund

This fund was created for the purpose of “defraying expenses of equipping and staffing medical, surgical or health care service providers, including preventive health care” serving the residents of Martha’s Vineyard, with priority given to low income families and individuals.

Chappaquiddick Community Center Fund

This endowed fund will provide annual support to the Chappaquiddick Community Center (CCC) for operating expenses and capital improvements, or other projects for the benefit of the Chappaquiddick community that are duly approved by the CCC board of directors.

Chappy Point to Point

The Chappy Point to Point is a five mile road race on Chappaquiddick.  Proceeds from the race will be used to support non-profit community initiatives to benefit the residents and environment of Chappaquiddick.

Climate Action Fund

The Climate Action Fund has been established to provide the required local match for grants which address climate adaptation and mitigation.  There are numerous grants available that provide valuable resources to research, plan and implement climate mitigation and adaptation plans.  These grants require the community to provide matching funds.  The Climate Action Fund will serve to be sure the Island benefits from these grant opportunities.

Coalition to Create the Martha's Vineyard Housing Bank

The Coalition is working to establish a MV Housing Bank modeled largely after the MV Land Bank.

With median Vineyard real estate sales exceeding $1m, it is becoming harder than ever for working people to afford stable housing.  The affordable housing crisis that has been with us for several decade is intensifying.

The coalition is comprised of broad community representation.  It’s role is to listen, educate and build Island-wide support for this initiative.

Please email for further information or to join the coalition.

Emergency Rental Relief Fund

The Emergency Rental Relief Fund is a collaboration between the Foundation and the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority to assist renters who are unable to meet their rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications for rental assistance may be found on the DCRHA website – or here.

Katherine Harding Deeble Memorial

Created by bequest of W.H. ‘Riley’ Deeble in honor of his mother, this Fund supports the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in a manner consistent with the support given by the former Friends of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Alfred F. Ferro and Edward S. Redstone Fund for the Elderly of Tisbury

This fund was established in 1986 for the benefit of the elderly residents of the town of Tisbury.

Friends of M.F. Correllus State Forest

In collaboration with the Division of Conservation and Recreation, the Friends will work to enhance and preserve the natural resources of the Forest’s sandplain ecosystem while accommodating compatible recreational uses.

The Friends propose to further the appropriate management of the Forest’s sandplain ecosystem by providing support for the maintenance of existing fire break lanes in order to reduce the growing risk of wildfire within and beyond the Forest perimeter.  In so doing, the management goal is to increase the vast potential for habitat for dormant fire-adapted plant species currently dominated by other vegetation types.

Additionally, the Friends will work to enhance opportunities for existing and future appropriate recreational uses, such as horse back riding, cross-country skiing, frisbee golf, hiking, model airplanes, and other non-invasive activities, compatible with good resource management.

Bob Woodruff would be happy to discuss this further.  He can be reached at

Harriet N. Goldberg Fund

Harriet N. Goldberg, who was raised on Martha’s Vineyard, bequeathed a portion of her estate to address the physical and spiritual needs of the Island’s commercial seafarers and those who make their living on the sea,  as well as individuals pursuing educational programs in preparation for commercial maritime careers.  The fund, originally associated with the Boston Seaman’s Friend Society, was transferred to the Community Foundation in 2006 to insure that members of the Vineyard maritime community would continue to benefit from the financial support of the Goldberg Fund.

The Land Protection Fund for Martha's Vineyard

The goal of The Land Protection Fund for Martha’s Vineyard is to protect the Island’s land and to preserve its natural beauty.  Overdevelopment is an unrelenting threat to the Island as it diminishes its natural landscapes, fragments our forests and farms, and impacts our streams and ponds.  The Land Protection Fund conserves land by traditional means such as purchasing undeveloped land outright in collaboration with Island conservation organizations, as well as supports creative initiatives such as the Village and Wilderness Program which purchases life estates on developed land for future conservation and/or resident housing.

This fund welcomes contributions from all who wish to contribute to Land Protection.

Lillian Hellman Recreational Fund

Established in 2009 through a bequest from the estate of Lillian Hellman, this fund supports recreational, leisure and educational activities for school age children on Martha’s Vineyard both after school and during the summer months.  Preference is given to programs serving children from Aquinnah.

Island Clergy Emergency Homeless Fund

The purpose of this Fund is to serve the immediate, short-term needs of those without immediate housing and those facing imminent loss of housing on Martha’s Vineyard.

Island Tick-Borne Illness Prevention Fund

The goal of theTick-Borne Illness Prevention program is to reduce the incidence of tick-borne illnesses on Martha’s Vineyard.  To achieve this goal, the program combines research, public education and advocacy for individuals and the Island community at large.  To learn more, click here.

The Joy Fund (Grants and Scholarships)

In 2015, Sarah Flanders and her sister, Genevieve, established The Joy Fund to honor their mother, Joyanne Flanders, an extraordinary teacher of Special Education. This hybrid scholarship and grant fund funds scholarships for special needs students on the Island, and those seeking advancement in the study of Special Education. In addition, this fund may award grants to nonprofit organizations, which focus on service to the special needs community here on the Island.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Driving the Future Fund

Established in the spring of 2018, the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Driving the Future Fund is a collaborative effort between Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation.

Grants from this fund will be used to support education and health and human services for youth and seniors on Martha’s Vineyard.

In keeping with the agency’s community-minded spirit, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services contributes 20% of annual net proceeds from the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services License Plate Program to the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Driving the Future Fund.

For more information about this grant opportunity, please contact:

Mary Korba, Communications Manager; Martha’s Vineyard Community Services

508-693-7900×222 ;

Martha’s Vineyard Diversity Coalition

Martha’s Vineyard Diversity Coalition is a community based initiative dedicated to building a strong, unified and  diverse network of committed Islanders, who want to eradicate racism. Our strength is in our diversity and together we will provide a model of action, equality and peace. As a group we will model for others and provide an opportunity for our community to understand the barriers that prevent equal rights for all. Our collective mission is to effectively and ultimately eliminate inequality and injustice.

Mayhew-Nevin Memorial Fund

Created in 1945 and transferred to the Community Foundation in 1986, this fund honors two distinguished and devoted Vineyard physicians, Orland S. Mayhew and Clement C. Nevin.  The fund helps pay for the medical expenses of families and individuals in need who have received care from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Vineyard Fund for Board Development and Education

Established in the Winter of 2016, The Vineyard Fund for Board Development and Education is a collaborative effort between The Martha’s Vineyard Donors’ Collaborative and the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation.  Grants from this fund can be applied for throughout the entire calendar year, and will be used to promote board development and education at both nonprofit and municipal organizations on the Island.

Suggestions include:

  • Hiring a consultant to work with the board on development and education;
  • Funding a board retreat, and ongoing supplementary follow-up work;
  • Strategic planning;
  • Hiring a development fundraising consultant to work with the board on fundraising effectiveness;
  • And other like-minded projects.

Funding would potentially cover consultant travel and per diem, but not support for food-and-beverages, rental space, or board member travel.

Grantees must submit a Board Resolution illustrating that the Board in question supports the proposed project.

Grantees will also be expected to submit two stewardship reports to the Foundation sharing the results of the work in question.

Vineyard Haven Band Fund

Founded in 1868, The Vineyard Haven Band has been providing free, live concert band music to the public on Martha’s Vineyard for 149 years!

While earnings from the Band’s traditional sources cover the Band’s basic needs such as rent and insurance, it does not cover additional expenses such as sheet music, music stands, instrument cases and refurbishments etc.

This fund will be used to ensure that the Vineyard Haven Band can continue to provide free music for another 150 years.

Vineyard Ponds and Waterways

The Vineyard’s unique and globally rare coastal ponds, its inland ponds, its rivers and brooks, and the environs of the same, all provide important habitat to a variety of birds and animals, flora and fauna, shell and fin fish, as well as providing food, recreational opportunities and scenic views to the Island’s residents and livelihoods for its shellfishermen.  These ecosystems are ecologically fragile and have been compromised by development, pollution, invasive species and erosion.

Vineyard Ponds and Waterways Fund will work with outside agencies, organizations and citizens groups, to provide support for the restoration and preservation of healthy aquatic ecosystems for the Island’s streams, freshwater inland ponds and ocean facing Great Ponds.

This Fund may support efforts for individual ponds and rivers, as well as ponds and rivers in general, acknowledging that the health of one often impacts the health of others.

Support may include, but is not limited to, water quality testing, data collection and documentation, invasive species removal, dredging, and other recommendations grounded in scientific research.

Wallace & Co. Sotheby's International Realty Community Housing Fund

In 2019, Wallace & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty established a dedicated fund to give back to the Island community.  This collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation enables the members of the company to provide support for housing needs on the Island.  Every year, brokers will personally contribute a portion of their commissions from all property sales to the Community Housing Fund.  Grants from this fund will be used to support affordable housing projects and other needed housing services on Martha’s Vineyard.

For more information, please contact Wallace & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty at 508 627-3313, or email

Zeitz Stained Glass Window Fund

This Fund supports Barney Zeitz’s Flieden Stained Glass Windows Project, for the present Evangelical Church in Flieden, Germany, which was formerly a synagogue prior to WWII.  To learn more, click here.

Establishing a Fund

Establishing a fund with Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation is a simple and effective way to accomplish your goals for charitable giving. The Foundation invests the gifts it receives and applies the earnings to grants supporting programs and projects that affect our community and to scholarships for Island students. As your partner in philanthropy, we will work together to improve the quality of life on the Vineyard not only today but forever.

For more information

Contact us at 508-338-4665 or by email, below.

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