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Why Give

Be a Steward of the Island You Love

Philanthropy is deeply personal—it mirrors your values, aspirations, and priorities. 

You can depend on the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation to maximize the impact of your donation. We offer deep insight into the needs of Islanders and the nonprofits that serve them, convene coalition partners, provide fiscal sponsorships to local initiatives, and fund college scholarships to students and vocational training to strengthen our workforce. We also provide expert investment management and streamlined administration.

Captain Robert Douglas represents the very essence of the Vineyard community. He is hardworking, dedicated, independent, authentic, modest about his achievements, and generous with his accomplishments. We have all benefited from his vision—as observers of his glorious collection of wooden schooners or as crew members on his vessels.

Purposeful and Effective Philanthropy

Whether you make an annual gift or establish an endowment through the Community Foundation, you can expect:

  • Experience: We collaborate closely with Island nonprofit partners, driving innovative solutions and enduring change.
  • Personalization: Working with you or your financial advisor, we ensure your unique goals are met.
  • Flexibility: We offer many donation options and levels of involvement in fund disbursement.
  • Confidentiality: We respect how and if you want to be recognized. 
  • Local Roots: Our staff and board are highly involved community members and volunteers who live on the Island.
  • Tax Efficiency: Contributions to the Community Foundation yield the highest possible charitable tax deduction in the year you donate.