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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

This fund supports the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard.

Island Fund for the Environment

This fund supports all aspects the Island’s environment, from woods and fields to our ponds, streams and ocean.

Island Fund for Community Enrichment

This fund supports a thriving, diverse and cultural community.

Island Fund for Human Services

This fund supports the health and well-being 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.

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.

The Field Fund

The Island has a long tradition of providing grass playing fields for physical education, organized sports, pick-up games, and general public enjoyment.  This Fund offers support to all schools and towns seeking to improve or better maintain their grass playing fields in an environmentally responsible manner.

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 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 Permanent Endowment in 2006 to insure that members of the Vineyard maritime community would continue to benefit from the financial support of the Goldberg Fund.

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.

The Joy Fund (hybrid)

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 Savings Bank Charitable Fund

Established by the Endowment’s Trustee bank, this unrestricted fund is designed to support a wide range of programs and projects on the Island.  Grants from the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund are determined quarterly by the bank’s leadership in cooperation with the Permanent Endowment.

Mayhew-Nevin Memorial Fund

Created in 1945 and transferred to the Permanent Endowment 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.

Jack Ware Fund for Martha's Vineyard

In honor of Jack Ware, founder of the Permanent Endowment, this grant fund was established in 2009 to support nonprofit organizations working to better the quality of life on the Island.

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 Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard.  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 Endowment sharing the results of the work in question.

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 the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard is a simple and effective way to accomplish your goals for charitable giving. The Endowment 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.

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Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard - The Island's Community Foundation