Grant making at the Permanent Endowment is a thoughtful process

Through careful assessment of community needs, understanding of existing programs, identification of gaps in service, and evaluation of nonprofit management, the Endowment works to provide the most effective support for local nonprofit organizations. Our grant making priorities are guided not only by the knowledge of our Board but also by our donors’ charitable intentions. We support organizations with a well-planned approach to issues and needs, a demonstrated base of support, capable leadership and the involvement of individuals with the skills necessary to carry out the work.

Our Grant Funding has increased dramatically
over the last three + decades:

From 1982-2018, The Endowment created an impressive Lifetime Portfolio of over 210 Island-based nonprofit organizations, to which we have granted:  $3,937,014

  • 1982-1989 = 21 nonprofits = $120,014
  • 1990-1999 = 54 nonprofits = $372,612
  • 2000-2009 = 129 nonprofits = $1,087,815
  • 2010-2018 = 112 nonprofits = $2,356,573*

*Includes Pass-through grant funding for Gay Head Lighthouse move of $736,270

Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard Grants by Decade
Permanent Endowment for Martha's Vineyard Current Lifetime Giving

Current Lifetime Giving by Primary fields of interest:

Lifetime giving from 1982-2018.

  • Arts = 32 nonprofits = $304,702
  • Community = 119 nonprofits = $1,860,699
  • Environment = 23 nonprofits = $356,026
  • Health = 36 nonprofits = $1,415,587

Where is Education you might ask?
We see Education as a component of all these areas, for instance grants for Art Education are included in Arts, and Environmental Education Programs are included in Environment.  Grants that support schools are included in Community.  

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