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SMART HOMES
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT & CEO
Over the past 30 years, Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod has built 127 homes throughout the Cape. By the end of this year, 430 people will live in a Habitat Home. Thirty-four more homes are under construction or on the drawing board. Find out why we’re calling these “smart homes.”
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THE HEART OF THE MATTER
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT & CEO
In my last column, Beam me up, Scotty, I talked about the Foundation’s commitment to capacity-building. This isn’t just a passive buzz word. It’s an action verb. It’s a way to make our community stronger.  Find out how we’ve supported Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod​ and hear how this organization is making a big impact in our community.
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APRIL 2018 ISSUE
We know some people who really know how to put the FUN in fundraiser. If you can’t wait to get into the race, take a swing on the fairway, or network with some of the best and brightest women on the Cape, check out these upcoming events.  You’ll be supporting 
student athletes, underprivileged children, women seeking professional development and other great causes at these events.  READ

 

BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT & CEO
Full disclosure.  I’m not really a Trekkie or Trekker (whatever most Star Trek fans prefer to be called). But, I do admire Scotty (Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott), the chief engineer and “miracle worker” of the USS Enterprise.  It’s purely professional.  Let me explain. READ

MARCH 2018 ISSUE
It’s scholarship season!  Last year the Foundation and our supporting organization, The Cape Cod Association, awarded more than $850,000 in scholarships to 424 local students.  Read our feature, Logan’s Legacy, learn about three upcoming fundraisers that benefit students, and find out how you can power up education opportunities around the Cape. READ

THE HOUSE THAT BILL BUILT
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT & CEO
The house that Bill built took seven years to complete and cost $63 million. It has six kitchens, 24 bathrooms, and garage space for 23 cars. The pool house is bigger than my entire house. So is the gym (probably because of the trampoline). And, the reception hall is the perfect place for a plated dinner if you keep the guest list to 150. READ

FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE
Dara Gannon has just been promoted to Director of Programs and Donor Services. Find out about her new, expanded  role at the Foundation, plus meet our new board members and Vice Chairman, and learn how much The Chatham Fund and The Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals have invested  back into the community.  For good.  READ

NOTHING BUT BLUE SKIES
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT & CEO
New Year. New Resolution. I’m swearing off buzz words. Sunsetting them. Sending them straight over the bleeding edge. No more drilling down, reaching out or circling back.  No more pivoting, piggybacking or peeling back the layers of the onion. Our board is not the S.W.A.T. team, you are not stakeholders, and today’s agenda is not Mission Critical.  
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END-OF-THE-YEAR APPEAL (AND  CONFESSION)
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT & CEO

I’ve had a serious crush since the 1980s. His name is Pac-Man. That neon-yellow, dot-gobbling character stole my heart the minute I powered up my first Commodore 64 computer. Pac and I spent hours together in his video maze, devouring dots and evading four murderous monsters: Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde. Together, we relentlessly pursued those flashing Power Pellets. These power-ups made us temporarily invulnerable so we could swallow up the enemy, earn bonus points, and advance to the next level of play. What a guy! WHAT. A. CONCEPT!
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DECEMBER ISSUE: NEW DECADE, NEW LEADERSHIP (PART II)
Sharon Nunes, the new chair of The Falmouth Fund talks candidly about the Fund’s purpose, the nonprofits who received grants earlier this year, the challenges they face providing critical community services with limited resources, and the top priorities for her team moving forward. Also, two nonprofits discover an alternative way to increase awareness and fundraise.   READ

WHAT’S YOUR GIVING STORY?
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT & CEO
My children are five and seven.  They already know I’m not a chef, an artist or an editor. Right now, I’m known for burnt pots, stick figure drawings and long, rambling life lessons. Some legacy, huh?  In time, though, what I hope they’ll remember me for is teaching them the value of giving.  READ

NOVEMBER ISSUE: NEW DECADE, NEW LEADERSHIP
Eileen Miskell was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of The Falmouth Fund, which has awarded over $360,000 to nonprofit organizations serving the community. As she passes the leadership to fellow resident Sharon Nunes, we thought it was time for a little Q&A with both leaders.  Plus, learn about a new fund to help people recover from cancer and meet our newest intern, Kait Williams.  READ

MY HOME TOWN
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT & CEO
Some people think you can’t go home again. I don’t.  I grew up in Dennis. (Ok, I know.  It’s a very short trip, but that’s not the point of the story.) See, whenever I hang out in my home town, I get those warm and fuzzy feelings of childhood.  Although many things have definitely changed there over the years, my feelings haven’t.  Going home still gives me goosebumps.  READ

SEPTEMBER ISSUE: PAY IT FORWARD
Meet our newest intern Caroline Neville who’s found her own way to make a difference in people’s lives…including ours. Also in the news: In 2018, The Falmouth Fund will award up to $100,000 to nonprofits serving the community, and three upcoming fundraisers deliver comedy and music.  READ

 

GIFT GIVERS ANONYMOUS
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT & CEO
We’ve all had shocking self-revelations.  Mine came in my early thirties when I finally had to concede: I am a lousy gift-giver.  That long-delayed admission came one chilly Christmas Day when the presents I put under the tree received (yet again) an even chillier reception from my family members. When my mother said, “Really, honey, you shouldn’t have,” I finally heard it.  Really.  You.  Shouldn’t. Have. Ever. Again.  READ

AUGUST ISSUE: A CENTURY OLD STORY
People come and go. Businesses do, too. It’s the natural rhythm of Cape Cod, like the tide coming in and going out. That’s why a story about three generations running a business here for over a century is worth telling. Also, The Fund for Sandwich announces grant opportunities, CCYP awards $10K to local nonprofits, and three fundraisers put the fun into fall.   READ

THE BLUE JEANS BLUES
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT & CEO
I have a serious love/hate relationship with blue jeans. LOVE wearing them. HATE shopping for them. But, when I had worn my Lucky Brand dark-washed, gently-whiskered, 5-pocket, zipper-fly, boot-cut besties way beyond respectability, I had no choice but to hit the mall. No biggie. Dash in. Dash out. A new pair of these made-for-me blues was a quick credit-card swipe away. Right? Wrong. READ

JULY ISSUE: A TALE OF TWO ASTRONAUTS
This is a tale of two super-smart students who recently received scholarships from us.  They don’t live in the same town.  They don’t attend the same high school.  Why, they don’t even know each other.  But, they’re on the same trajectory–to outer space.  Also in this issue, meet a new board member and find out which nonprofits are grabbing headlines and receiving grants to power up our community. READ

WHO ARE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT AND CEO
Recently, I had a surreal experience. It made me feel like I had walked out of my ordinary life and onto a television set. Not Game of Thrones or House of Cards. That might have been cool. No, I had landed on Sesame Street, PBS’s perky place for preschoolers. There was Bob (the affable music teacher who lives in an apartment above Hooper’s Store) and a handful of Muppets (no pun intended).  READ

WHAT I LEARNED FROM PRINCESS POPPY
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT AND CEO
I’m reluctant to admit it–and half-hoping you won’t believe it. One of my mentors is a troll–not one of those provocative-posting cyber trolls who purposefully disrupts online discussion groups. My superhero is a spunky little pink-haired, pink-skinned do-gooder named Princess Poppy. What’s more this pink paragon (who’s cooler than a pack of peppermints) sings! READ

MAY ISSUE:  NICK’S STORY
Nick was an ordinary high school kid.  He loved driving his Jeep, listening to hard rock, and playing sports.  He also loved his country.  Just nine short days after graduation, he headed to boot camp to pursue his dream. Learn about Nick’s legacy…and where to go when you’re craving cool ice cream or some hot jazz music. READ

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 week I raced out of the office to pick up my 4-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter for practice.  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.  READ

APRIL ISSUE: A SWEET SADDLE STORY
Geoffrey, the gentle giant, is a rescue horse. Emily, 8, is nonverbal and paraplegic. The two team up at Smithfield Farm in Hatchville for riding lessons. Find out how an adaptable saddle makes the connection possible. Plus, get the scoop on two new grant opportunities and some very cool community programs that recently received funding. READ

POWERING UP
KRISTIN O’MALLEY, PRESIDENT AND CEO
I’m a runner. Not a fast runner. I like taking my time, going the distance. I run a few miles most mornings, step it up on the weekends and work in a half marathon every chance I get. Like most runners, I have a ritual. Breathe. Stretch. Repeat. I close my eyes, run the course in my mind, then release slowly, purposefully. READ

MARCH ISSUE: DOROTHY’S STORY
Dorothy Bassett has befriended Maasai warriors in Kenya, stood under the lights of the Moulin Rouge in Paris and explored the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves in New Zealand. What jump-started these jaw-dropping adventures? A scholarship from The Cape Cod Foundation. Also in this issue: Kristin O’Malley is promoted to Principal and CEO and Joanna Christopher signs on as Marketing & Communications Officer. READ