LOOKING BACK AT 2020
It is now Spring 2021, 16 months into the global pandemic. Nothing is normal. But the vaccination process has begun. The world is opening up slowly. Schools. Businesses. Museums. Stadiums. Theatres. Music Venues. The gears are shifting. The Cape Cod Foundation is shifting, too. We are moving into recovery. We know that we can’t rebuild our community the way it was. We have to rebuild smarter. And that rebuilding has begun.
While 2020 was a challenging year, it was also one of unprecedented growth. This year alone, our assets grew by more than $10 million. The pandemic spurred some of this growth, but the Foundation has been on a steady trajectory for more than three decades. We have now distributed more than $80 million in grants and scholarships since inception.
In 2020, we learned we were poised to lead in a crisis: as strategists, fundraisers, funders, partners, conveners, community resources—and human beings. We strategically raised nearly $2.1 million and deployed more than $1.19 million through our newly created Strategic Emergency Response Fund, bringing critical resources to our community it would not have had otherwise.
We also developed new partnerships and increased our outreach. We accelerated the growth of our staff to meet the current demands and advance our work. By year’s end, we had distributed more than $4.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. And, for the second consecutive year, The Cape Cod Foundation and our partner, the Cape Cod Association, awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to local students navigating their educational goals during very difficult times.
Although we worked remotely, we stayed connected through emails, phone calls, and virtual meeting rooms. In many ways, technology made us more accessible to a larger number of people. As community leaders worked together, we also found a seat at many new tables.
The pandemic drove us crazy—but it drove us. Focused us. Tested us. Reassured us. In many ways, it made us stronger. While there is more to do, we learned we could do more. We also learned ways to do it better.
We’d like to thank all our supporters: donors, partners, committee members—and our small, but very mighty, staff. We’d also like to thank our nonprofit heroes on the front lines. Every day, you amaze and inspire us.
Ramani Ayer, Board Chairman
Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO
Together, we have invested more than $90 million in grants and scholarships in the Cape Cod Community. For good.
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