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The Chatham Fund

Every year thousands of people from around the world come to Chatham to capture a little of the Cape Cod experience that lifts the spirit and sustains the soul. With its beautiful beaches, abundance of outdoor opportunities, and small town charm, Chatham is one of the jewels in Cape Cod’s crown.

Many of us who live in Chatham year-round or as summer residents know how fortunate we are. And yet we also know that there are those among us who struggle with low-income jobs, poor access to healthcare, scarcity of affordable housing, and limited opportunities that can make living on the Cape difficult. And these challenges have become more acute in recent years.

Inspired by these community challenges, a group of Chatham residents has established The Chatham Fund. The fund acts as the endowment for Chatham – a perpetual pool of assets to benefit worthy organizations that serve the Chatham community. The Fund’s mission is wide-ranging—to improve and enrich the quality of life in Chatham through informed and judicious grantmaking.

The goal of The Chatham Fund is to make grants to initiatives that tackle the wide range of issues and opportunities facing our community, such as:

  • human services
  • education
  • cultural enrichment
  • environmental concerns

The Chatham Fund will actively promote local philanthropy. It will champion an easy, effective, and proven way for each of us to help build a sustainable, permanent endowment that will make a difference for the Chatham of tomorrow, for future generations.

The Chatham Fund is a fund of The Cape Cod Foundation, our local community foundation with decades of grantmaking experience and civic leadership in the Cape Cod community. The Chatham Fund will benefit from the Foundation’s proven and thorough grant review process and its established relationships with the nonprofit community, professional advisors and donors. The Chatham Fund advisory committee will work to build its philanthropic resources and add a strong, local presence with knowledge of the issues facing the Chatham community and the organizations that can rise to meet these challenges.


The Chatham Fund is a permanent endowment of The Cape Cod Foundation. Its mission is to raise funds and give grants that strengthen our community.

Make a Donation
Gifts of any size are gratefully received and can be earmarked for endowment or for grantmaking.

Become a Chatham Fund Community Philanthropist
With a gift of $5,000 or more, which may be spread over five years.

Make a Planned Gift
The Cape Cod Foundation can provide unbiased information to you or your legal or financial advisors about planned giving options, including charitable gift annuities.
You can also include The Chatham Fund in your will.

For more information about The Chatham Fund, contact:
The Cape Cod Foundation

Create your own fund. Donate to an existing fund. Support the Foundation’s Civic Leadership Initiatives.

Together, we have invested more than $90 million in grants and scholarships in the Cape Cod Community. For good.

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