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The Cape Cod Foundation Grants $110,00 from its Strategic Emergency Response Fund

The Cape Cod Foundation just announced it has awarded $110,000 from its newly created Strategic Emergency Response Fund to ten local nonprofits addressing basic human needs, including food, healthcare, and childcare for essential workers.

Since launching the fund in late March, the Foundation has raised over $500,000 in committed funds to support the continued operation of local nonprofit organizations as they address the impacts of COVID-19 on the health, economy, and vitality of Cape Cod during and after this challenging time.

In addition to numerous individual donations, the following foundations and corporate partners have contributed to the fund: Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation; The Barr Foundation; the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation; the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund; The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation Trust; and Vineyard Wind.

“Our community’s solidarity is both powerful and uplifting,” said Kristin O’Malley, the Foundation’s President and CEO. “We have received generous support on the local level and additional support from larger foundations and corporate partners that are donating to community foundations like ours because we have the experience and infrastructure to deploy resources strategically into our communities.”

O’Malley said the Foundation’s grantmaking from this fund will be proactive, tiered, and ongoing.

“We have and will continue to gather information from multiple sources—local organizations, community leaders, other funders, and regional collaboratives—to assess the rapidly evolving needs of the community and direct our grantmaking for maximum impact,” O’Malley said.

The first round of grants from The Cape Cod Foundation Strategic Emergency Response Fund has been awarded to the following nonprofit organizations to address immediate and ongoing needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic:

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, $10,000
Falmouth Service Center, $10,000
Cape Cod Council of Churches, $10,000
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands $10,000
Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation General Fund, $10,000
Outer Cape Health Services, $10,000
Duffy Health Center, $10,000
Community Health Center of Cape Cod, $10,000
Harbor Health for Harbor Community Health Center, $10,000
YMCA Cape Cod, $20,000

In addition to the distributions above, the Foundation is: working with nonprofits to release them from restrictions on previously awarded grants if needed; releasing regular 2020 distributions from other discretionary funds earlier than scheduled; and sharing information about community needs with its donor-advised fundholders and other funding partners to expand opportunities to leverage resources and fill unmet needs.

Anyone who would like to donate to The Cape Cod Foundation Strategic Emergency Response Fund can visit, email Kristin O’Malley at, or send a check payable to the fund to: The Cape Cod Foundation; 261 White’s Path, Unit 2; South Yarmouth, MA 02664.

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