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October 30, 2020
Six Cape Cod Nonprofits Join National Crowdfunding Effort

September 28, 2020 — Six Cape Cod nonprofits have been selected to join a nationally run crowdfunding campaign that will make them eligible for grants up to $100,000 related to projects that address social issues such as education, housing, arts and culture, wellness, and the environment.

A Community Thrives, a program of the Gannett Foundation and the USA Today Network, is a way to share community building ideas on the national stage, gain support through donations and local connections, and have a chance at receiving a portion of grants, according to the foundation.

This is the fourth year that the program, which utilizes the Mightycause fundraising program, has been offered.

To be eligible to receive funds, the nonprofits must raise a minimum amount of funds by Oct. 16. Groups in the Tier 1 category, those with an annual operating budget of less than $500,000, must raise at least $3,000. Groups in Tier 2, with an annual operating budget greater than $500,000, must raise at least $6,000.

The following Cape nonprofits are participating this year, according to The Barnstable Patriot:

  • Association to Preserve Cape Cod Inc., Dennis, which is seeking funds to support pond health on Cape Cod. From its grass-roots beginnings to the present, the association’s landmark achievements have resulted in cleaner drinking water, preserved open spaces and restored natural habitats on Cape Cod.
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis, which is seeking donations to create its Young Mariner Program, which aims to provide the opportunity for young people to engage with maritime-themed STEM topics in a hands-on way.
  • Cordial Eye Gallery, Hyannis, which is seeking funds to advance its mission to dismantle the system of oppression in the community by creating space for marginalized groups to gather, experiment, exhibit work and tell their stories. The Cordial Eye Gallery and Artist Space provides classes and workshops, social clubs and support groups within the gallery setting and online.
  • Friends of the Eastham Council on Aging, North Eastham, which is raising money for a meal delivery program and its Move More Body and Mind Fitness Challenge.
  • Gosnold, Falmouth, which is raising money for its underfunded services. Gosnold offers a full, end-to-end continuum of care for drug and alcohol addiction and substance use disorder with various treatment options.
  • Harwich Junior Theatre, Harwich, which is raising funds for a Cape Verdean Harwich Heritage Play and Project. Part of the Cape Cod Theatre Company, the group seeks to educate, empower and inspire students of all ages and backgrounds to explore their creative talents in the performing arts.
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