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  • 22 Dec 2020 1:22 PM | Nevette Previd (Administrator)

    Martha's Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative (MVNC), which supports and strengthens the Island's nonprofits through advocacy, capacity building programs, and essential resources, is proud to announce the appointment of Diana Barrett and Eileen Nugent to its board of directors.

    Diana Barrett brings a resume of nonprofit experience to her post and a keen interest in how nonprofit organizations can collaborate and work more effectively together. Diana retired from a distinguished career at Harvard University, where she taught at both the school of Public Health and Harvard Business School.

    She has extensive experience working with organizations worldwide to help solve social problems related to diversity, sustainable housing, and health care. Active with a wide range of Island issues and organizations, including Vineyard House, Community Services, Sheriff's Meadow, and IGI, Diana is a founding member of MV Youth and sits on an Advisors Group at the Island Housing Trust. Diana lives in Chilmark and Florida.

    Eileen Nugent cares deeply about nonprofits' role and value and how she can assist them in improving their value to their constituents and ultimately to the Vineyard. Eileen recently retired as a senior partner at the Skadden law firm in New York City. Recognized as one of the most skilled Mergers and Acquisitions lawyers globally, Eileen excels in navigating and resolving conflict-of-interest situations. Her years of experience dealing with nonprofits' financial and policy issues include her role as Vice-Chair of the Hospital Fund Board at the Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, New York. She also sits on the Board of Trustees of Brooklyn Law School. The treasurer of her community association on the Vineyard, Eileen lives in Chilmark and New York City.

  • 15 Dec 2020 7:05 AM | Nevette Previd (Administrator)

    MV Youth, a seven-year-old nonprofit supporting youth-serving and educational organizations on the Vineyard, announced Monday afternoon that it has given more than $840,000 in grants to three Island nonprofits and the Martha’s Vineyard public school district.

    Read more here: https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2020/12/14/mvyouth

  • 8 Oct 2020 11:28 AM | Nevette Previd (Administrator)

    While arts and culture blossom all year round here, fall is a particularly special time to embrace the arts community. As the weather cools, the crowds lessen and inspiration abounds. 

    If you're used to visiting the island in the summer and soaking up sun on our Island beaches we challenge you to rethink your Vineyard visit and visit us during the autumn to discover all that our local artists and arts organizations have to offer, even despite COVID. Fall for the Arts on Martha's Vineyard!

    See the schedule here:

    Fall for the Arts!



  • 17 Aug 2020 9:47 AM | Nevette Previd (Administrator)

    Read more about MVNC's work with nonprofits and the Island community to take part in the national conversations about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Sign up for our mailing list for upcoming workshops and webinars on DE&I work. 

    Read more about Island action at: 

    https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2020/08/14/staying-course-vigilance-and-action

  • 27 Jul 2020 9:41 AM | Nevette Previd (Administrator)

    Change always involves a degree of risk, but nonprofit leaders must accept and embrace the fact that fighting racism will create a level of risk unlike anything they've seen before, writes Mekaelia Davis of the Surdna Foundation. Davis explores how nonprofits can reshape their relationship with risk, while noting that failing to act is the biggest risk of all.

     Full Story: Stanford Social Innovation Review online (7/23) 
  • 6 Jul 2020 9:54 AM | Nevette Previd (Administrator)

    The Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.

    Find more information as of July 6th, 2020 here:

    https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts

  • 1 Jul 2020 12:38 PM | Nevette Previd (Administrator)

    From Island Grown Initiative and Island Food Pantry.

    We are writing to share some exciting news about an upcoming change that will transform and strengthen the Island’s support resources for those who face food insecurity, and enable us to build a stronger, more integrated food equity infrastructure.

    The Island Food Pantry (The Pantry) and Island Grown Initiative (IGI) will merge our organizations by the end of the year to:

    • broaden our reach to underserved communities

    • reduce barriers to access

    • partner with health care providers to promote wellness and disease prevention through education and access to nutritious food


    The Island’s dependence on seasonal employment and the high cost of living cause many to struggle to make ends meet, particularly in the off-season. Now, the health crises created by Covid-19 and the resulting economic distress and insecurity have left many more island residents in challenging circumstances.

    Through our work, we meet many people suffering from food insecurity – neighbors, colleagues, and friends who cannot dependably get enough healthy, affordable food to survive and thrive. We hear their stories and feel their anxiety.

    Everyone we serve has unique needs. To that end, we plan to create a client-centered food equity system, one that offers the right food to the right people at the right time.

    Our approach will emphasize the efficiencies and economic benefits of individual choice by innovating new models for food distribution, designing systems that better reflect the values and habits of those we serve. The result? Better planning, healthier clients, less food waste.

    The coronavirus pandemic and its effects on our community have drawn attention to the need for better inte-gration and coordination among the island’s diverse food resource providers. Without a strong infrastructure, there are substantial gaps in the delivery system and inefficiencies at a time of great need. Paradoxically, this challenge presents our organizations with a timely opportunity to pivot, adapt, and improve.

    Combining our organizations will offer greater efficiency to:

    • grow produce

    • rescue food

    • prepare meals for home distribution

    • offer summer food service

    • operate a mobile market

    • distribute groceries, meat, and fish directly to those in need

    The Pantry and IGI began discussions this winter on how to unite our efforts. After thoughtful discussions and rigorous due diligence, our boards of directors voted unanimously to merge the two organizations, effective January 1, 2021.

    The Pantry will become a separate program within IGI, with its own budget, and will maintain its name, mission, and brand. Kayte Morris will become a Senior Director at IGI, reporting to Rebecca Haag, IGI’s Executive Director. Three members of The Pantry’s board of directors will join the IGI board in January.

    Until the merger takes effect on January 1, 2021, the two agencies will operate independently while jointly developing a new model for a client-centric delivery system and collaborating with other providers to build a robust, effective food equity hub.

    Our thanks for your ongoing friendship and support – this important work would not be possible without you. Now is our time to stand together to eradicate hunger and food insecurity on our Island. We welcome your thoughts and support to help move this vision forward.

    Warmly,

    Kayte Morris, Executive Director, The Island Food Pantry

    Margaret Hannemann, Board Chair, The Island Food Pantry

    Rebecca Haag, Executive Director, Island Grown Initiative

    Lynne Whiting, Board President, Island Grown Initiative


    More at: http://www.igimv.org

  • 2 Jun 2020 3:16 PM | Nevette Previd (Administrator)

    The Institute for Nonprofit Practice has created a new initiative to support all nonprofits to have access to the award winning Leadership Program, that has graduated 19 Island nonprofits.

    Applications are due on June 12th. More information for the Core Certificate Program is at http://www.nonprofitpractice.org/apply.

    The Tomorrow Fund, a movement to help nonprofit and community leaders, especially leaders of color, rebuild, reimagine, and restore as they navigate the monumental challenges that lie ahead.

    With the support of generous donors who believe in the power and potential of nonprofit leaders, we have reached the first milestone of The Tomorrow Fund: We will, for the first time in our history, waive tuition for every student in the class of 2021. 

    Learn more at: http://www.nonprofitpractice.org/tomorrowfund

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