Peter Temple retires

The MVNC Board thanks Peter Temple for 13 years of outstanding leadership as expressed in the following letter to the editor:   

To the Editor:

I join the Martha’s Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative (MVNC) Board, the Island nonprofit community, many other Island organizations, and the Island community in thanking Peter Temple for his many years of service and value.

It is with a big thank you that the Board of MVNC announces that our Executive Director (ED) of 13 years, Peter Temple, will retire from that role at the end of 2019. 

Peter accelerated his planned retirement from MVNC when he received an unexpected job offer to manage the business affairs of a good friend who has early onset Alzheimer’s.  This was an opportunity “too good” to turn down. This job will thankfully enable Peter to stay on Island.

Peter’s incredible set of skills and passion are legendary to most anyone at any stage of nonprofit life, from how to get started, how to grow, how to change, how to merge, how to retire; we affectionately called this “program,” “1-800-Peter.”

In his Executive Director role, he helped us build a strong set of programs to help improve nonprofit effectiveness in areas of Governance, Marketing, Fund Raising, and Board Development. He became, and helped us, become a trusted voice for and of the Island’s nonprofit Community.   Peter’s capabilities also helped us become a “convener” of like-minded nonprofits to collaborate to address Island-wide issues. Three continuing initiatives are:

  •  ArtsMV, an Arts and Culture Collaborative, launched “Fall for the Arts,” a program that increased nonprofit programs and Cultural Tourism through the shoulder season; and helped create cultural districts in Tisbury, Aquinnah and Oak Bluffs.
  • Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard (HAMV). This Island wide public and private collaborative was Peter and Paddy Moore’s brainchild, which they started in 2012 and built into a sustainable organization supported today by the 6 Towns and the MVC.  Peter was acting ED of HAMV for 5 years.
  • Peter wore many hats and MVNC supported his efforts as Aquinnah Planning Board Chair in two Island wide initiatives to support Affordable Housing.  Peter Chaired a subcommittee of the All Island Planning Board that worked with the support of IHT and MVC to find funding for and have all 6 Towns develop Housing Production Plans and an Island wide Housing Plan. He also co-led last year’s initiative to create a Housing Bank, a strategy identified in all the Housing Production Plans.

Peter’s latest accomplishment was the development of an on Island launch of the Certificate Program in Nonprofit Leadership with the Institute of Nonprofit Program (INP) and Tufts University. Intensive 9-month certificate programs like this are not really accessible to Vineyard nonprofit Executive Directors, or those who hope to become one, because of the time and cost of off travel. Peter worked with the school to modify the program so 2 of the 3 monthly seminars are held on Island, and he worked with local foundations and private donors to raise significant subsidies to lower the cost per nonprofit. The success of these efforts is evident in the results: 9 students graduated from the Vineyard program in 2019, 9 more will graduate in 2020, and there is already enough interest to further continue the program.  

The nonprofit community is stronger, the Island is stronger, thanks in a huge way, to Peter Temple. In speaking with many on nonprofit Board’s and staff, and Islanders who benefit from the impact of our important nonprofits, common feedback about Peter is “extraordinary” and “multi-talented. “

The MVNC Board thanks Peter for his enormous value to both the nonprofit community and to Martha’s Vineyard. His legacy of helping people and organizations “do good and well” will be long lasting.

 Gerald S Jones, Board Chair, Martha’s Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative


Our search process is underway.  We are energized by the number and quality of applications received and the interviews we have been having. We also appreciate the support of Islanders who have reached out to us with input and support.

Peter will leave his role (not the Island!) on Dec.31 and we are grateful that Nevette Previd, MVNC’s Director of Special Projects, has agreed to take the staff lead until a new ED is hired, ensuring we have a smooth transition.

If you have any questions or advice, during the transition, feel free to call Nevette at, 917-841-0656, or our Board Chair, Gerald Jones, at 617-750-0515.

During the transition, we hope to offer our regular program of workshops and activities for 2020. You’ll hear more about that soon.

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