Martha's Vineyard Non-Profit Collaborative


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  • 9 Jun 2021 1:12 PM | Nevette Previd

    Eight Martha’s Vineyard nonprofits, including the Edgartown Library, the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA and Island Grown Initiative, are getting ready for a season of unprecedented challenges as the Island reopens and children return to camp and other summer activities. Read more at the Vineyard Gazette HERE.

  • 15 Mar 2021 1:22 PM | Nevette Previd

    To continue to meet the wide range of issues and capacity needs for Island nonprofits, MVNC has appointed three new Board of Directors, Diana Barrett, Ann Smith, and Eileen Nugent. All come with Island connections and years of experience serving nonprofits nationwide. 

    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.

    Ann Smith is the Executive Director of Featherstone Center for the Arts, the year-round community arts center providing gallery shows, events and art classes, and workshops for youth and adults on Martha’s Vineyard. She also serves as Chair of the Board of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and is the Chair of the Arts Martha’s Vineyard steering committee. She has received numerous awards for her successful leadership including the Massachusetts Tourism Award, Massachusetts (May 2015); the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard Creative Living Award for noteworthy contributions in the Vineyard’s arts, culture, and community life and significantly improving the quality of life on the Island (November 2015) and the MV Museum’s Martha’s Vineyard Medal which recognizes outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of Martha’s Vineyard (August 2018). 

    Eileen Nugent cares deeply about nonprofits' role and value and how she can help them improve 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.

    Martha's Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative (MVNC) works to strengthen the island's nonprofits by providing advocacy, capacity-building programs, and essential resources to support the vital work to sustain the Vineyard that we love. More at

  • 17 Feb 2021 9:50 AM | Nevette Previd

    Compiled by the editors of the Vine (produced by The Vineyard Gazette) in early 2021, this graphic look at the accomplishments of just some of our Island nonprofits is a testament to the generosity and support that thrives in our community. 

    To view the graphic, click HERE.

    For a complete list of Island nonprofits, click HERE.

  • 15 Dec 2020 7:05 AM | Nevette Previd

    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:

  • 8 Oct 2020 11:28 AM | Nevette Previd

    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

    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:

  • 27 Jul 2020 9:41 AM | Nevette Previd

    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

    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:

  • 1 Jul 2020 12:38 PM | Nevette Previd

    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.


    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

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