Permanent Endowment offers chance to make $1,000 gift

What if you had $1,000 to give away? MJ Bruder Munafo had a chance to find out. Attending the presentation of the 2010 Creative Living Award, hosted by the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard, Ms. Munafo entered a drawing to win the chance to award $1,000 to Island nonprofits.

“This drawing was made possible by the eleven members of the Permanent Endowment board who donated $1,000, to demonstrate their commitment to fostering philanthropy on the Vineyard. With approximately 130 nonprofits working to enrich our lives, strengthen our neighborhoods, preserve our natural environment and satisfy human needs, all of our lives are affected. So this drawing was a way to raise awareness of the need for all of us to do what we can to help,” Anne Williamson, chairman of the Permanent Endowment Fund explained.

More than 90 guests at the event celebrating Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin, winners of the fund’s 2010 Creative Living award, participated in the drawing.

“Although we wish everyone could have been a winner, we were delighted that MJ’s name was selected at random,” Ms. Williamson said. “As the producer and artistic director of the Vineyard Playhouse, she certainly understands the financial needs of Island nonprofits.”

With responsibility for distributing $1,000 to qualified Island organizations, Ms. Munafo chose 10 Vineyard nonprofits to receive a $100 award each. Some of the organizations were personally meaningful and others were selected for all they contribute to the quality of Island life. MJ’s list included the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, Island Elderly Housing, Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Polly Hill Arboretum, the Vineyard Committee on Hunger, Vineyard Nursing Association and the Vineyard Playhouse

“It all adds up,” said Ms. Munafo. “Being on the receiving end at the Vineyard Playhouse, I know how much every gift counts and really is appreciated — whatever the size.”

The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard is the Island’s community foundation. Established in 1982, its purpose is to connect people who care with causes that matter by putting charitable contributions to work for the people of Martha’s Vineyard through grants to local public and nonprofit organizations, scholarships for Island students, and by building an endowment that will provide resources to address the community’s needs in perpetuity.

More information on the Permanent Endowment Fund is available at endowmv.org or at 508-338-4665.