Island nonprofits look to end-of-year giving


With Christmas just around the corner, many Island nonprofit organizations are looking to end-of-year gift giving from generous members of the community.

Rachel Vanderhoop, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital director of development, said the hospital benefits from the support the local community gives the hospital each and every year. “We live in an incredibly generous community and generally people tend to give at year end,” she said.

Hospital fundraising focuses on “individual relationships.”

This year, the hospital featured a personal appeal on its website from Fred “Ted” B. Morgan Jr., the longtime Edgartown selectman and D-Day veteran who was the hospital’s head administrator from 1972 to 1976. “Drawing on my experience in the military and my years in town government, I learned that you don’t accomplish things by yourself,” he wrote. “I feel the same way about Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. We need to work together to ensure the health of the institution that takes care of us.”

Ms. Vanderhoop said support has been solid. For more information go to

Terre Young of Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard said that support has been “pretty strong.”

Hospice is a completely free service for individuals in need of end of life care and for those in bereavement irrespective of insurance. Hospice serves approximately 40–45 people each year, but the main philosophy is on serving the whole family of someone in hospice. Hospice relies entirely on donations and fundraising to meet their financial and service goals.

For more information on Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, go to

Since opening its doors to the public on June 19, 2010, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard has enjoyed tremendous success and support from the Island community. In 2012, it received $429,000 through community outreach and direct financial assistance. The “Y’s” capital campaign this year features several interesting sponsorships. For example, a gift of $50 empowers a child to gain confidence by competing on the MAKOS swim team; a $100 gift helps a senior’s physical rehabilitation with an 8-week aqua aerobics program; a $250 gift creates a safe place for 50 teens to attend a Saturday night dance; and a $1,000 gift provides a year membership for a single parent family in need. All gifts are tax-deductible. For more information, call 508-696-7171, ext: 107 or visit