The Cape Cod Foundation, the Cape Cod 5 Foundation, Inc. and The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation support the effort 

Cape Cod Children’s Place, The Community Development Partnership, The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, Helping Our Women, Homeless Prevention Council, Lower Cape Outreach Council, and WE CAN joined together in the fall of 2019 with the goal to better serve the unique needs of the Lower and Outer Cape communities. Together, these organizations serve more than 20,000 clients annually.  In this unprecedented time, their collaboration and communication is more important than ever. Their work is currently focused on sharing best practices in service delivery with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing the cultural competence of the staff and volunteers within each organization. In June 2020, the collaborating non-profit organizations released a joint statement committing to build and strengthen collective and individual capacity to address issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Grants awarded by The Cape Cod Foundation, the Cape Cod 5 Foundation, Inc. and The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation Trust (The Coop Foundation) have provided the funds needed to conduct this work. “The Cape Cod Foundation is honored to be an early supporter of this innovative partnership,” said Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO, The Cape Cod Foundation.” The importance of a collective such as this has grown exponentially as our community has grappled with the multi-faceted effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  By working together, they strengthen their individual organizations and provide a stronger network of support for their clients and the community.”

Beginning in January 2021, the Lower Cape Leadership Forum has engaged The Impact Seat, a consulting organization that supports organizations across sectors in understanding, embracing and implementing a science-based, social justice and strategic perspective of DEI. The Impact Seat is conducting training and coaching on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and implementing strategies for dismantling structural racism with the collective of organizations and by engaging organizational leaders as a starting point.

“Cape Cod 5 is proud to support the Lower Cape Leadership Forum’s objective to empower individuals from all backgrounds and stages of life to reach their individual goals by increasing access to essential resources and social services,” said Dorothy A. Savarese, Chair and CEO of Cape Cod 5. “Through active collaboration between its team of community leaders, this initiative can help to remove the barriers that prevent equitable access to these key services.”

“What the Lower Cape Leadership Forum is doing should be a model for nonprofits across the Cape,” said Lisa Oliver, Chair, President and CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. “Given the large number of nonprofits in our region, coupled with the level of need Cape Codders have this year, it’s more important than ever to work together to find creative solutions. We are excited to see how the results of this project will help people on the Lower and Outer Cape; and we’re honored to be part of a positive impact in our community.”

Members of the Forum are grateful for the support we have received for this ongoing effort as it will ultimately enable us to enhance the quality of our services to the low- and moderate-income families of the Lower and Outer Cape. 

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