Community Thrives: Two Cape Cod Nonprofits Join Gannett Fundraising – Cape Cod Times | Region & Cash

Two Cape Cod organizations looking to improve their communities are fundraising now through August 12 through the Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives crowdfunding and grants program.

The Association to Preserve Cape Cod and Lower Cape TV have one month to raise money through the online platform Mightycause to reach a minimum of $3,000 or $6,000, depending on the group’s operating budget, to qualify as a grantee.

Community lives:Grants help 3 Cape Cod nonprofits thrive

Users can donate to the Cape organizations of their choice through the website by filtering by cause type, location and category. Donors have the opportunity to assist APCC in monitoring ponds for cyanobacteria and determining toxicity levels, and can help make Lower Cape TV’s building and programming more accessible.

Organizations will keep the money raised, but top projects will also qualify for additional grants to support their ideas for change. Top fundraisers will receive grants totaling $200,000, and all eligible organizations will qualify for consideration for national projects and local operations grants.

Signs warn of the dangers at Santuit Pond, where a bloom of cyanobacteria closed the pond to swimming in July 2021.  Steve Heaslip/Cape Cod Times

APCC seeks funding for cyanobacteria surveillance program

APCC has run a cyanobacteria surveillance program for the past several years, which includes volunteers taking regular water samples from 150 ponds in the Cape, said Andrew Gottlieb, APCC executive director. The water samples are then tested for cyanobacteria and the results shared with the public.

Cyanobacteria are toxic to humans and wildlife at certain concentrations. It can cause everything from skin irritation to neurological problems in humans. Grant money would help pay for the cost of analyzing water samples and other costs associated with the program, Gottlieb said.

Andrew Gottlieb

More recently, water samples that show a high risk of toxicity are sent for further analysis, he said. The practice enables the non-profit organization to provide the public with more accurate information about the health and safety of Cape ponds.

Lower Cape TV is looking for funds to make buildings and programs accessible

Lower Cape TV is in the process of converting its new building on Namskaket Road in Orleans into a studio. Donations and grant money will be used to make the building accessible to people of all abilities and to create closed and open captions for programs, said Executive Director Teresa Martin.

Open and closed captions are important, she said, because the demographics of Lower Cape and what is known about hearing loss patterns, statistically more than a quarter of the population has a hearing loss that prevents them from assimilating information aurally.

Teresa Martin

In addition to the nonprofits in Cape Cod, five other Massachusetts organizations qualified for the crowdsourcing phase of the program, in addition to the more than 700 qualified nonprofits nationwide. Together they want to raise $2 million.

The Gannett Foundation donated more than $17 million to charitable organizations

“A Community Thrives was a great way for Gannett to use its platforms to raise awareness and funds for participating nonprofits,” said Sue Madden, director of the Gannett Foundation. “Over the past five years, the program has donated more than $17 million toward community building projects and local operating expenses for charities across the country.”

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