Sea change: Woods Hole’s new scientific leaders take the helm

Two institutions in the Woods Hole scientific community are welcoming new leadership this year, and both men say their biggest challenge will be to find new ways to fund their science without relying on government grants.

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Young volunteers show their community spirit

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The secret to finding and nurturing youth volunteers may have been on the wall of a conference room Wednesday at the Cape and Islands annual Philanthropy Day conference. Read more.

Cape nonprofit groups eye smart growth

Cape Cod Times/Merrily Cassidy

The growth at WE CAN, a Harwich Port-based women’s empowerment nonprofit, has been nothing short of meteoric since it left its rented space above Bonatt’s Bakery and Restaurant and into its own home about a mile down Route 28 in early 2013.

What had been a slow and steady increase in demand took off, with more than 6,700 women calling or coming in for assistance in the first nine months of 2014 and more than 1,800 participating in one of its programs in the same span. The figures have tripled and doubled, respectively, compared to 2010 levels.

But before any of its growth began, and before it takes on any new program, its leadership asks key questions about the possible expansion: Does the community need it? Does the service exist elsewhere? If not, can we afford to take it on? Read more.

Cape nonprofit agencies rebounding from the recession

Marcella Hennigan, 6, of Dennis, far left, practices fifth position with other elementary ballet classmates at Cape Cod Conservatory. The conservatory's recent merger with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra has been mutually beneficial. Cape Cod Times/Christine Hochkeppel

Nonprofits on Cape Cod and across the country didn’t have the luxury of closing their doors during the worst of the recession. They were too busy providing health care, shelter and food to those whose livelihoods were suffering.

But as they survived, they suffered. They lost donations, their investments dipped in the stock market and many were forced to cut back on their programs or cut their staffsRead more.