Provincetown Charitable
Giving Guide

Provincetown has a long tradition of community involvement, whether it’s taking care of its less-fortunate members, supporting the arts, assisting new business ventures, or protecting the environment. With this in mind, we present the ptownie 2020 Provincetown Charitable Giving Guide. All these groups—and the staff and volunteers who keep them running—are part of what makes Ptown, Ptown. We can’t imagine life here without them—and, more importantly, life here couldn’t continue in the same way it does without their tireless and essential contributions to the community.

Residents and visitors alike can participate in a myriad of organizations through charitable giving. Becoming part of these associations means making an investment in the health, welfare, and beauty of Provincetown… and it makes you feel good, too. Whether it’s helping bring a foreign film to Water’s Edge Cinema, helping keep community radio alive and well at WOMR, preserving woods and wetlands with the Conservation Trust, or making sure everyone has one healthy meal a day at the Soup Kitchen, these organizations are all vital to our community’s continued well-being.

Do you love our town? Then here are some ways you can help keep it alive, vibrant, and safe!

Cape School of Arts Charitable Giving

AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod

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The ASGCC is a community-based network of social workers, healthcare professionals, and volunteers who provide life-sustaining services, outreach, and education. Initiatives directly address public health crises through comprehensive medical case management for persons living with HIV/AIDS, STI prevention and screening (with a Drop-In center right on Commercial Street), and harm-reduction and addiction services. The ASGCC relies on volunteers for a variety of activities and accepts donations in many capacities.

Cape School of Art

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Cape School of Art offers a series of educational and instructional programs on American Impressionist painting. Local and visiting artists conduct lectures and painting classes for artists of varying skill levels. The Open Studio also promotes student work with gallery space on MacMillan Pier. Cape School of Art offers a series of classes and gallery discounts for annual membership, and accepts cash donations.

CASAS (Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter)

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CASAS is a no-kill animal shelter that provides care, residence, veterinary services, and adoption opportunities to homeless cats and dogs on the Lower Cape. Additional services include educational outreach and assistance with spay/neuter services. The shelter is staffed entirely by volunteers and is fully funded by donations and fundraising events.

Center for Coastal Studies

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The Center for Coastal Studies is dedicated to understanding, preserving, and protecting our local marine environment. Initiatives range from mitigating coastal erosion to monitoring and testing pollution in the Cape Cod waters to leading the efforts in disentanglement of marine animals. The SEA SPACE Marine Discovery Center engages children with educational activities in the summer, and a range of volunteer opportunities are available for both children and adults. CCS offers many benefits to new members and welcomes donations in all sizes.

Fine Arts Work Center

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FAWC fosters the year-round art community by granting fellowships to a select group of emerging visual artists and writers to live and work in Provincetown during the off-season. Artists from around the world are also welcomed to enroll in on-site summer classes and writing workshops online. FAWC’s programs bring nationally recognized artists and writers to conduct lectures, readings, and exhibitions, which are all free and open to the public. FAWC accepts general cash donations for arts material and stipends.

Friends of Cape Wildlife

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FCW is a network of local citizens dedicated to providing compassionate care, advocacy, and rehabilitation to wildlife. The Hotline for Wildlife project aims to answer calls about ill, injured, or orphaned wildlife. FCW offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities and accepts general cash donations.

Helping Our Women

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HOW provides an array of community resources and support to local women with chronic health conditions. Services range from transportation to medical appointments to financial assistance to one-on-one matching for peer support and companionship. HOW welcomes volunteers of any means and skills, and accepts cash donations and local business sponsorships.

Outer Cape Health Services

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OCHS provides a full range of healthcare and supportive social services to locals regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Clients receive access to primary and specialty medical care, WIC, behavioral health services, pharmacy, and more. With plans for expansion, OCHS currently accepts donations in the forms of cash, IRA, stocks and securities, gift-matching programs, and event sponsorship.

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

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The monument commemorates the pilgrims’ first landing in Provincetown and the drafting of the Mayflower Compact, and the museum exhibits Wampanoag heritage and Provincetown’s evolution. The facilities are also a popular venue for performances, weddings, fundraisers, and community events. Volunteers can enjoy positions as outreach representatives, docents, and theatrical performers. PMPM offers a selection of membership opportunities, and accepts cash donations for special projects and programming, or for general operations.

Provincetown Charitable Giving Guide

Provincetown Art Association & Museum

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PAAM presents fine art exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and cultural events that promote and cultivate appreciation for Provincetown’s contributions to American art. Membership options offer an array of discounts and perks. Cash donations can be directed to general operations, or to specific endeavors such as the John Michael Gray Scholarship, the Art Reach program, or the Provincetown Jazz Festival.

Provincetown Arts Press

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Provincetown Arts Press has been publishing its annual magazine to support and chronicle the Provincetown arts community since 1985. While the publication’s devotion to art, writing, and theater has garnered it several awards, the press also publishes books of poetry, short stories, and monographs.

Provincetown Cares, Inc.

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Provincetown Cares is a fundraising campaign for organizations that have direct, beneficial impacts on the betterment of women’s health in Provincetown. Efforts include theatrical productions and a 5k Diva Dash whose revenue is donated to local nonprofits such as Helping Our Women and Outer Cape Health Services.

The Commons

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The Commons is a collaborative workspace for artists and small businesses dedicated to developing Provincetown’s year-round economy. The Commons seeks to establish an intergenerational working community, develop funds to seed new economic opportunities, and provide access to civic space for creative programming and program development. The Commons welcomes cash and stock donations, and can be contacted directly for naming opportunities in the facility.

Provincetown Community Compact, Inc

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The Compact works to build community through art in Provincetown. The Compact’s most notable projects include the annual Swim 4 Life, dune shacks, prayer ribbons, and Thinkubator, a funding source for new, community-minded projects. The Compact welcomes cash donations in any increment.

Provincetown Community Television

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PTV is a Provincetown-exclusive media center that covers town regulatory board meetings, operates the local community television channels, and provides the community with low- or no-cost training, education, and access to media technology. PTV membership grants access to the Commercial Street studio, field production equipment, a multi-media lab, and hands-on training. PTV accepts cash donations in any amount.

Provincetown Conservation Trust

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The Provincetown Conservation Trust is dedicated to preserving the woods, wetlands, heathlands, dunes, and forest of Provincetown. Volunteers manage and restore gifted properties and work to prevent overdevelopment. Cash donations help with land surveys, maps, and other legal costs.

Provincetown Dog Park Association

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The Pilgrim Bark Park is a one-acre parcel of land dedicated to the dogs of Provincetown. Dogs can run free, off leash, and socialize in a safe space—there’s even a section exclusively for small dogs under 25 lbs. The Dog Park Association accepts cash donations to clean, maintain, and improve the park. Pilgrim Bark Park also sells merchandise, offers advertising opportunities, and welcomes volunteers.

Provincetown Film Society Inc.

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The PFS is dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film through three major initiatives: the annual International Film Festival, the year-round theater operation at Water’s Edge Cinema, and the emerging residencies and conferences for film and media artists. Membership options include discounts and private screenings. Business sponsors are promoted throughout the festival. Cash donations can be program-specific. And volunteers are always welcome.

Provincetown Jazz Festival

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The annual Provincetown Jazz Festival offers world-class performances by notable and emerging musicians, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to local organizations who provide direct support to the Provincetown community. The festival welcomes local business sponsors.

Provincetown PTA

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Provincetown PTA is a diverse group of individuals dedicated to the promotion of children’s health, well-being, and educational success. Through strong parent, family, and community involvement we advocate responsible educational policies in the Provincetown Schools, provide financial assistance for special school needs, and sponsor supervised social events for children attending the Provincetown Schools.

Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival

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The festival honors Tennessee Williams by presenting his classic and undiscovered plays, the work of his peers, and new work inspired by Williams’ creative vision worldwide. The festival contributes to the cultural wealth of Provincetown by celebrating Williams’ connection to Cape Cod, his evolving international importance, and his avant-garde spirit.

Provincetown Theater Foundation

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The PTF encourages, promotes, and sustains performing arts through a year-round schedule of programming at the Provincetown Theater. The PTF welcomes cash donations, stocks and bonds, corporate sponsorship and advertising, and more.

Soup Kitchen in Provincetown

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SKIP provides over 15,000 hot, nutritious lunches to local residents each season, providing for those who are either food insecure or seeking community in the quiet Provincetown winter. SKIP has expanded its services by offering take-home meals for the weekends, homelessness prevention assistance, nutrition counseling, and health monitoring. SKIP welcomes cash donations as well as stock and legacy gifts. Other options include sponsored lunches, food donations, and volunteering to prep or serve lunch.

Twenty Summers

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Twenty Summers is an annual series of concerts, open studios, and community events that take place in the renovated Hawthorne Barn, the site of the original Cape Cod School of Art. Twenty Summers invites artists to its residency program, where artists work in the space between events. Members and volunteers can enjoy discounts and freebies. Donations are welcomed in the form of cash or goods and services from local businesses.

West End Racing Children’s Community Sailing

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WERCCS offers low-cost instruction in sailing and sailboat racing for children between the ages of eight and 14, and is open to both residents and visitors. WERCCS has a selection of vessels and can accommodate any skill level. WERCCS accepts cash donations in any amount.

WOMR 92.1 FM, Lower Cape Communications, Inc.

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WOMR is a year-round community radio station that offers eclectic local programming. Provincetown community members are encouraged to share ideas for new projects, volunteer at the station, underwrite a program, or donate cash or excess solar power.

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