The Nantucket Conservation Foundation (NCF) held its annual meeting at the Nantucket Hotel on Tuesday, highlighting a successful year.
Despite the pandemic still affecting operations, this was one of the NCF’s best financial years on record, as it both cut costs and increased income. Much of the increase in income went to funding the purchase of an 8-acre property in Shawkemo, which the Current reported back in December.
"With our purchase of eight acres in Shawkemo and donation of three adjacent acres by David Rosenzweig in the spring of this year, we protected a large part of that important undeveloped land upgradient of the harbor," said NCF interpretive education coordinator and ecologist Neil Foley.
The organization also set a new mark in its Milestone Partners program. Reserved for partners who donate $50,000 or more over the course of five years, Milestone Partners are some of the NCF’s largest donors. The non-profit group added 18 new Milestone Partners, raising its total to 62.
The NCF had their best year on record for public use of their properties, with more people using their land than ever before. This year’s Race for Open Space, the annual 5k fundraiser for the NCF, also had its biggest year ever.
The NCF achieved these increases in income and public participation without furloughing any employees or cutting any of their benefits.
The annual meeting ended with an address by Dr. Sam Telford on Lyme disease ecology and the importance of Nantucket to the history of research on tick-borne illnesses.