Orleans resident named to position
YARMOUTHPORT â?? A wide and thorough search for a new director of development landed The Cape Cod Foundation in their own back yard. This week Elizabeth Gawron, President of the Foundation, named Orleans resident and the Foundationâ??s vice-chairman of the Development Committee, John M. Sargent to the position.
Former president of the Coast Guard Foundation in Stonington, CT from 1986 to 2000, Sargent brings more than 30 years of professional fundraising experience to the organization.
â??We are extremely fortunate to have John joining our team,â? said Ms. Gawron. â??His philanthropic knowledge and his experience dealing with a wide range of people and organizations will be critical in helping us to reach our development goals.â?
Mr. Sargent, who also served development director for the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, is the former director of capital campaigns at Wheaton College and former director of corporate relations at Brown University.
A Boston native, Mr. Sargent has summered on the Cape since the early 1960s. Six years ago he became a year-round resident of Orleans where he is President of the Orleans Citizens Forum and a member of the affordable housing committee. His relationship with the Cape Cod Foundation began in a volunteer capacity on the development committee. The transition to the staff has come very easily for him.
â??I am thrilled to be working at what I consider to be the leading philanthropic institution on Cape Cod,â? he said.
The Cape Cod Foundation is a charitable community trust established as a non-profit organization in 1989 to serve the people of Cape Cod by linking community resources with community needs. More importantly, the Foundation extends the reach of philanthropic dollars by pooling and investing funds to leverage more spending ability and provide a perpetual resource for the community. In 2005 the Cape Cod Foundation distributed a record setting amount of funds in grants and scholarships totaling more than $9 million.