Cape Cod Foundation Announces New Leadership

Lifelong Cape Codder, Brooks S. Thayer, named chairman of foundation

YARMOUTHPORT ? As a boy growing up in Orleans, Brooks S. Thayer played in the woods where the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and its Nature Center now stand. Recently, he toured the renovated building as the new chairman of the Cape Cod Foundation?s 15-member board. He brought with him a Foundation check to continue its support of the center?s programs.

Thayer, a member of the law firm of LaTanzi Spaulding & Landreth PC in Orleans and a lifelong Cape Codder, is the new chairman of the Cape Cod Foundation. He served as a Foundation director for three years, chairing the Investment Committee and participating on the Grant Review and Legal Committees.


Brooks S. Thayer, chairman of the Cape Cod Foundation, on the right, tours the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center with its director, Robert Prescott, to see the latest developments in its rebuilding and renovation project. Thayer presented Prescott with a donation from the Anne and Ken Brock Fund and notification that the MASS Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a beneficiary of the new Elinor Toop Family Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation. (Photograph by Jennifer Longley.)

A specialist in estate planning and wills, Thayer became involved with the Foundation after years of recommending it to his clients as his ?default charity,? he says. ?I?d have clients who wanted to support a cause, but did know what charities were out there, which ones were reputable, or what charities addressed their interests. I?d suggest calling the Foundation, and it was always able to come up with satisfactory solutions. The Foundation isn?t limited to one area ? it?s an umbrella, so it?s flexible and able to do what the client wants no matter what area of interest.? Thayer also says that for his estate planning, using the Foundation is often a simple and cheap way to create a scholarship, endowment fund or family foundation.

The Cape Cod Foundation links community and individual resources with community needs by building a pool of funds, investing them, and distributing the income to nonprofit organizations and institutions working to support all that is good about Cape Cod. It also supports nonprofits through training, coordination and grants. ?It?s great when you can bring together two organizations to achieve goals which neither could accomplish alone,? Thayer says.

Thayer says the Cape Cod Foundation offers a wealth of resources and opportunities to those interested in charitable giving. ?There are so many ways to go, so many needs,? he observed. ?And you would be amazed how little it takes to make a big impact on Cape Cod, one you can see almost immediately.?
Thayer is active in many local and regional community efforts. He has been involved with the Orleans Commission on Disabilities, several Orleans town committees, the Joshua Nickerson Society, the Raymond Moore Foundation and the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, as well as a member of the Orleans Rescue Squad and Fire Department for almost 30 years.

Other new appointments at the Cape Cod Foundation:
Director Richard M. Page, a retired insurance executive and financial services consultant, has been elected the Foundation vice chairman. A former trustee of Dartmouth College and chair of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Page is also director of the Megantic Fish & Game Corporation and director of the Orleans Pond Coalition. He has an extensive background in volunteer service, having served on numerous boards overseeing nonprofit organizations and overseeing capital campaigns.

Joining the Board for the first time is Martha Ramsey, founding partner of Ramsay & Hanesian, LLP, an elder law firm in Hyannis. She serves on the Board of Directors of Cape Cod Cooperative Bank, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and is a member of the Hyannis Rotary Club, and has received several professional and public service awards.

?We are thrilled to have added this new leadership and the dynamic energy they bring to the board and our mission,? said Elizabeth Gawron, president of the Cape Cod Foundation ?They will be critical to our goal this year to create greater awareness of who we are and what we do throughout the region.?
The Cape Cod Foundation is a charitable community trust established with $10,000 in 1989 to serve the people of Cape Cod by linking community resources with community needs. In just 18 short years the Foundation and its affiliates have grown to over $36 million. 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 2006 the Cape Cod Foundation distributed nearly $4 million in grants and scholarships.

More information about how to become involved with The Cape Cod Foundation can be found by visiting the website, www.capecodfoundation.org or by calling the toll free, 800-947-2322.

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