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Our Philanthropy

Remain Nantucket is committed to supporting the evolution of a healthy year-round community across the island. Remain taps into continuous dialogue to identify challenges and explore solutions. By supporting resourceful thinking and research, Remain builds on Nantucket’s traditions of independence and innovation while adding expertise from a worldwide network. Remain Nantucket engages in charitable work as a subsidiary of the Schmidt Family Foundation.

Why Philanthropy?

In 2006, Wendy and Eric Schmidt founded the Schmidt Family Foundation—the first of several philanthropic organizations and initiatives they fund to work toward a healthier and more just world. Veterans of Silicon Valley, the Schmidts seek to bring the dynamism, optimism and power of networks and communities to drive change from the world of technology to the world of philanthropy. In 2008, those same lessons and strategies were applied in Nantucket and Remain Nantucket and Remain Ventures were established.

Our Vision


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Since 2008, Remain has spearheaded initiatives on circular economies, renewable energies, environmental resilience, multimodal transportation, affordable housing and regenerative agriculture. It has supported island nonprofits and vitality in the downtown through cultural and community engagement.

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How It Works


Remain Nantucket primarily awards grants to island nonprofits through a partnership with the Community Foundation for Nantucket (CFN). The CFN’s Remain Nantucket Fund supports organizations delivering programs and services to Nantucket residents, enhancing Nantucket’s downtown, fostering professional development and
driving environmental sustainability.


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“The Remain Nantucket Fund has provided significant grantmaking to our island nonprofits in support of environmental initiatives, downtown vitality and professional development. The Community Foundation for Nantucket has been honored to partner with Remain since 2016 and watch the impact those grants have had on our nonprofits and ultimately, our community. Remain Nantucket’s generosity has been outstanding, and I know our nonprofit recipients are most grateful.”

Former Executive Director, Community Foundation for Nantucket