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Cape Cod Foundation President to Resign after 12 Years in Post

Elizabeth Gawron
January 12, 2012 — The Cape Cod Foundation, based in Yarmouthport, today announced the resignation of its longtime president, Elizabeth Gawron, who oversaw a more than fivefold growth in the organization’s endowment, and said it would initiate a nationwide search to find a successor.

Jennifer S. D. Roberts, board chair of the Cape Cod Foundation, credited Gawron with leading the organization during an important period in its development with great professionalism and noteworthy success.

“Elizabeth has left her mark on Cape Cod and its philanthropic community, and we are all the better for her efforts,” Roberts said.

Gawron's last day on the job will be March 2.

Roberts said that during Gawron’s tenure, the foundation’s endowment grew from $7 million to its current $38 million while distributing more than $42 million in grants and scholarships.

“My decision to leave the Cape Cod Foundation was not an easy one,” Gawron said. “Yet, after 12 successful years with the organization, I believe it is time for new beginnings in my own career. My time with the Foundation has been professionally and personally fulfilling. I leave with best wishes for its growth and continued success moving forward, and excitement about my future work in other philanthropic arenas.”

Since its founding in 1989 as the Community Foundation of Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Foundation accepts and invests charitable donations that are returned to the community through charitable grants and scholarships.

Of the foundation’s many other accomplishments under Gawron’s leadership, Roberts said, was a report on key issues affecting the Cape community, called “Understanding Cape Cod,” which she said continues to provide a blueprint for addressing issues of Cape-wide concern.

Gawron also was instrumental in creating a collaboration of local foundations to support the successful merger of the Cape Cod Symphony, based in Yarmouthport, and the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music and Arts with campuses in Falmouth and West Barnstable.

Roberts also noted the continued success of the GALE (Gay and Lesbian Equity) Fund and the creation of the foundation’s first area fund, The Falmouth Fund, as other important achievements during Gawron’s tenure.

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