Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Provincetown Community Compact Inc

nurturing community

aka The Compact

Provincetown, MA


The Provincetown Community Compact, Inc. (The Compact) was established in 1993 by Jay Critchley as a community-building and philanthropic organization to support the vitality of the community. The mission of The Compact is to nurture the health and cultural well being of the Provincetown community, its people, and the natural environment of the Lower Cape. The Compact also acts as an incubator (Think-ubator) for social, environmental and artistic projects. The Compact has envisioned Provincetown as a Cultural Sanctuary. As such, our projects express the connection between the arts, the community and the environment.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Jay Critchley

Main Address

Po Box 819

Provincetown, MA 02657 USA


philanthropic, community, environment, art, economy, Lower Cape Cod, swimming, AIDS, Prayer Ribbons, dune shack





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

In 2015 The Compact board held a retreat to asses the organization and affirm our mission going forward. With the 30th anniversary of the Swim for Life in 2017 and The Compact's 25th in 2018, it was an opportune time to look at the future of the organization and our revelence in the community. We reaffirmed our mission as "nurturing community" and developed a strategic plan to implement our objectives.

One problem is the public's lack of visibility and understanding of the full scope of what we do. The Swim for Life is highly visible but the Think-ubator program is much less so, and it's unclear if the community is aware that The Compact has been managing dune shack residencies in the Cape Cod National Seashore for over twenty years.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Dune Shack Residencies


Provincetown Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla

Prayer Ribbons Initiative

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Compact's mission is to nurture community. Our goals are to create sustainable projects that enhance the connection between the environment, the arts and culture and the economy. Our projects are also economic generators, particularly the the Swim for Life and the Think-ubator program.

Collaboration is an essential strategy for success. We encourage and connect project partners with each other to create synergy in the community.

We have created a new website and designed a new logo for the Compact's 25th anniversary. We have enhanced infrastructure by adding additional administrative support to meet the demands of the organization. This included succession planning for its longterm health.

We are reaching out to our present and former Think-ubator projects and inviting them to share their experiences of this collaboration.

We have also established the Prayer Ribbons initiative as a singular project that brings the concept of healing and community building to communities that are experiencing
violence and tragedy. We were invited to return to Orlando, Florida (2018) on the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre with the special strand of Prayer Ribbons honoring the forty-nine victims and those injured.

The Compact board of directors is an active and engaged board that provides support and expertise to the director. The director is the founder of the organization and has successfully marshaled it in an organic way over twenty-five years.

Public support and community response are strong indicators of the success of The Compact. All of our initiatives - Think-ubator, Dune Shacks, Prayer Ribbons and the Swim for Life - are expanding by number of participants and funding. The board of directors reviews projects at each board meeting to ensure positive results.

In 2017 The Compact was given official recognition by the Provincetown International Film Festival, a Think-ubator project that became its own non-profit, for "thirty years of community building". We also took the opportunity during the 30th year of the Swim for Life in 2017 to speak to many community organizations and gatherings about The Swim and The Compact. We created a special "30/25" logo to pair the two back to back anniversaries.

We are writing the history of The Compact and the community through a creative journal, The Compact Chronicles. The director will cull the archives of The Compact, the town and his personal archives of photographs and documents to tell our unique place in the community.

External Reviews


Provincetown Community Compact Inc

Fiscal year: Mar 01 - Feb 28

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?