Charitable Giving

Since their inception, The Davenport Companies have given back generously to the community. They consider these continuing contributions among their greatest successes. The Davenport Companies family and its employees donate time to their communities and match funds for charitable giving in many ways throughout the year.
Palmer & Jane D. Davenport Foundation | Apply online
The Palmer and Jane D. Davenport Foundation was established in 2007 to improve the health, welfare and quality of life for people living on Cape Cod and the Islands. The foundation has established the following goals:

• To broaden public access to the highest level of quality healthcare for residents and visitors.
• To foster opportunities for the creation and implementation of new technology acquisitions or facility expansion projects for regional health, social and human service agencies or providers.
• To encourage organizations to leverage the grants so as to produce meaningful results for the recipients.
John K. & Thirza F. Davenport Arts Foundation | Apply online
The John K. and Thirza F. Davenport Foundation will accept grant requests from Barnstable County based nonprofit organizations with a commitment to excellence in the visual and performing arts. Preferences will be given to projects, activities or capital needs that are one-time and student driven situations. Special consideration will be granted to Mid-Cape based and matching funded events.
The John K. & Thirza F. Davenport Foundation was established in 1985 to grant scholarships to Barnstable County residents in their last two years of undergraduate study or, preferably, graduate work in the visual and performing arts.
Applications may be completed here or obtained from the Foundation's office at 20 North Main St., South Yarmouth MA 02664. Personal interviews are an integral part of the scholarship granting process. Applications are reviewed each spring. The deadline for consideration during the current year is June 7.
All scholarships will be based on need, ability, grades and proven desire in the field of endeavor, be it theatre, music or art. Scholarships are granted on a year to year basis, without commitments for continuous funding.
The primary funding for the Foundation has come from family members, Davenport Realty Trust, and private gifts. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to return to the Foundation the amounts they were awarded, when reasonably possible, in order to expand its assistance to others in need of scholarship aid.
Charitable Giving - The Charitable Donation Committee
The Charitable Donation Committee supports organizations providing benefits and services in communities where the company conducts business.
The Board of Governance, Charitable Donation Committee, meets twice yearly in June and December to review grant applications. The committee strives "to give to organizations providing the broadest benefit to the greatest number of residents in communities where the company conducts business. In addition, the committee strives to help a cross-section of nonprofit organizations that receive donations balanced between health and human services, education and preservation."
Some previous recipients:

• The Food Pantry • Yarmouth Conservation Trust
• Hospice of Cape Cod • Harwich Conservation Trust
• Champ House • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
• Nauset, Inc. • The Leukemia Association
• Cape Cod Regional Technical High School • Cape Cod Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
• Cape Cod Child Development • Dream Day on Cape Cod
• Cape Aids Ministry • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
• Community Connections • Dennis-Yarmouth Ecumenical Council
• YMCA of Cape Cod  
Seaside Le Mans - The Race for the Cape Cod Community
In 2001, The Davenport Companies created and organized the Seaside Le Mans, a professional Formula 1 kart race, which raises funds for local nonprofit organizations. As of 2022, the event has raised nearly $9 million through sponsorships and matching funds, all of which goes directly to Cape Cod-based organizations. The Davenport Companies underwrites the cost of the entire event, which is owned and operated by Seaside Le Mans, Inc. Seaside Le Mans is a fund of the Cape Cod Foundation.
Cape Cod Hospital Expansion
The Davenport Companies are proud to be a major contributor to the renovation and expansion of Cape Cod Hospital, an award winning regional medical facility. The Davenport-Mugar Regional Cancer Center provides the most advanced technology and cancer treatment alternatives to residents of Cape Cod and the islands and is affiliated with Dana Farber/Partners Cancer Network
Please be aware that we receive a large number of donation requests and must limit our donations to organizations within the specific geographic regions of Cape Cod, MA and Canton, CT.