The Chandlers: A legacy of charity

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

The Cape and Islands United Way is privileged to be one of several recipients of the Robert and Mary Katherine Chandler Family Trust.

Bob and Mary Catherine Chandler

Bob and Mary Katherine Chandler were ardent supporters of the United Way throughout their lives and remembered the Cape and Mass Bay organizations in their estate planning.


Bob had a very successful career, including serving as President/CEO of the Massachusetts Bay United Way and later for the Archdiocese of Boston as director of development. Bob and Mary Katherine raised seven children and lived in the metro Boston area and also had a home on the Cape in New Seabury.


Mark Skala, President/CEO of the Cape and Islands United Way, accepted the bequest last week, presented to him by members of the Chandler family.



We are incredibly grateful for this generous bequest and it comes at a time when our community needs us more than ever, Skala noted. The Chandlers were generous throughout their lives in so many ways and that continues as part of their legacy.

Part of their legacy gift is being utilized toward initiatives assisting homeless families and homeless veterans.


If you are thinking of the United Way in your estate planning, please feel free to reach out to Mark at mskala@uwcapecod.org for more information.