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About Us

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire.

We are the place where generosity meets the dedication and ingenuity of nonprofits and the potential of New Hampshire students. For six decades, thousands of people have entrusted their charitable resources to the Foundation, creating a perpetual source of philanthropic capital and making it possible for the Foundation to award more than $60 million in grants and scholarships every year.

Learn more about our work by visiting our blog, What we’re up to, and by reading our Purpose newsletters and annual reports.


Together We Thrive

The Foundation’s new strategic plan is focused on advancing equity and racial justice — to help make New Hampshire a community where everyone can thrive.

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Our Purpose

To make New Hampshire a more just, sustainable and vibrant community where everyone can thrive. We achieve our purpose by:

  • Supporting nonprofit organizations that advance health and well-being, environmental protection, education, housing and other basic needs, arts and culture, civic health and economic security. 
  • Helping New Hampshire students fund the education they need to fulfill their dreams and potential.
  • Connecting generous people with pressing community needs and effective ways to give.
  • Collaborating, building relationships and learning from all of our community partners.
  • Advocating and using our voice on important public issues.
  • Investing charitable assets in alignment with our purpose and values and to ensure a perpetual source of philanthropic capital.


Our Values

ACCOUNTABILITY: We are accountable to those who are affected by our decisions, transparent about how we work, and committed to learning, acknowledging mistakes and improving.

BELONGING: We believe that when many different life experiences are represented and valued, we are a stronger New Hampshire community and a stronger Foundation.

COLLABORATION: We are part of a broad community of people and organizations working to make New Hampshire better and can only accomplish lasting change when we work together.

COURAGE: We act boldly and are willing to take risks and use our influence to address community needs.

EQUITY: We believe that everyone should have the opportunities and resources they need to thrive and that outcomes should not be determined by race, background or identity.

JUSTICE: We acknowledge the harms of systemic racism and discrimination and believe that all people deserve equal rights and fair treatment in every aspect of society.

Staff and volunteers


Governed by a set of bylaws, our staff and board of directors, from all corners of the state, are part of a network for good striving to make New Hampshire better for everyone who calls New Hampshire home.



We come to work every day to make a difference. Want to join us?

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The Foundation can provide spokespersons and subject-matter experts for a wide range of issues including charitable giving and the nonprofit sector; behavioral health; youth opportunity and much more.

For media inquiries, please contact Kristen Oliveri, vice president of communications and marketing at 603-225-6641 ext. 267, 603-315-0617 (mobile) or by email at xevfgra.byvirev@aups.bet.



For more than a half-century, generous New Hampshire individuals, families and businesses have entrusted their philanthropic assets to the Charitable Foundation. The Foundation has a track record of strong investment performance across changing economic times. We seek the best possible return while working to align our investments with our values and avoid undue risk — maximizing dollars available to fund critical work in New Hampshire communities today, while prudently maintaining and growing those resources to maintain an enduring source of philanthropic capital.



The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is accredited with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® — the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. As a recipient of the Accreditation Seal since 2006, we promise to continually demonstrate our commitment to the success and well-being of every cause and person we support, and promise to always serve the people of New Hampshire.