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Community Crisis Action Fund

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

This is the hardest time we have faced in memory. It is time to act for our neighbors who are most vulnerable — with compassion, with vision and with focus.

Never have generosity and action been needed more.


This fund will support a strategic response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Immediate unrestricted grants to scores of nonprofits working on the front lines to reduce the pain and hardship from COVID-19 for our most vulnerable neighbors — food for hungry kids and seniors, shelter for homeless people and families, transportation, whatever assistance is needed wherever it is needed.
  2. Strategic grants to help reduce the longer-term impact of COVID-19 on critical systems such as health care, emergency response, child care and food security — especially for marginalized children and families. These grants will complement and amplify other funding sources, including public appropriations.
  3. Support for local emergency funds being set up by United Ways and other grassroots funders to get assistance directly to individuals and families who need it most.

Every penny of the Community Crisis Action Fund will go to the community.


Frequently asked questions


How can I give?

You can give online; send a check to NHCF Community Crisis Action Fund, 37 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301; or make a gift of securities and other assets by contacting Richard Peck, vice president of development and philanthropy services, at richard.peck@nhcf.org or 603-225-6641 ext. 265. See below for contact information if you have questions.

Can individuals apply for assistance from this fund?

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on individuals and families. This fund will support community-based organizations that are directly supporting families and residents. But unfortunately, we are not able to make direct grants to individuals. The Granite United Way’s 2-1-1 Contact Center provides a clearinghouse of information, including information about applying for Medicaid Insurance and unemployment benefits. There are many ways to connect to 2-1-1 including by phone, chat, email or mobile app. 2-1-1 is available 24-hours and 7 days-a-week. Visit www.211nh.org to learn more.

Can I transfer money from an existing donor-advised fund into the Community Crisis Action Fund?

Yes. If you have a donor-advised fund at the Foundation, you can log into MyNHCF to make a fund transfer, contact your senior philanthropy advisor, or call 1-800-464-6641, and select option three for donor services. If you have a donor-advised fund at another institution, you can recommend a grant from that fund to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and note “for the Community Crisis Action Fund” in the purpose language.

May I target my donation to a specific region or organization?

Grants from the Community Crisis Action Fund will not be restricted by region or project — so they can be used where needs are most pressing. If you would like to make a donation to a specific organization, we encourage a direct contribution.

My nonprofit organization is interested in resources from this fund. How can we be considered?

We understand organizations are in crisis and the people you serve are hurting. We will move initial funds to the community as quickly as possible, and will develop a process for additional grantmaking as fund contributions grow. Further information will be posted on the Foundation’s website soon and emailed directly to our nonprofit partners as well.

How much of my donation will go to communities to support those affected by this crisis?

One hundred percent.

Should I give to this fund instead of making other donations?

This fund was created to complement other efforts being undertaken, including those by the Granite United WayMonadnock United Way, United Way of Greater NashuaUnited Way of the Greater Seacoast and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund. Direct donations to nonprofits are also critical right now. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need additional help.

When will you share who you fund?

We anticipate making a first round of grants in the coming weeks, and will share a list of grantees on the Foundation’s website. We will also report to our community on the impact of their work in the coming months.


Contact information

For donor inquiries, please contact:

  • Richard Peck, vice president of development and philanthropy services, at richard.peck@nhcf.org or 603-225-6641 ext. 265
  • Melinda Mosier, director of donor services, at melinda.mosier@nhcf.org or 603-225-6641 ext. 266
  • Laura Rauscher, director of development and philanthropy services, at laura.rauscher@nhcf.org or 603-225-6641 ext. 274

For media inquiries, please contact:

  • Kristen Oliveri, vice president of communications and marketing, at kristen.oliveri@nhcf.org or 603-225-6641 ext. 267 or 603-315-0617 (mobile)

For grant inquiries, please contact:

  • Anne Phillips, director of grantmaking and senior program officer, at anne.phillips@nhcf.org or 603-225-6641 ext.232
  • Wendy Cahill, senior community grants associate, at wendy.cahill@nhcf.org or 603-225-6641 ext. 21249



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