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Sylvain Bukasa, a farmer at Fresh Start Farm in Dunbarton, which is operated by the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

Sylvain Bukasa, a farmer at Fresh Start Farm in Dunbarton, which is operated by the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

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

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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?

Funds from the Community Crisis Action Fund will be used to make strategic, proactive grants to nonprofits and to increase funds available for existing grantmaking programs. There are multiple ways for nonprofits to apply for funds from the Foundation. Foundation program officers are available to discuss potential avenues for your organization. (Contact your program officer.) Further details are also available on our website.


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. 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?

Please visit our COVID-19 response page for a full listing of grants made to support COVID-relief efforts.

 

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