Our response to COVID-19

We are facing the hardest time in memory. Never have generosity and action been needed more. At the Charitable Foundation, we are committed to doing everything we can — in collaboration with local, state and national partners — to help see our communities through this crisis. Learn more about the Foundation’s strategy to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On this page, you will find updates on the Foundation’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. For more articles about the critical work of New Hampshire nonprofits, resources on how to give and more, please visit our blog page. View a complete list of gifts to the Community Crisis Action Fund, and see a complete list of grants made in response to this crisis.


Charitable Foundation announces newest round of grants and gifts in response to public-health crisis

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Generous New Hampshire people have rallied to help their neighbors, giving more than $3.8 million into the Community Crisis Action Fund since March 20. Nearly $8 million has been granted to community nonprofits since the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold.

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NH Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund application now open

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Fund of the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery will distribute aid to nonprofits affected by the public-health crisis. Deadline for applications is June 25.

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Details announced for NH Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

$60 million state fund from CARES Act allocation will help nonprofits continue to meet important missions for NH communities.

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Charitable Foundation announces latest grants and gifts to support NH during crisis

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Generous New Hampshire people have rallied to help their neighbors, giving a total of $3,670,836 into the Community Crisis Action Fund since March 20. Nearly $7 million has been granted to community nonprofits since the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold.

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Foundation, Center for Nonprofits, CDFA to administer state’s emergency fund for nonprofits

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The $60 million fund, all of which will be disbursed during this calendar year, will support a grants program to be administered by a partnership of the three organizations.

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Charitable Foundation announces additional grants and gifts in response to COVID-19 crisis

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Foundation and its donors are responding to urgent community needs during the current crisis: feeding hungry children and families, sheltering people without homes, delivering meals to elders, caring for the sick, supporting people in recovery and much more. Generous New Hampshire people have rallied to help their neighbors, giving a total of $3,557,828 into the Community Crisis Action Fund since March 20. Since this crisis began to unfold, $6,223,858 in grants have been made in response.

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Everywhere we look, we see people stepping up

Friday, April 10, 2020

To all who are doing the work and all who are providing the fuel and the hope to make it possible: We will never forget your passion. Your commitment. Your advocacy for those who needed you.

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Grants, generosity supporting NH communities in response to crisis

Friday, April 10, 2020

In the past three weeks, $2.4 million in grants have been made to address critical needs in our communities; generous New Hampshire people have contributed $2.6 million to the Community Crisis Action Fund.

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Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Monday, April 6, 2020

Foundation strategy focused on reducing pain and hardship among our most vulnerable neighbors and reducing impact on critical health care and social service systems.

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Collaborative to establish emergency system for child care for essential workers

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Foundation is supporting the New Hampshire Emergency Child Care Collaborative with staffing and philanthropic resources, and will make grants to nonprofit child care centers to help ensure that essential workers have consistent and safe child care during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Adapting our grantmaking during difficult times

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

To help respond to urgent community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation will prioritize support for the most vulnerable in our communities and provide maximum flexibility for grantees.

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Announcing the Community Crisis Action Fund

Friday, March 20, 2020

To support critical work being done in our communities, the Foundation is opening a special “Community Crisis Action Fund” for Foundation donors and others. Never has your generosity been needed more.

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An important update: Foundation switches to remote operations

Monday, March 16, 2020

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s top priority is the health and well-being of our staff and community. We are paying close attention to guidance from public health officials, and want to do what we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

To that end, beginning on Tuesday, March 17th, all New Hampshire Charitable Foundation staff will work remotely until further notice. Our goal is to maintain as close to a normal level of operations as is possible.

If you need to reach our staff, you can find a full contact list on our website. Staff will respond to your email or voicemail as soon as they are able.

If you’re not sure whom to contact, call our main number at 800-464-6641 and leave a voice mail message. We will be checking messages regularly and will return your call as soon as possible. You can also try the following:

For scholarship inquiries, please contact Hannah Robinson, community impact associate, at hannah.robinson@nhcf.org or 603-225-6641 ext. 201

For grant inquiries, please contact Wendy Cahill, senior community grants associate, at wendy.cahill@nhcf.org 603-225-6641 ext. 21249

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

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)

Our website is always available to apply for a grant or scholarship or manage your fund.

As this crisis continues to evolve, additional adjustments may be necessary. No matter where we are working, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is committed to being here for all of you.

We will continue to assess our grantmaking and scholarship programs and adapt to changing conditions so we can best support New Hampshire nonprofits and students as we all navigate this unsettling time together. We will be connecting with other New Hampshire funders later this week to find ways to work together as we respond to community needs. We will be in touch soon with more updates.

Thank you.


Supporting New Hampshire communities during challenging times

Friday, March 13, 2020

As we all know, the situation with COVID-19 is changing daily. While it is impossible to predict what will happen in the coming weeks and even months, the Charitable Foundation will be prepared to help when the people of New Hampshire most need us.

First and most important, the Foundation is closely tracking and following guidance from public health officials to keep our staff and community safe and to do what we can to help slow the spread of this virus.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking Foundation staff to move all meetings to phone or video conference whenever feasible. If you have a meeting scheduled, a staff person will be in touch to provide further detail.

We’re also planning carefully to ensure the continuity of operations — so we can continue to fund the important work of our nonprofit partners, distribute scholarships to New Hampshire students and help our donors support the nonprofit organizations doing critical work in our communities. You can always reach us at our main number 800-464-6641. Our website is available to contact our staff, apply for a grant or scholarship or manage your fund.

We’re reviewing existing grantmaking programs to see where we can provide more assistance and flexibility as nonprofits work to mitigate the impact of this pandemic.

We know that, when faced with a challenge, the people of New Hampshire will want to step up and help their neighbors. It’s who we are. We strongly encourage continued giving. The current situation will challenge us all, and our nonprofit partners will need help more than ever.

Like all organizations, we will adapt as this situation develops. We will post updates on the Foundation’s website and will communicate via email (subscribe to Foundation email announcements) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) with future announcements.

The Foundation has supported New Hampshire communities through many challenges since 1962. We will continue to do exactly that.