Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award

Annual awards for excellence in nonprofit management are presented by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in honor of Walter J. Dunfey — New Hampshire businessman, philanthropist and civic leader. This award celebrates outstanding management, skill and talent within the nonprofit sector. One award will be given to a nonprofit organization, based on written submissions and interviews of finalists. The award recipient is selected by a panel of business and community leaders who review the applications and participate in the interviews of the finalists.

  • Geographic focus

    Applicants must be incorporated and located in New Hampshire and a significant proportion of those served must be New Hampshire residents. Local chapters of national organizations may apply, provided their organizations are locally managed and have full financial information available on a local basis.

  • Eligibility

    All organizations applying must be public charities tax‐exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code. In keeping with longstanding guidelines, the competition is not open to hospitals or colleges. Social, religious, fraternal, labor, and athletic groups are also not eligible to apply. Past award recipients are eligible to reapply after 10 years.

  • Grant amount

    $5,000 in unrestricted funding

  • Previous award recipients


    The Farnum Center


    Lakes Region Child Care Services
    New Hampshire Children’s Trust


    CATCH Neighborhood Housing
    Cornerstone VNA


    Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley
    Lakes Region Community Services


    City Year New Hampshire
    Community Bridges


    Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services
    Nashua Pastoral Care Center


    NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence


    Granite State Independent Living
    Partnership for Successful Living
    The Student Conservation Association


    National Alliance on Mental Illness-NH
    New Hampshire Legal Assistance


    Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Inc
    PlusTime NH


    Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association
    Child Health Services


    Families in Transition
    Moore Center Services, Inc.


    Families First Health and Support Center
    The Friends Program, Inc.


    Canterbury Shaker Village
    Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Inc.


    Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire
    Home Health & Hospice Care
    Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc.


    Capitol Center for the Arts
    New Hampshire Humanities Council
    The Way Home


    Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Nashua, Inc.
    Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice


    Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
    Strawbery Banke, Inc.


    The Ausbon Sargent Preservation Trust
    Lamprey Health Care
    The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester


    Concord Community Music School
    NH Public Radio
    NH Special Olympics


    Community Developmental Services, Portsmouth
    Concord Area Trust For Community Housing (CATCH)


    Coos County Family Health Services
    Currier Gallery of Art
    Spaulding Youth Center


    Canterbury Shaker Village
    Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter
    New Hampshire Community Loan Fund


    Crotched Mountain Foundation
    Granite State Independent Living Foundation
    New Hampshire Historical Society


    Belknap Mill Society
    Easter Seal Society of New Hampshire
    Home Health and Hospice Care
    The Mayhew Program


    Ammonoosuc Family Health Services
    Gateways Community Services
    New Hampshire Music Festival


    Peterborough Players
    Strafford Guidance Center, Inc.
    Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester & Southern New Hampshire


    Hospice of Cheshire County
    Montshire Museum of Science
    Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center


  • Types of projects funded

    Applicants are asked to address the following areas of organizational capacity: program delivery and impact, vision and strategy, governance and leadership, strategic relationships, resource development, internal operations and management.

  • Application deadline

    Please check back for 2018 application deadline.

Application and grant process

Step 1

Determine eligibility.

Carefully read the information provided above to determine if you are eligible. If you have questions about your organization’s eligibility, please contact Gale Dean at gale.dean@nhcf.org.

Step 2

Log in or create a new profile in GrantSource.

If you have previously applied for grants from the Foundation through GrantSource, please log in with the email from your previous account, and click the “forgot password” feature to initially log in and then change your password. Then make any necessary updates to your profile. If you have never applied, please create a new profile using the “Register here” button.

Step 3

Complete and submit the online application. Please check back for 2017 deadline.

To help prepare, please review the application questions.

Step 4

Invitation for an interview. 

Finalists will be selected by mid-August. The Executive Director/CEO and board chair of each finalist organizations will be invited for an interview with the selection committee in late-August.

Step 5

Receive funding.

If your organization is selected, you will be recognized with this award at the NH Center for Nonprofit’s annual Leadership Summit. The grant award will be issued shortly after that event.

Step 6

Publicize your grant.

If you are awarded funding and you’d like to share the good news, please refer to our grantee press kit.

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  • Gale Dean
  • Grants and Initiatives Manager