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Please give generously to nonprofits this holiday season

Kathleen Reardon, Richard Ober and Katy Easterly Martey: Nonprofits had New Hampshire’s back when our communities needed them the most. Please, give as generously as you can this holiday season to help New Hampshire’s nonprofits keep meeting their critical missions.



Meet Sonya Salanti

Sonya Salanti of Bethlehem has joined the Charitable Foundation as director of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Funds. She talked to the Foundation’s Lois Shea about the joy of applying her skills in the place where she lives, the Tillotson Funds’ work during COVID – and how volunteering to park cars in the rain helped connect her to her new hometown.



Improving cold storage so more healthy food gets to people in need

A grant from the Community Crisis Action Fund is helping get new refrigerators and freezers to food pantries and soup kitchens around the state, so they can distribute more fresh, healthy food to families.



Teacher Kristin Lizotte reflects on her McAuliffe Sabbatical year

Each year, the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical awards a year-long leave of absence to an exceptional New Hampshire public school teacher. The sabbatical provides the teacher with the time, space, and funding to explore, through a self-designed project, new ideas and ways to enhance classroom teaching. Here, Kearsarge Elementary School teacher Kristin Lizotte, who was awarded the McAuliffe Sabbatical in 2019, reflects on her experience.



More community health workers being deployed in Nashua

New Hampshire’s COVID-19 Equity Response Team recommended deploying an army of COVID-19 response community health workers to help people of color access care, testing and other services and resources to improve health outcomes. A grant from the Foundation’s Community Crisis Action Fund, combined with federal CARES Act funding, is making it possible for the City of Nashua to hire four community health workers to serve communities of color disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.



Trail Finder put trails — and local businesses — on the map

Trail Finder puts up-to-date, trail-manager-sourced information for multiple outdoor activities at users' fingertips, along with information about local businesses — from inns to bike shops to breweries. Grants from the Foundation's Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund are supporting the service.



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New Hampshire Tomorrow

The Foundation is investing in four proven focus areas to increase opportunity for New Hampshire’s kids — from cradle to career.

  • Turning hurt into hope

    Network of Child Advocacy Centers around the state provide a child-centered, consolidated approach to help children at the center of abuse allegations.

  • Progress for the youngest among us

    In recent years, the Charitable Foundation has made investments that helped push statewide policy change and funding, build coalitions and secure significant federal dollars to help improve outcomes for young children. Christina Lachance, who had been leading that work, has now taken the helm as director of the New Hampshire Council For Thriving Children.

  • Mentoring organizations adapt to keep supporting kids

    The support that mentoring programs provide to young people may be more critical than ever during this time of social isolation. These nonprofits have met the moment with tenacity and creativity to keep mentors connected with the kids who rely on them.


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Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund

One of the largest permanent rural philanthropies in the U.S. is strengthening communities and spreading economic opportunity.

  • Meet Sonya Salanti

    Sonya Salanti of Bethlehem has joined the Charitable Foundation as director of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Funds. She talked to the Foundation’s Lois Shea about the joy of applying her skills in the place where she lives, the Tillotson Funds’ work during COVID – and how volunteering to park cars in the rain helped connect her to her new hometown.

  • Trail Finder put trails — and local businesses — on the map

    Trail Finder puts up-to-date, trail-manager-sourced information for multiple outdoor activities at users' fingertips, along with information about local businesses — from inns to bike shops to breweries. Grants from the Foundation's Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund are supporting the service.

  • NH Legal Assistance sees increasing demand for services

    The ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic mean an increase in need for services from the nonprofit that represents people in civil cases. Unlike in criminal cases, litigants in civil court have no guarantee of counsel, even when their homes, economic stability or personal safety are on the line. That is where New Hampshire Legal Assistance comes in. A grant from the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund is helping meet the need.


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Substance Use Disorders Portfolio

The Foundation has made a long-term commitment to reduce substance use among New Hampshire youth.

  • Using telemedicine to deliver on the mission

    Nonprofit community health centers and recovery support centers around the state have quickly implemented telemedicine technology to continue to safely deliver critical services. Grants from the Community Crisis Action Fund have connected them with the computers, cameras, software, improved wifi and cell phones to make it happen.

  • Remembering Charlie DeGrandpre

    Longtime Charitable Foundation board member and regional advisor helped to structure charitable gift that has made a significant difference for people struggling with substance use disorder in New Hampshire.

  • A call to the edge

    A new report shows that New Hampshire has the second-highest rate, per capita, of children who are affected by their parents' opioid misuse. Tym Rourke, director of the Charitable Foundation's "New Hampshire Tomorrow" initiative, on how we all have the opportunity to help make sure these children have the chance to succeed.


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Wellborn Ecology Fund

The Wellborn Ecology Fund is dedicated to increasing environmental and ecological science knowledge in the Upper Valley.

  • Chipmunk Game Theory 101

    The latest installment of "The Outside Story," sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, explains how eastern chipmunks have evolved to be energy maximizers, seeking to strike the optimal balance between energy gain per cheek-pouch load of food and number of trips back to the burrow.

  • Nearly $300,000 in grants will support place-based ecology education

    The Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation supports place-based ecology education in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont

  • Tick-borne diseases on the rise

    In the latest installment of "The Outside Story," sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund: Ticks are more abundant than ever before in northern New England, and tick-borne diseases are on the rise. Read more about why, and how to stay safe while still enjoying time outside this summer


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