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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation grants nearly $3.2 million in operating support to nonprofits

Funding from Foundation's Community Grants program is focused on providing multiyear operating support to nonprofits working all over New Hampshire.



Australia’s bush fires: Here’s what you can do to help

Australian Communities Foundation shares information on how to best help their country recover in the months and years ahead.



From a Lego robotics kit to ocean engineering

Matthias Page of Claremont, an ocean engineering and mathematics major at the University of New Hampshire, is working his way through school with help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship.



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.



‘Energy circuit rider’ helps towns become more energy-efficient

New position created with funding from Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund brings energy-efficiency to towns and school districts, with an eye to driving demand for sustainable energy systems and creating jobs in related industries



Strengthening their community with philanthropy

Outdoor Pride Landscaping and Snow Management in Manchester, named one of Forbes' "Best Small Companies of 2019," gives to have an impact on the community where they live, work and play.



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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.

  • From a Lego robotics kit to ocean engineering

    Matthias Page of Claremont, an ocean engineering and mathematics major at the University of New Hampshire, is working his way through school with help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship.

  • Person-to-person philanthropy

    More than 400 New Hampshire people and families have set up scholarship funds at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to help other New Hampshire people get the education they need.

  • ‘You are destined for greater things’

    Charitable Foundation Student Aid program helps some 1,500 students each year get the education they need to achieve their dreams.


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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.

  • ‘Energy circuit rider’ helps towns become more energy-efficient

    New position created with funding from Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund brings energy-efficiency to towns and school districts, with an eye to driving demand for sustainable energy systems and creating jobs in related industries

  • Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund announces more than $210,000 in grants to support efforts in the North Country

    Hikers exploring the Cohos Trail in Pittsburg will cross bogs using new bridges — and leave vegetation intact. The City of Berlin will update its master plan. Teachers in Colebrook will get the tools they need to support the social and emotional well-being of their students. And more

  • Dreaming big for the North Country

    Megan Flanagan, a four-year recipient of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Scholarship, graduated last spring from the University of Vermont with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. She is now pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration while running two small businesses — and dreaming of a bright future in the North Country


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Substance Use Disorders Portfolio

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

  • 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.

  • Charitable Foundation designated a ‘recovery-friendly workplace’

    The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has been designated a recovery-friendly workplace by Governor Christopher T. Sununu. The governor’s “recovery-friendly workplace initiative” promotes wellness for Granite Staters by empowering workplaces to provide support for people recovering from substance use disorders and those supporting family members in recovery

  • Shaping policy through advocacy

    The Charitable Foundation's Tym Rourke reflects on the history of a policy-first approach to funding in the area of substance use disorders prevention, treatment and recovery that was not always popular, but that has led to lasting and meaningful change. Rourke and Charitable Foundation President and CEO Richard Ober will be presenting on "Foundations and Policy Leadership" at the Center for Effective Philanthropy's national conference in May


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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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