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Check out the latest posts from the Foundation and our partners, read about great grants and the great donors who make them possible, and learn about the Foundation's initiatives to strengthen New Hampshire communities.

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Attempts to erode LGBTQ rights undermine the NH community

Our LGBTQ families, friends, neighbors and allies deserve to live in a New Hampshire community where they are safe, where they are respected, where they belong. As the legislature and governor have correctly recognized in the past — and as they should again — that kind of New Hampshire community is better for us all.



Report: Registration is key to encouraging young people to vote

A new report published by The Civics Center in partnership with the Coalition for Open Democracy shows that local voter registration drives can kickstart a commitment to voting – and that when our youngest eligible voters are registered, they do show up to cast their ballots. But New Hampshire has plenty of room to improve when it comes to encouraging young voters to register.



Boosting community vitality

Since 1993, the nonprofit Vital Communities has been bringing people together across sectors to tackle among the most complex challenges facing the region.



Children’s Resiliency Retreat helps young people tap into strength, community, joy

Program at the Boys and Girls Club of the Souhegan Valley helps young people whose lives have been affected by a family member's substance use disorder.



New report highlights model for success in building on-ramps to careers

Collaboration between schools, employers, chambers of commerce and community colleges is key to building hyperlocal career pathways for young people to launch careers in everything from the trades to health care to public safety.



Medical-legal partnership aims to improve health outcomes for families

Dartmouth Health and New Hampshire Legal Assistance have teamed up to support family health by identifying health disparities and addressing legal needs to improve health outcomes.



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New Hampshire Tomorrow

The Foundation is investing to increase opportunity for New Hampshire’s kids — from cradle to career.

  • Bringing it Home

    The Monadnock Economic Development Corporation is working to increase child care availability in the region through the “Bringing it Home” program, which is supporting in-home child care providers.

  • An evolution

    An integrated response to mental health and substance use disorders is key to promoting health and well-being — and to saving lives. As the science in the field has evolved, so has our work.

  • From chaos to thriving

    CASA volunteers bring stability and consistency to children who need it most. Judges refer a child to CASA when the state opens a child protection case. A volunteer CASA advocate is a child’s representative through court proceedings, developing a trusting relationship and offering extensive information to help judges decide what is best for the child.


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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.


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Substance Use Disorders/Behavioral Health Portfolio

An integrated response to mental health and substance use disorders is key to promoting health and well-being — and to saving lives.


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Wellborn Ecology Fund

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

  • Helping schools pivot to outdoor learning

    As schools began to close this past spring, educators across the state scrambled to figure out how to keep teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. Programs supported by the Wellborn Ecology Fund have been helping schools move to more outdoor instruction for years, and more schools are now making "outdoor classrooms" a regular part of the school day.

  • 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


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