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New instruments headed to Laconia, Manchester

Grants from the David M. Brooks Music Fund are sending new cellos, trumpets, trombones, flutes, violins and more to children in Manchester public schools; and guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and xylophones to public-school children in Laconia



New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announces five scholarship recipients for the Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship Fund

The Bill and Esther Levy Scholarships support students from A. Crosby Kennett High School in Conway — awarding $62,000 in scholarships in 2019



2019 Annual Meeting: Where do you find community?

Photos, video from gathering of more than 700 people to celebrate the extraordinary ways that ordinary people are building and strengthening community across the Granite State



Elizabeth A. Dragon awarded Caroline and Martin Gross Fellowship

Gross Fellowship, now in its 25th year, enables a New Hampshire public servant to attend the three-week Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The fellowship honors an extraordinary elected or appointed official in New Hampshire state or local government who demonstrates leadership ability and the highest standards of performance in public service



‘To serve and give and make something better’

Tricia and Paul Casey have included the Foundation in their will and want their charitable dollars to be deployed where they are needed most — whatever the future may bring



Estate giving: a legacy for good, forever

One generous family kickstarted the greatest charitable legacy that New Hampshire has ever known. The Charitable Foundation's Spaulding-Potter Circle Legacy Society is named in their honor. When generous people include the Foundation in their estate plans, they join the Spauldings and Potters in that legacy for good.



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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.


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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.

  • The Power of Many: giving and working together for NH

    A few examples of recent grants making a difference in communities around the Granite State: Portsmouth Music and Arts Center builds community through the arts; Christa McAuliffe's legacy continues; Kids in Chichester get new playground equipment; Empower Coös Youth Grant Committee makes its first round of grants; Veterans get support and services; History is preserved in Manchester; The largest remaining dairy farm in the Monadnock region is conserved

  • Community matters

    Results of the 10-year Coös Youth Study by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire show that a strong civic culture and deep sense of community act as protective factors for young people in the North Country, even as the region struggles to adapt to a shifting economy and out-migration. Data will be used to inform grantmaking in the region

  • Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund announces more than $350,000 in grants to support efforts in the North Country

    Adventure seekers will learn about mountain-biking opportunities in Coös County thanks to a new marketing campaign. A local theatre will entertain thousands of guests with live performances and film. And more


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Substance Use Disorders Portfolio

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

  • 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

  • A New Life program is helping moms and babies thrive

    Moms and babies affected by the state's opioid crisis are getting wraparound treatment and services in a midwife-created program at North Conway's Memorial Hospital

  • Survey data show reasons to celebrate prevention

    Youth Risk Behavior Survey is critical in understanding young people's risk factors for addiction — and in tailoring efforts to help them stay healthy


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Entrepreneurs’ Fund of New Hampshire

EFNH makes philanthropy part of how business is done in New Hampshire.


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Smarter Pathways

We’re bringing state leaders together to prepare New Hampshire students for the workforce of tomorrow.

  • Meet Michael Turmelle

    New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's new director of education and career initiatives on advancing "65 by 25," the barriers too many kids face, and the tennis coach who changed his life

  • Building economic opportunity

    Foundation VP of Community Impact Katie Merrow outlines how the Foundation is working to increase opportunities for our kids – and help businesses to thrive – in this "Business Monadnock" article

  • A promising future

    Foundation scholarships help Paige Libbey prepare for a STEM career in New Hampshire


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Wellborn Ecology Fund

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

  • 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

  • Why animals’ eyes shine at night (but people’s don’t)

    In the latest installment of "The Outside Story," sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund, learn about eyeshine in animals, which is produced by a membrane called the tapetum lucidum (“tapestry of light”), a reflective surface located behind the retina

  • The power of a very generous crowd

    Here are just a few examples of what happens in New Hampshire communities when people give, and work, together


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