By Kirsten Scobie, Director of Tillotson Funds |
Opportunities for kids are expanding. Access to health care is being improved. Locally-grown food is becoming more widely available. Community forests are being created. Businesses are getting professional technical assistance. A strong network of local leaders is working to improve North Country communities. Hungry children are being fed. Arts venues are flourishing.
Explore the full 2015 Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Report to the Community, including a full list of grants made to strengthen communities in the North Country and surrounding regions.
Read the 2015 Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Report to the Community (PDF)
Tillotson Fund awards more than $1.9 million for North Country communities
Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund grants support essential needs for individuals and families, a healthy workforce ecosystem, environmental stewardship, and more.
Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund awards more than $350,000 to support North Country efforts
Funding from application grant programs in third and fourth quarters provides support to more than 55 organizations serving Coös County and bordering communities.
Tillotson Fund releases five-year strategic plan
As the North Country region grows and transforms, the Tillotson Fund will continue to build deep community connection and ensure that the philosophy and legacies of Neil and Louise Tillotson are embedded into the work.
Together we build a better future
As the technology has gotten cheaper and the climate crisis bears down, interest in efficiency continues to rise. Clean Energy NH is helping communities around the state become more energy efficient.
Sports, adapted for all
Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country provides year-round opportunities for sport, recreation and wellness, enriching quality of life for people with disabilities.
Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund 2021 Report to Community
In 2021, the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund made more than $3.7 million in grants to support the North Country and surrounding communities in Quebec and Vermont. Read the stories of how the North Country's nonprofit sector has faced the combined challenges of our times with tenacity, ingenuity and strength.
A teacher for the trades — and for life
Eugene Reid is a self-described “shop teacher” who has shaped the lives of generations of students. He is the recipient of the 2021 Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship, which was created to support excellent public school teachers and reward their commitment to schools in the North Country.
Stories of community resilience
The people, communities and nonprofits of the North Country have responded to this time of great challenge with great resilience. Read more in the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund 2020 Report to the Community.
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.
Addressing food insecurity north of the Notches
The New Hampshire Food Bank has hired a North Country food systems coordinator, with help from a grant from the Foundation's Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, to work with local organizations, strengthen infrastructure, improve accessibility to fresh food and improve distribution in the region.