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Lois R. Shea

Senior Writer and Communications Officer





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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.

New community health workers will help with COVID response in Manchester

In Manchester, four new community health workers will soon be in action, helping that city’s Health Department reach out to and better serve communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The positions were made possible with a combination of funds from the Charitable Foundation’s Community Crisis Action Fund and federal CARES Act dollars.

Young entrepreneurs share stories

On February 9, Stay, Work, Play New Hampshire is offering the opportunity to hear from three young New Hampshire entrepreneurs about their experiences as people of color starting businesses in the Granite State. The event is part of Stay, Work Play’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series, of which the Foundation is a proud sponsor.

Eliminating racism, empowering women

Jessica Cantin is the CEO of the YWCA of New Hampshire. She spoke with the Foundation’s Lois Shea about the YWCA’s work to eliminate racism; empower women; and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Taking Stock: Philanthropy’s Role in Supporting Racial Equity

Join the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Virtual Learning Session on January 27 featuring Yolanda Coentro, President & CEO of Institute for Nonprofit Practice; Tricia Raikes, Philanthropist & Principal of Raikes Foundation; Rashad Robinson, President of Color Of Change; and Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation.

GOFERR reporting platform for CARES Act funds now available

To help guide nonprofits in the reporting requirement, the Charitable Foundation, NH Center for Nonprofits and CDFA will host webinar on January 6.

Join the Racial Equity Learning Challenge

Month-long learning challenge helps workplace teams learn about history and dynamics of racism, discover local resources and discover ways to take action for change.

‘Everyday superheroes’

New Hampshire nonprofits have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with ‘grace and ferocity’

A champion for public health

As Director of Public Health for the City of Nashua, Bobbie Bagley tends to the public health of more than 200,000 people in 13 communities. Since March, she has been working 10- to 16-hour days, seven days a week, managing the region’s response to COVID-19.

Stories of hope + resilience

The latest issue of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Purpose newsletter — which showcases the heroic work of New Hampshire’s nonprofit sector during extraordinary times — is available online.

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.


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