Lois R. Shea

Senior Writer and Content Manager





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Together, we are making progress for our kids

The Charitable Foundation invested $17.5 million to increase opportunities for young people through its New Hampshire Tomorrow initiative last year. Read our 2018 progress report

Meeting a community’s dental needs

Coös Family Dental, on Berlin's Main Street, is open to anyone in the community who needs care. The clinic is filling a need that is particularly acute in the North Country, where more than two in ten adults have not seen a dentist in the past five years, and very few dental practices are accepting new Medicaid patients. The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has supported the clinic with a grant to upgrade equipment

Collaborative efforts for Coös kids gain national recognition

A decade-long collaboration funded by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has resulted in a coordinated system of care and services aimed at improving outcomes for every child in Coös County. A research brief about that work, “By Us and For Us, A Story of Early Childhood Development Systems Change and Results in a Rural Context,” has been published in the The Foundation Review, a national, peer-reviewed journal. Now, lessons learned in Coös County can be applied to other rural communities around the country to improve outcomes for children

Committed to the North Country

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation made more than 70 grants and totaling $3.3 million in 2018. Read the stories of just a few of those grants in the Tillotson Fund's annual Report to the Community

Inspiring the next generation

Gretchen Carlson, program manager at the Gundalow Company in Portsmouth, teaches children about the science and history of Seacoast waterways

A fitting legacy for Claremont’s kids

Rene Lacasse of Claremont was an immigrant, a United States Navy veteran, a steel worker, a dad and a coach. He loved basketball, and he thought all kids should have the opportunity to play sports. Now, a fund in his name at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is covering registration fees for kids in need to participate in sports and other activities at the local community center

Investing in affordable housing

An impact investment from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is helping Twin Pines Housing create energy-efficient, affordable housing for 29 families in the Upper Valley, which is one of the tightest housing markets in the state

Remembering Ryan

The Bishop family created a fund to honor their youngest son and give life-changing opportunity to kids in need

New scholarship fund to distribute more than $100k annually to NH engineering students

The Norman F. and Marilyn W. Jones Scholarship Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will make its first awards this year

New study offers insights on strategic ways to invest in early childhood

RAND Corporation study looks at strategies for wise investments in home visiting and preschool that will give more New Hampshire children the opportunity to thrive

To protect and defend civil liberties

Jeanne Hruska, ACLU-NH's policy director, is a policy wonk with a tenacious streak

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