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Lois R. Shea

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Supporting LGBTQ youth

Mentoring partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters and Seacoast Outright gets help from the Respect for All Youth Fund.

Stories of perseverance + ingenuity

The latest issue of the Foundation's Purpose newsletter is now available online. Read about how Girls, Inc. adapted its operations to help girls during remote learning; how nonprofits are helping people manage mental health challenges; a partnership to strengthen mentorship for LGBTQ youth — and much more.

We’re not saying “goodbye,” Tym

After 13 years at the Charitable Foundation, Tym Rourke to join national healthcare consulting firm to advance health equity and integrated behavioral healthcare.

Giving to boost civic health

Robust civic health is vital to community problem-solving, trust, engagement, a sense of belonging — and so much more. Here are some suggestions for ways to give to help nurture the civic health of our communities.

Giving suggestions to help with pandemic relief in India

India is struggling with a severe second wave of coronavirus that has infected millions, killed more than 250,000 and left the country’s health-care system under extreme stress. Relief organizations are rushing supplies, medical equipment and medical staff to help.

Girls, Inc. adapts to help families through a difficult year

With new on-site "Smart Cafes," the nonprofit offered girls whose families needed to work outside the home a place to do remote learning with guidance from staff, three nutritious meals a day and after-school care.

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.


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