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Lois R. Shea

Senior Writer and Communications Officer





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‘It’s about knowing that you’re not alone’

My Breast Cancer Support, a small nonprofit on the Seacoast, provides emotional and financial support to people who are managing the most prevalent form of cancer among women.

Helping Hands Fund fills gaps for older adults

The Helping Hands Relief Fund covers essential goods and services for basic needs to help protect the health and well-being of people over 60 who face compounded risk from COVID-19. It is administered by Easterseals and supported by the Charitable Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund.

Progress for the youngest among us

In recent years, the Charitable Foundation has made investments that helped push statewide policy change and funding, build coalitions and secure significant federal dollars to help improve outcomes for young children. Christina Lachance, who had been leading that work, has now taken the helm as director of the New Hampshire Council For Thriving Children.

Partnership focuses on training mentors to support LGBTQ youth

The Respect for All Youth Fund at the Charitable Foundation is supporting PRISM, a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire and Seacoast Outright, to make sure that LGBTQ youth have supportive mentors in their lives.

Remembering Harold Janeway

Few people have given greater service to — or had a greater impact on — the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation than Harold Janeway. He was a beloved member of the Foundation community who will be profoundly missed. "When I think about Harold, I will always think of his ability to gently ask hard questions, his humor, his vision, his patience when it was appropriate and impatience when it was not,” said Foundation President and CEO Richard Ober. “I think there are two words that tie all that together — wisdom and love.”

A continuing response to the crisis at-hand

Since the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold, generous New Hampshire people have rallied to help their neighbors, giving more than $4 million into the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund. The Foundation has made more than $9.5 million in grants to help sustain our communities through this crisis.

Giving to meet the moment

The COVID-19 public-health crisis has re-shaped the way may people are approaching their giving. Sue and Brad Wyman figured "this is as rainy as the day gets," and have recommended generous grants from their donor-advised fund.

Protecting civil liberties in uncertain times

The realities of the coronavirus pandemic have made many of the issues that the ACLU of New Hampshire works on — like voting rights — even more urgent. And many of the people whose rights the organization defends are also among the most vulnerable to the virus.

Grants continue to support NH communities during public-health crisis

Since the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold, generous New Hampshire people have rallied to help their neighbors, giving $3.9 million into the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund. The Foundation has made nearly $9 million in grants to help sustain our communities through this crisis in the same time period.

Taking down the barriers to college completion

Nonprofit Duet program in Manchester "meets students where they are, and gets them where they need to be" with a combination of online learning, flexibility, coaching, tutoring, career counseling and more.

Remembering Anne Zachos

Zachos, who passed away earlier this month, chaired the Foundation’s board from 1994 to 1996 and served as a member from 1990-1998. Former Foundation President Lew Feldstein remembers the combination of "strength, confidence and humor" she brought to everything she did.

Charitable Foundation announces newest round of grants and gifts in response to public-health crisis

Generous New Hampshire people have rallied to help their neighbors, giving more than $3.8 million into the Community Crisis Action Fund since March 20. Nearly $8 million has been granted to community nonprofits since the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold.


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