Lois R. Shea

Senior Writer and Content Manager





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Bill and Esther Levy scholarship has helped scores of students afford college

The Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship Fund provides college money for students of Kennett High School in North Conway, which serves eight towns in the Mount Washington Valley. Bill’s stepson, Ron Collins, remembered Bill Levy saying: “I want the kids in the Valley to have a chance. If they have the gumption to go to school, but not the money, I’m going to help them.’

Charitable Foundation designated a ‘recovery-friendly workplace’

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has been designated a recovery-friendly workplace by Governor Christopher T. Sununu. The governor’s “recovery-friendly workplace initiative” promotes wellness for Granite Staters by empowering workplaces to provide support for people recovering from substance use disorders and those supporting family members in recovery

Restoring the American Dream: Five Questions for Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel, who led the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, spoke with the Foundation's Lois Shea about why poverty is about more than economic hardship, why the narratives about poverty in the U.S. need to change, and why she is optimistic that the American Dream can be restored

Strategic Storytelling for Good workshops offered for nonprofits

Charitable Foundation and NH Center for Nonprofits team up to bring in national experts on strategic storytelling for workshops in Manchester and Plymouth. Register now to learn how to shape and sharpen your organization's storytelling strategies in ways that motivate audiences to take action. Presented by Douglas Hattaway and Tim Lewis of Hattway Communications, architects of the Communications Network's "Storytelling for Good" online platform

‘Claremonters Helping Claremonters’

A growing number of individuals and families are 'paying it forward' to Claremont and surrounding communities by becoming part of the Fund for Greater Claremont. Grants from the fund have helped connect kids with reading mentors at school; provide wraparound services for struggling families through the local family resource center; provide free dental care for kids; prevent domestic violence; support the local community center — and more

Joining forces for our kids

The People’s United Community Foundation has aligned its New Hampshire grantmaking with the priorities of “New Hampshire Tomorrow,” the Charitable Foundation’s initiative to increase opportunity for young people — helping more kids go to summer camp, enabling more kids to get mentors, supporting wraparound services for struggling young families, and more

More than $240k in Express Grants awarded

Weekly grocery deliveries are being made to children during summer break and school vacation weeks; high school cross-country skiers will be able to participate on teams and enjoy New Hampshire’s official state sport; new art will be installed on the Franconia ArtWalk — and much more. The Charitable Foundation’s Express Grants program, which has a streamlined application process and short turnaround time, provides small grants (less than $5,000) to nonprofits in need of flexible funding to help with specific projects and programs

Community happens when it’s safe to talk about the hard things

The New Hampshire Theatre Project's “Elephant in the Room” series uses theatre to bring people together to talk about immensely difficult things — suicide, eating disorders, substance misuse — and connect people with resources available to help

Community happens when seniors are connected

The Penacook Community Center offers programs for neighbors of all ages — from infants to elders. For Kathy and Paul St. Louis, the center's senior programs gave them a way to create strong community connections when they moved to town

JerriAnne Boggis and Joseph Morone join New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Board

JerriAnne Boggis, executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, and Joseph Morone, past president and CEO of Albany International Corporation, are the newest members of the 14-member governing board which oversees grantmaking, finances, stewardship of philanthropic resources and strategic initiatives for statewide community foundation

A legacy of paying it forward

Mark Connolly spent his career "paying forward" the hand-up that helped him finish college and embark on a lifetime of accomplishments. Now, a scholarship fund in his name will continue to do the same for New Hampshire students

Community happens when good is built from tragedy

The Austin17 House in Brentwood is a place where young people feel connected, and heard, and celebrated