Lois R. Shea

Senior Writer and Content Manager





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Cedarcrest Center helps kids and families thrive

Center for children with disabilities in Keene has been caring for children with complex needs for more than a half-century

New instruments headed to Laconia, Manchester

Grants from the David M. Brooks Music Fund are sending new cellos, trumpets, trombones, flutes, violins and more to children in Manchester public schools; and guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and xylophones to public-school children in Laconia

2019 Annual Meeting: Where do you find community?

Photos, video from gathering of more than 700 people to celebrate the extraordinary ways that ordinary people are building and strengthening community across the Granite State

Elizabeth A. Dragon awarded Caroline and Martin Gross Fellowship

Gross Fellowship, now in its 25th year, enables a New Hampshire public servant to attend the three-week Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The fellowship honors an extraordinary elected or appointed official in New Hampshire state or local government who demonstrates leadership ability and the highest standards of performance in public service

‘To serve and give and make something better’

Tricia and Paul Casey have included the Foundation in their will and want their charitable dollars to be deployed where they are needed most — whatever the future may bring

Estate giving: a legacy for good, forever

One generous family kickstarted the greatest charitable legacy that New Hampshire has ever known. The Charitable Foundation's Spaulding-Potter Circle Legacy Society is named in their honor. When generous people include the Foundation in their estate plans, they join the Spauldings and Potters in that legacy for good.

The Power of Many: giving and working together for NH

A few examples of recent grants making a difference in communities around the Granite State: Portsmouth Music and Arts Center builds community through the arts; Christa McAuliffe's legacy continues; Kids in Chichester get new playground equipment; Empower Coös Youth Grant Committee makes its first round of grants; Veterans get support and services; History is preserved in Manchester; The largest remaining dairy farm in the Monadnock region is conserved

Applying ‘conscious capitalism’ to your mission

Mainstay Technologies ‘pays it forward’ through its donor-advised fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Foundation staff help identify giving opportunities, and the Mainstay "charity team" recommends grants — from helping refugee children be able to attend summer camp to contributing to a scholarship to help a student get his associate degree at NHTI

All-in for the youngest among us

Project LAUNCH, a coalition of nonprofits and public agencies, has been building a coordinated system of services and care to make sure that every child in Manchester has the social and emotional supports she needs to learn, thrive and grow: developmental screening that leads to earlier interventions; professional coaching and development for early childhood teachers; making behavioral health a routine part of pediatric visits; parenting classes and home visiting; a rapid-response team for children who have been affected by trauma.

Scholarship fund honors video game pioneer Ralph Baer

Ralph Baer was an engineer and inventor whose "brown box" controller became the original prototype for much of modern video gaming. The Ralph H. and Dena W. Baer Scholarship Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will support the next generation of innovative thinkers from the Queen City, helping students from Manchester Central High School who want to study in technology-related fields

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