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Local organizing, education, action to fight climate change

Nonprofit 350NH works to combat the climate crisis by promoting the use of clean and renewable energy sources and advocating to phase out polluting and non-renewable energy sources.

Dover High School’s Eric Schlapak awarded Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical

Schlapak will help Career and Technical Education teachers connect the dots for students between math concepts and career skills. Math matters in diagnosing auto problems, adjusting recipes in a culinary class, welding, carpentry, reading meters in electrical work — even in cosmetology, where geometry helps sculpt hairstyles.

We want New Hampshire to foster an environment that lifts the human spirit

If HB 544 passes — aimed ban to anti-racism, implicit bias and gender bias training in state-funded agencies, schools, and business — it would be severely problematic for our economy, our children, and our image to the rest of the nation

Helping schools pivot to outdoor learning

As schools began to close this past spring, educators across the state scrambled to figure out how to keep teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. Programs supported by the Wellborn Ecology Fund have been helping schools move to more outdoor instruction for years, and more schools are now making "outdoor classrooms" a regular part of the school day.

Please give generously to nonprofits this holiday season

Kathleen Reardon, Richard Ober and Katy Easterly Martey: Nonprofits had New Hampshire’s back when our communities needed them the most. Please, give as generously as you can this holiday season to help New Hampshire’s nonprofits keep meeting their critical missions.

Teacher Kristin Lizotte reflects on her McAuliffe Sabbatical year

Each year, the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical awards a year-long leave of absence to an exceptional New Hampshire public school teacher. The sabbatical provides the teacher with the time, space, and funding to explore, through a self-designed project, new ideas and ways to enhance classroom teaching. Here, Kearsarge Elementary School teacher Kristin Lizotte, who was awarded the McAuliffe Sabbatical in 2019, reflects on her experience.

Trail Finder put trails — and local businesses — on the map

Trail Finder puts up-to-date, trail-manager-sourced information for multiple outdoor activities at users' fingertips, along with information about local businesses — from inns to bike shops to breweries. Grants from the Foundation's Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund are supporting the service.

Carl Austin Hyatt Awarded 2020 Artist Advancement Grant

Portsmouth photographer receives grant that helps cultivate the Piscataqua Region’s arts community, boost artists’ careers and helps keep them living and working in the area.

School counselors stay connected with students through summer

Grant from the Community Crisis Action Fund helped school counselors in the North Country stay connected with children during a summer of social isolation — reminding kids that they are part of a caring community, and helping them start the school year ready to learn.

Mentoring organizations adapt to keep supporting kids

The support that mentoring programs provide to young people may be more critical than ever during this time of social isolation. These nonprofits have met the moment with tenacity and creativity to keep mentors connected with the kids who rely on them.

Always there for the most vulnerable among us

Organizations that work with people with disabilities have had to make a series of adaptations as they continue to provide critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants from the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund and other funds are helping to support that work. Here are just a few of their stories.

NH Legal Assistance sees increasing demand for services

The ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic mean an increase in need for services from the nonprofit that represents people in civil cases. Unlike in criminal cases, litigants in civil court have no guarantee of counsel, even when their homes, economic stability or personal safety are on the line. That is where New Hampshire Legal Assistance comes in. A grant from the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund is helping meet the need.