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Richard Ober

President and CEO

Richard Ober

Dick Ober leads the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the largest private provider of nonprofit grants and student aid in northern New England. The Foundation manages over $732 million in charitable funds donated by hundreds of families and individuals, and awards some 6,000 grants and scholarships exceeding $40 million annually.

Dick has 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and civic affairs. Before coming to the Foundation, he held senior staff positions at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Monadnock Conservancy. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and public commissions, including several Gubernatorial appointments.

Dick currently serves as a board member of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and Community Foundations Leading Change (CF Leads) organization. He is also the founder of the Community Foundation Opportunity Network (CFON).

Dick has written and lectured widely on community philanthropy, civic life, and the connections between people and the places they live. His work has been published in books, book chapters, magazines, and journals. He has been recognized with awards from the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of New Hampshire, and Plymouth State University, and has repeatedly been named as one of the state’s most influential people by Business New Hampshire Magazine.

Dick lives with his wife and daughter in Dublin, New Hampshire.



Latest Posts


Foundation statement on state budget

A state budget is a statement of community values, and we believe that elements of this budget and trailer bill run contrary to the values of free speech, democratic representation and equality of opportunity.

How’s our civic health?

The latest NH Civic Health Index from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire shows that the state does well by some measures — and it also raises some critical questions.

State budget is a reflection of New Hampshire’s values and priorities

New Hampshire’s budget carries profound implications for almost every aspect of community well-being. We urge Senators to listen to the voices of nonprofit leaders and advocates, prevent loss of federal funds to New Hampshire, support responsible funding for health, human services and education and reject the language of HB 544.

Immigrants bring enormous value to New Hampshire

New Americans are putting their skills and assets to work in thousands of ways for New Hampshire communities. They deserve to be kindly welcomed.

In a moment of great peril, inspiration to ‘lift our gaze’

If we can keep our republic together, Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb” will join the pantheon of the most important words spoken in its name.

Statement on proposed state legislation regulating diversity training

The future of our state, our shared prosperity and well-being, depend on all people being fully welcomed and valued, able to reach their potential and to help sustain their communities. The passage of this bill would detract from, not contribute to, our shared well-being and prosperity.

Generous gift from MacKenzie Scott will help NH communities

National philanthropist and author donates $6 million into Community Crisis Action Fund, which is aiding in COVID relief and recovery. Every dollar donated to the fund supports nonprofits working in our communities.

‘We are not all in the same boat’

When the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic fallout hit our communities, not a single person was unaffected. But some of us were much worse off than others.

Foundation, Center for Nonprofits, CDFA to administer state’s emergency fund for nonprofits

The $60 million fund, all of which will be disbursed during this calendar year, will support a grants program to be administered by a partnership of the three organizations.

Everywhere we look, we see people stepping up

To all who are doing the work and all who are providing the fuel and the hope to make it possible: We will never forget your passion. Your commitment. Your advocacy for those who needed you.

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Foundation strategy focused on reducing pain and hardship among our most vulnerable neighbors and reducing impact on critical health care and social service systems.

Announcing the Community Crisis Action Fund

Fund will support critical work being done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.