By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
Music education in New Hampshire’s public schools is getting a boost from the David M. Brooks Music Fund.
Brooks, of Bedford, was a U.S. Army veteran who had worked in the printing industry — and who loved music. He left a bequest in his will to create the fund, which will distribute up to $175,000 annually in perpetuity for the teaching of light classical music and voice in New Hampshire grammar schools, high schools, colleges and universities.
The New Hampshire Music Educators Association is working with the Foundation to advise grantmaking, and grants will be focused on districts with the greatest need.
The Hawai‘i Community Foundation has activated its Maui Strong Fund to support residents affected by the wildfires in Maui. At least 36 people have died in the blazes. One hundred percent of the funds donated into the Maui Strong Fund will be distributed for community needs.
Camp Mariposa Nashua, run by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, helps lessen that burden for children whose young lives have been deeply affected by a family member’s substance misuse.
All over New Hampshire, people are working toward a New Hampshire for all. We are proud to feature just a few of their stories in our 2022 annual report. Thanks for reading, and please join us to continue the conversation at events around the state this September.
Devastating flooding after extreme rainfall has affected people and communities in Vermont, upstate New York and New Hampshire. Here are some ways to help.
The Charitable Foundation launched the Community Crisis Action Fund in 2020, and generous people responded with donations ranging from $25 to $6 million. The fund was structured so that every penny in donations went into our communities. Grants funded everything from hunger relief to an emergency childcare system for essential workers, from health equity efforts to emergency rental assistance. The fund is now deactivated, and will be re-activated as needed to respond to future crises.
Simon Delekta of Portsmouth has been promoted to vice president of the Community Engagement and Impact Department at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
New documentary will be screened statewide, accompanied by panel discussions and access to mental health and suicide prevention resources.
Traci Fowler, Foundation director of behavioral health, on New Hampshire’s 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Data show behavioral health challenges among New Hampshire’s children and adolescents are real, and they are widespread. But importantly, they are also treatable, and oftentimes preventable. Prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover.
As we work to improve our Community Grants program for the long-term, in 2023 we will offer a single, one-year, Unrestricted Grant program with awards of up to $20,000. There will be no Express Grants or multi-year Unrestricted grants awarded in 2023.
The PLACES Fellowship gives leaders in philanthropy the tools, knowledge, and best practices to ensure their work is centered on advancing equity and justice.
New Hampshire Business Review's 2023 Charitable Giving Guide encourages people to give to the nonprofits that make New Hampshire better for all of us.
Meena Gyawali joined the Foundation in December as a Senior Program Officer. She has served as director of grants and compliance at Families in Transition and has a background in planning and community development. She talked to the Foundation’s Lois Shea about urban planning, how high school drafting classes led to her hobby of painting landscapes from Manchester’s Millyard, the search for the best empanada in town and why everyone should visit New Hampshire’s Queen City. Meena lives in Manchester with her family.