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Willing Hands volunteers helping plant more than 60 tomato starts that were generously donated by Edgewater Farm. (Courtesy photo.)

Willing Hands volunteers helping plant more than 60 tomato starts that were generously donated by Edgewater Farm. (Courtesy photo.)

Charitable Foundation announces newest round of grants and gifts in response to public-health crisis

Generous New Hampshire people have rallied to help their neighbors, giving more than $3.8 million into the Community Crisis Action Fund since March 20. Nearly $8 million has been granted to community nonprofits since the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold.

The Foundation opened the Community Crisis Action Fund on March 20 to help respond to the needs in our communities — and generous New Hampshire people have rallied, giving an unprecedented $3,832,516 into that fund (in amounts ranging from $25 to $1 million) to help our communities in this time of crisis. (A complete list of gifts to this fund is available here.) Every penny is equally appreciated, and every penny is going out into the community. Click here to contribute to the Community Crisis Action Fund.

Since this crisis began to unfold in March, $7,837,867 in grants have been made in response (a complete list is available here). The following lists of grants and gifts were prepared with care and with every effort to correctly reflect all generous donors and grants made. If something appears to be missing or in error, please contact Stephanie Selberg at Fgrcunavr.Fryoret@aups.bet or 800-464-6641 ext. 289.

The following grants were made and gifts were contributed from May 19 through June 15:

Grants from the Community Crisis Action Fund and other Foundation funds to meet immediate community and organization needs. This includes Express Grants which in 2020 are dedicated exclusively to meeting urgent needs brought on by the COVID-19 crisis:

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, $50,000
Barnstormers, $2,000
Bedford Presbyterian Church, $5,000
Belknap County Conservation District, $5,000
Bring It, $5,000
Carroll County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, $5,000
Christ Church, $30,000
Cinnamon Street Childcare Center 9, $2,500
Circle Program, $5,000
Claremont Senior Center, $2,500
Dublin Community Center, $1,000
Easter Seals New Hampshire, $5,000
End 68 Hours of Hunger, $40,000
First Baptist Church of Concord, $5,000
Full Circle Farm Therapeutic Horsemanship, $5,000
Girls at Work, $5,000
Got Lunch Newport, $12,000
Granite United Way – Southern Region, $57,000
Greater Nashua Dental Connection, $5,600
Greater Seacoast Community Health, $10,000
Library Arts Center, $10,000
Listen Community Services, $10,000
Manchester Community Resource Center, $4,250
Montshire Museum of Science, $15,000
My Breast Cancer Support, $5,000
New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, $30,000
New London Hospital Association, $15,000
North Conway Community Center, $5,000
North Country Health Consortium, $114,375
Northern Heritage Mills, $2,500
Operation Blessing, $5,000
Pelham New Hampshire Council On Aging Corp, $3,000
Pemi-Baker Literacy, $5,000
Praise Chapel, $5,000
Racial Unity Team, $5,000
Rundlett Junior High School PTSO, $5,000
Salemhaven, $5,000
SATYA: Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action, $5,000
SAU #21, $5,000
SAU #62-Mascoma Valley Regional School District, $5,000
SAU #68-Lincoln-Woodstock Cooperative School District, $5,000
Save the Children Federation, $25,000
Seacoast Mental Health Center-Portsmouth Office, $5,000
Second Start, $5,000
Southwestern Community Services-Keene, $15,000
Squam Lakes Association, $5,614
Stable Connections, $6,000
Stoneledge Stables, $2,500
Sullivan County, $5,000
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, $2,000
Victory Women of Vision, $5,000
West Central Services, $10,000


Strategies and public partnerships supported by the Community Crisis Action Fund and other Foundation funds:

  • Helping to safely shelter people and families who are homeless during this crisis:

Housing Action NH, $20,000

  • Helping family resources centers meet emergency family needs:

TLC Family Resource Center, $20,000


Donor-advised-fund grants in response to the COVID-19 crisis:

In addition to recommending generous fund-to-fund transfers into the Community Crisis Action Fund to respond to community need during this crisis, many holders of donor-advised funds at the Foundation have recommended generous direct grants to nonprofits. These gifts are both responding to urgent basic needs and providing much-needed support to a variety of nonprofits navigating the challenges of operating during this crisis.

Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, $1,000
Audubon Society of New Hampshire, $2,000
Barnstead Thrift Shop and Food Pantry, $1,000
Bethany Christian Services-Candia, $2,500
Carter Community Building Association, $1,000
Christ Church, $2,500
City Year NH, $75,000
COVER Home Repair, $5,000
Dover Children’s Home, $1,000
End 68 Hours of Hunger, $2,500
F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, $3,000
Finding our Stride, $2,500
Gilmanton Community Church, $500
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, $500
Good Neighbor Health Clinic, $1,000
Good Shepherd Food Bank, $500
Granite United Way – Southern Region, $10,000
HAVEN, $10,000
Headrest, $1,000
Josiah Carpenter Library, $950
Lakes Region Food Pantry, $5,000
Lebanon Opera House, $1,000
Loudon Food Pantry, $500
Manchester Historic Association, $2,000
MANNA FoodBank, $4,000
National Collaborative for Digital Equity, $14,400
New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, two grants totaling $20,000
New Hampshire SPCA, $5,000
Newport Area Association of Churches, $3,540
Newport Senior Center, $5,000
NH Food Bank of NH Catholic Charities, $2,000
North Conway Community Center, $2,000
Ossipee Children’s Fund, $800
Peterborough Human Services Fund, $2,500
Pittsfield Food Pantry, $1,000
Pittsfield Listens, $3,000
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, two grants totaling $2,000
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, $500
Rotary Club of Concord Charitable Foundation, $500
Seacoast Community Chamber Orchestra, $10,000
Seacoast Family Promise, $1,500
Seacoast Mental Health Center-Portsmouth Office, $1,000
Seacoast Outright, $5,000
Second Growth, $1,000
Second Wind Foundation, $500
South County Health, $2,000
Strafford Nutrition & Meals on Wheels, $2,000
Sustainable Food Lab, $5,000
The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center, $3,000
Town of Hillsborough, $2,000
United South End Settlements, $500
University of New Hampshire Foundation, $2,000
Vermont Foodbank, $5,000
Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers-Snowsports Edu, $1,500
Willing Hands Enterprises, $15,000
WISE, two grants totaling $3,000
Wolfeboro Area Meals on Wheels, $5,000
YMCA of Greater Nashua, $3,800

Donors to Community Crisis Action Fund:

Since the Community Crisis Action Fund was established on March 20, more than $3.8 million in gifts have been made into it from people all over the state, some of whom are new donors to the Foundation, some of whom are longtime partners. We thank and applaud these generous individuals, families and organizations who have contributed to the Community Crisis Action Fund. The following people and organizations contributed $161,679 from May 19 through June 15.

A complete list of donors to the fund since March 20 can be viewed here.


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Shota & Kemlo Aki
Autodesk Foundation
Robert & Patricia Caulfield
Fresh Tracks Racing
Aubuchon Foundation
The Brown Foundation
The Donley Foundation
Ellen Gaudreau
Jennifer Hanson
Robert & Stephanie Hood
Rick Hobson & Anne Schulze
Mary Lou Krambeer
The John & Janice Lynch Charitable Fund of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
McLane Middleton
Kevin Padian
Martin’s Point Health Care
Mark Otis & Ellen Ratner-Otis
PayPal Giving Fund
Target Corporation
The Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery
The Three Sisters Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Samuel Vokey
Robert Wells
Richard & Charlene Williams
Sharyn Zunz


Lawrence and Muriel Graham Charitable Fund
Leland and Maureen Hall Family Fund
David and Kathleen Rushford Murray Charitable Fund
Stepp Family Fund