By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
Dianne Mercier understands exactly how important New Hampshire’s nonprofits are to families.
Dianne is president of People’s United Bank now. She got some critical help getting there.
When she was a young, single mom, she worked full-time at a bank and went to school at night.
“The Boys and Girls Club saved my family,” she said. “Not just my kids. They made my future possible.” How? By providing before- and after-school care, snow-day care and summer camp — with homework club, mentoring and enrichment activities. Dianne could get her degree and cultivate a career that would provide for her family — knowing that her kids were thriving.
Dianne is a champion for the nonprofit sector. She raises money for the Boys and Girls Club and serves on multiple nonprofit boards. She is a member of the New Hampshire Tomorrow Leadership Council, helping to guide the Charitable Foundation’s initiative to increase opportunities for New Hampshire’s kids. And she is vice president of the People’s United Community Foundation, which has aligned its grantmaking with New Hampshire Tomorrow.
When Dianne was working her way up, a nonprofit had her back — and her kids’ backs.
Now she has theirs.
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.
The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success operates farms that have become an important part of the local food-shed. A mobile market brings fresh, local produce to housing communities in Concord and Manchester, and a Food Hub is now operating in downtown Manchester. And a CSA delivers to homes and businesses.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Policy Advisor and Senior Program Officer Deborah Schachter details how the U.S. Census not only determines representation in government but generates data that informs the distribution of close to $900 billion in federal funding for everything from road construction to student loans to heating assistance for struggling families.
New Hampshire had among the largest increases in income inequality in the country from 2017 to 2018, as measured by the "Gini coefficient." Charitable Foundation Senior Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer Yulya Spantchak examines how the U.S. measures up against other developed countries when it comes to wealth distribution, and how New Hampshire ranks compared with the rest of the country
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
Results of the 10-year Coös Youth Study by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire show that a strong civic culture and deep sense of community act as protective factors for young people in the North Country, even as the region struggles to adapt to a shifting economy and out-migration. Data will be used to inform grantmaking in the region
The Coös Cycling Club is providing outdoor recreation opportunities for local residents, drawing tourists, and contributing to economic revival in the Gorham area. The group has now joined forces with the Borderlands Trail System, which is promoting trail networks and communities across the Northern Forest region. Grants from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation support this work and other efforts to promote sustainable economic development for the North Country
A decade-long collaboration funded by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has resulted in a coordinated system of care and services aimed at improving outcomes for every child in Coös County. A research brief about that work, “By Us and For Us, A Story of Early Childhood Development Systems Change and Results in a Rural Context,” has been published in the The Foundation Review, a national, peer-reviewed journal. Now, lessons learned in Coös County can be applied to other rural communities around the country to improve outcomes for children
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's new director of education and career initiatives on advancing "65 by 25," the barriers too many kids face, and the tennis coach who changed his life
Here are just a few examples of what happens in New Hampshire communities when people give, and work, together
Initiative of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund brings leaders together every year to focus on opportunities and strategies to help North Country communities thrive
The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust works to make sure that North Country farmland remains farmland forever