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Families enjoy a warm spring day at Rochester Common. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

Families enjoy a warm spring day at Rochester Common. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation

Creating healthier futures

The new foundation is partnering with the Charitable Foundation to help improve the health and well-being of residents in Strafford County.

The Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and well-being and reduce the burden of illness of people  in Strafford County and surrounding communities.

 

GRCHF will award grants, make program-related investments, and provide other financial assistance to health and social service programs, organizations and projects that benefit the community.

GRCHF is a “supporting organization” of the Charitable Foundation, drawing on the Charitable Foundation’s community knowledge and financial and investment expertise to meet its mission.

GRCHF is being funded with proceeds from the sale of the nonprofit Frisbie Memorial Hospital to HCA Healthcare, Inc. As presented to the community prior to the sale last year, it is expected GRCHF will exceed $20 million in assets once the remaining sale transaction obligations and escrows are concluded.

To learn more about this new partnership, please read the press release.

Join the GRCHF Board of Directors

The first order of business for the GRCHF will be to appoint its inaugural board of directors of seven people who live or work in Strafford County. Community members interested in serving on the GRCHF Board are encouraged to learn more and apply.

  • About the Board

    Thank you for your interest in the inaugural board of directors of the Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation (GRCHF). GRCHF is a new nonprofit organization that promises to have an impact on the health and well-being of residents of Strafford County now and into the future.

    GRCHF’s mission is to improve the health and well-being and reduce the burden of illness of people in Strafford County, NH, and immediately surrounding communities. GRCHF will do this work by awarding grants, making program-related investments, and providing other financial assistance to health and social service programs, organizations and projects benefitting the community.

    The GRCHF board of directors will be made up of seven people who live, work or volunteer in Strafford County.

    What makes an effective board member? The most important characteristics of effective board members go beyond work experience and education. The GRCHF board will thrive on a diversity of backgrounds and opinions, and should be grounded in the communities served by GRCHF. While work experience and education can be helpful, specific experience in health or public health, or in traditionally sought-after board qualifications like law or finance, is not necessary.

    Here are characteristics that we will look for as we form the GRCHF board of directors:

    • Commitment and desire to serve the community and steward this asset for the benefit of the community, especially for those affected by systems of inequity and farthest from opportunity.
    • Knowledge about the community, and a curiosity and willingness to learn more.
    • Ability to interpret the needs and values of the community to GRCHF and speak out for their interests and on their behalf.
    • Eagerness and ability to fully participate, including being prepared for board and/or committee meetings. Willingness to seek out where you add value.
    • Appreciation of the start-up nature of GRCHF, and a desire to collaborate with other community members to build something new.
    • Belief in serving as an active ambassador for the GRCHF. Desire to build relationships outside of GRCHF to advance the mission and vision.
    • Creativity, innovation, an open-mind, and a willingness to do things differently.
    • Teamwork, collegiality, and respect for others.

    As the board will thrive on a diversity of backgrounds and opinions, a well-rounded board will include people with varying perspectives, experiences, background and/or identities, including but not limited to:

    • Geography
    • Gender identity/sexual orientation
    • Age
    • Race/ethnicity
    • Persons living with a disability (physical, mental, intellectual/developmental or other)
    • Work background/experience

    The work of the GRCHF board of directors will be in English, but we encourage people who speak multiple languages to express interest in a board position. We are eager to have board members who can communicate and listen in the many languages spoken across Strafford County.

    Service on the GRCHF board of directors is a volunteer position and will involve approximately 5-10 hours a month. Accommodations will be made to make it possible for a wide range of people to be able to serve. Board members will have the opportunity to be reimbursed for expenses related to participation including travel and child/elder care. While GRCHF may make some limited grants this year, most of the board’s efforts this first year will be organizational in nature — relationship-building among board members, shaping the values, internal culture and approach of the GRCHF’s work, establishment of a community advisory committee, along with establishing internal governance procedures including establishing the investment portfolio and structures for financial reporting. This work will be undertaken with support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

    GRCHF’s structure will also include a community advisory committee. The role of the community advisory committee will be to support GRCHF in assessing community needs and in identifying and carrying out its grantmaking strategy and priorities. It is expected that the community advisory committee will be larger than the seven-member board of directors. While further details about the structure and work of the community advisory committee are still to be determined, it is expected that this committee will be formed prior to the end of 2021.

  • Board roles and expectations

    The management, control and operation of the Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation (GRCHF) shall be the responsibility of the board of directors, subject to any agreement the board of directors enters into with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF), and those powers that fall to NHCF by law or according to the governing documents. The Board of Directors shall:

    • Consist of seven (7) directors who reside, work or volunteer in Strafford County, fairly representative of Strafford County’s population, including with respect to ethnicity, gender and geography. At least one director must have experience or expertise in health care or public health in New Hampshire.
    • Have a one-year term and not serve more than seven consecutive one-year terms.
    • Duties include:

    – Keeping complete books and records of account
    – Recording and keeping minutes of all meetings of the board or directors and committees
    – Assuring conduct of an annual audit
    – Filing of necessary reports, returns and other documents as required by law
    – Determining the manner in which GRCHF funding shall be distributed to meet the mission

    STATEMENT OF EXPECTATIONS

    The following is a general description of the expectations of a director during their service to GRCHF:

    Commits to GRCHF’s mission, vision, values and goals

    “GRCHF shall strive to improve the health and well-being and reduce the burden of illness of persons residing in Strafford County, NH, and immediately surrounding communities primarily by awarding grants, making program-related investments, and providing other financial assistance to health and social service related programs, organizations and projects benefitting the residents of Strafford County, NH and immediately surrounding communities.”

    • Sustains and builds a deep and broad base of trust in the community
    • Is knowledgeable about GRCHF’s work
    • Serves as an ambassador to the larger community

    Participates in meetings of the board or committees

    • Attends all required board meetings unless excused in advance and prepares for each meeting by reviewing the board packet of materials.
    • Attends other key GRCHF meetings:

    – GRCHF Annual Meeting, held on the last Thursday of January (unless another date is selected by the board)
    – Regular attendance at committee meetings, including the Nominating and Community Advisory Committee, and others that may be established by the board, if appointed.

    Provides strategic direction and oversight

    • Participates in the approval of annual budget and audits.
    • Monitors management and operational business decisions made through the administrative services agreements with NHCF.
    • Participates in the oversight of the investment portfolio(s) and the accounting for GRCHF
    • Participates in the oversight of grantmaking and other community investment strategies.
    • Participates in the oversight of a Community Advisory Committee, composed in accordance with the bylaws.
    • Prepares for and actively participates in a regular strategic planning process.
    • Stays curious, informed and current about a broad range of concerns facing communities served by GRCHF.

    LEGAL DUTIES

    Nonprofit corporate law establishes specific standards of conduct for nonprofit board members. These duties are the legal standards which guide all actions taken by the board of directors and include the duty of care, duty of loyalty and duty of obedience. (Reference: Guidebook for NH Charitable Organizations, 2017. Office of the Attorney General, Charitable Trusts Unit)

    Duty of care requires board members to discharge duties in good faith, and with the care that an ordinarily prudent person would exercise in a like position and under similar circumstances. It requires board members to exercise care in all activities related to their role as board members and commits them to participate in the work of the board. Duty of care is carried out by:

    • Attending board and committee meetings
    • Carefully preparing for meetings in advance
    • Reviewing financial reports and other critical information regularly
    • Exercising independent judgment
    • Requesting information needed for decision making
    • Making sure federal, state and specific industry filing requirements are met
    • Acting in good faith when decision making

    Duty of loyalty requires board members to act in the interests of the Foundation rather than their own personal interests or the interests of another person or organization. Duty of loyalty is carried out by:

    • Adhering to the conflict of interest policy
    • Disclosing all conflicts
    • Avoiding the use of the Foundation’s opportunities for personal gain
    • Maintaining confidentiality of the information held by the Foundation

    Duty of obedience requires board members to make decisions in accordance with the mission of the Foundation, to uphold its bylaws and other policies and functions and to not act in a way that is inconsistent with the central goals of the organization. Duty of obedience is carried out by:

    • Ensuring compliance with all reporting requirements
    • Examining all legal and governing documents
    • Making decisions within the scope of the mission and law
  • How to apply

    If you are interested in being considered to serve on the GRCHF board of directors, please submit an application by Friday, May 14, 2021.

    If selected as a candidate, someone from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will reach out to schedule an interview so we can learn more about your interests and experience and review the expectations for the position. Interviews are expected to take place between May 24 and June 4, with the goal of having the GRCHF board of directors seated by mid-June.

    If you have any questions about GRCHF or serving on the board of directors, please contact Anne Phillips at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation at 603-225-6641 ext. 232 or GRCHF@nhcf.org.

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