- Investing $5 million in a comprehensive series of early childhood development initiatives designed to reach every child in Coös County and make the region a model for excellence.
- Sending more than 2,000 children from Coös County schools to participate in the Appalachian Mountain Club programs, such as Mountain Classroom, an outdoor and science education program that connects kids with the natural world.
- Awarding scholarships to post-secondary students from Coös County and surrounding communities in Vermont from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Scholarship Fund.
- Recognizing exemplary North Country teachers with the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowships and providing them with professional development and educational opportunities.
Neil Tillotson’s philosophy was simple: “Be humble, be creative and be kind.”
When he passed away in 2001 at 102, he left the bulk of his assets for charitable purposes. His wife Louise established the donor-advised Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in 2006. The fund is one of the largest permanent rural philanthropies in the country. It is guided by a local advisory committee and distributes about $3 million annually. Since 2006, more than $34 million has been awarded to organizations in Coös County and surrounding regions.
It was a bold strike. And it was an act of creativity and kindness for a region that needed both.
The Tillotsons had wide interests and global connections. In addition to the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, the Foundation manages the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship, the Louise Tillotson Professional Development Scholarship, the Neil and Louise Tillotson Scholarship Fund, the Coaticook (Quebec) Region Fund, Hereford Forest Fund, Dixville Cemetery Fund and the Guatemala Fund.
What we're funding
The vision of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund is “To serve as a catalyst for the region to move toward sustainable community and economic development in Coös County and surrounding communities in the United States and Canada.”
We want — as Neil and Louise Tillotson wanted — the North Country and surrounding regions to flourish.
We’re funding systems-change-level projects while, at the same time, supporting basic community needs.
The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Advisory Committee
Bob Wells, Chair, Hopkinton, NH
Steve Barba, Concord, NH
Gladys Bruun, Waterville, Quebec
Tom Deans, South Conway, NH
Betsy Hess, Randolph, NH
Christine Frost, Warner, NH
Ben Gayman, Manchester, NH
April Lemay, Cannan, VT
Chris Masson, Canaan, VT
Jim Tibbetts, Colebrook, NH
Rick Tillotson, Colebrook, NH
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Each year, The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund awards nearly $3 million in grants to support economic development, education and community safety net programs that focus on the people and communities of Coos County, New Hampshire and surrounding areas in Vermont and Canada.