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Neil and Louise Tillotson (Photo courtesy of Steve Barba).

Neil and Louise Tillotson (Photo courtesy of Steve Barba).

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Championing the North Country

One of the largest permanent rural philanthropies in the U.S. is strengthening communities and spreading economic opportunity.

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 more than $3.5 million annually. Since 2006, more than $50 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 vision of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund is “to serve as a resource for the people of Coös County and neighboring communities in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and southern Québec to forge their own pathways to well-being and cultivate a region that thrives.”

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 Neil and Louise Tillotson Scholarship Fund, the Coaticook (Québec) Region Fund, Hereford Forest Fund, Dixville Cemetery Fund and the Tillotson Guatemala Fund.


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Our 2022-2027 Strategic Plan

As the region grows and transforms, the Tillotson Fund will continue to build deep community connection and ensure that the philosophy and legacies of Neil and Louise Tillotson are embedded into the work.

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Grantseeker information sessions

Interested in other opportunities to connect with the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund? Register for one of our grantseeker information sessions to learn about our grantmaking programs, deadlines, requirements and more. 

In Person

October 26 | 9:30 – 10:30 am
White Mountains Community College, Berlin

October 26 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Whitefield Physicians’ Offices

November 3 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Colebrook Public Library

Virtual (Translation services available)

November 9 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

November 10 | 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Apply for a grant

Each year, The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund awards more than $3.5 million in grants to support economic development, education and community safety net programs that focus on the people and communities of Coös County, New Hampshire and surrounding areas in Vermont and Canada.

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The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Advisory Committee


Steve Barba, Cumberland, RI

Tom Deans, South Conway, NH

Kassie Eafrati, Berlin, NH

Sara Favreau-Perreault, Coaticook, Québec


Christine Frost, Warner, NH

Ben Gayman, Chair, Manchester, NH

Betsy Hess, Randolph, NH

Jeremy Knowlton, Littleton, NH


Jim Tibbetts, Manchester, NH

Rick Tillotson, Colebrook, NH

Bob Wells, Hopkinton, NH

We're here to help

To learn more about the Tillotson Funds and our work in the North Country, contact:

Sonya Salanti
  • Sonya Salanti
  • Director of Tillotson Funds
Phoebe Backler
  • Phoebe Backler
  • Senior Program Officer, Tillotson Funds
Jean Clarke
  • Jean Clarke
  • Tillotson Funds Manager