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Foundation seeks community members to design work of Racial Justice Fund

The Racial Justice Fund was established with dedicated funding from the Foundation, which is seeking 15 community members to engage in a process to design the work of this statewide grantmaking fund.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is seeking 15 community members to design the work of the newly established Racial Justice Fund.

The Foundation’s commitment to equity, racial justice and economic security is incorporated across our work, as outlined in our strategic plan, “Together We Thrive.” The Foundation’s purpose is to make New Hampshire a more just, sustainable and vibrant community where everyone can thrive. Unfortunately, that is not the reality of New Hampshire today. Too many people face barriers to basic rights and the ability to thrive based on race, gender identity, socioeconomic background, geography, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability, and other factors. Black, Latino, Asian, Indigenous and other people of color, in particular, face disproportionate barriers.

The community-led Racial Justice Fund, established with dedicated funding from the Foundation, is one way in which the Foundation is working to advance racial justice in New Hampshire.

We are seeking community members who are committed to advancing racial justice work in New Hampshire to design the work of this state-wide grantmaking fund. We are seeking people who are willing to participate in the community design process of the Racial Justice Fund from September 2023 to May 2024. Design team members will work with Foundation fund-development consultants Jennifer Near and Kile Adumene and Foundation Senior Program Officer Meena Gyawali.

Position Description

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Community members will lead the design of the fund, including strategy, process, and all other decisions around it.
  • Provide lived experience and perspective that informs the strategic direction of the fund and approach to grantmaking.
  • Attend six to eight half-day meetings over a 6-8 month period.
  • Participate in training and leadership development opportunities as part of the fund design process.
  • Approximately 2-4 hours of reading and meeting preparation per month.
  • Travel time if we meet in-person.
  • Occasional one-on-one check-ins and debriefs with fund development consultants.
  • Provide key feedback and support to the storytelling and evaluation process.
  • Meet with Charitable Foundation staff and leadership to share experiences from the fund development process as requested.
  • The community design team will determine the process for how grants are made and a transition plan from the design to implementation phase.


We estimate the time commitment will be approximately 10-12 hours a month for 6-8 months for a total of approximately 75-80 hours. We are offering community leaders a $3,000 stipend.


  • Any level of education is welcomed
  • All languages are welcomed and will be supported in this process
  • A collaborative spirit
  • Direct experience in navigating systems of oppression and racial injustice
  • A desire to work toward a vision of racial justice and self-determination
  • Ability or interest in applying a systems-change analysis
  • Anyone who is seeking a leadership development and skills building opportunity
  • Ability to travel to an in-person meeting or carpool if needed will be helpful

How to apply

Applications to participate in the community design team are closed at this time, and we are grateful to everyone who has expressed interest in this work.

How to learn more

Please click here to learn more about the process of creating and designing the Racial Justice Fund. Please contact Meena Gyawali at Zrran.Tlnjnyv@aups.bet or 603-225-6641 ext. 219 with additional questions.