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Gather in Portsmouth, NH. (Courtesy photo.)

Gather in Portsmouth, NH. (Courtesy photo.)

Charitable Foundation announces additional grants and gifts in response to COVID-19 crisis

The Foundation and its donors are responding to urgent community needs during the current crisis: feeding hungry children and families, sheltering people without homes, delivering meals to elders, caring for the sick, supporting people in recovery and much more. Generous New Hampshire people have rallied to help their neighbors, giving a total of $3,557,828 into the Community Crisis Action Fund since March 20. Since this crisis began to unfold, $6,223,858 in grants have been made in response.

New Hampshire’s nonprofits are doing heroic work in unprecedented and extremely challenging circumstances. As the COVID-19 crisis has heightened inequities in our communities and made life even more difficult for already-vulnerable populations, nonprofits went right on feeding hungry children, sheltering victims of violence and those without homes, caring for the sick, delivering meals to elders, supporting people in recovery, providing child care for families of essential workers. They went right on with that work in the face of increased demand for their services and, in many cases, decreased revenues.

The Foundation opened the Community Crisis Action Fund on March 20 to help respond to the needs in our communities — and generous New Hampshire people have rallied, giving an unprecedented $3,557,828 million into that fund (in amounts ranging from $25 to $1 million) to help our communities in this time of crisis. (A complete list of gifts to this fund is available here.) Every penny is equally appreciated, and every penny is going out into the community. Click here to contribute to the Community Crisis Action Fund.

Our goals right now are to reduce the pain and hardship on our most vulnerable neighbors; and, working with public and private partners, to reduce the impact on critical health care and social service systems. Read more about the Foundation’s strategy to respond to this crisis.

Since this crisis began to unfold in March, $6,223,858 in grants have been made in response (a complete list is available here). The following lists of grants and gifts were prepared with care and with every effort to correctly reflect all generous donors and grants made. If something appears to be missing or in error, please contact Stephanie Selberg at Fgrcunavr.Fryoret@aups.bet or 800-464-6641 ext. 289.

The following grants were made and gifts were contributed from April 6 through May 4:

Grants from the Community Crisis Action Fund and other Foundation funds to meet immediate community and organization needs. This includes Express Grants which in 2020 are dedicated exclusively to meeting urgent needs brought on by the COVID-19 crisis:

Agape Ministries, $7,500
Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter Headquarters, $5,000
American Red Cross of New Hampshire and Vermont, two grants totaling $10,000
Antrim Baptist Church, $1,000
Ascentria Care Alliance, $20,000
Best Buddies New Hampshire, $5,000
Bethany Christian Services-Candia, $5,000
Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, $5,000
Bridge Project, $5,000
Building Community in New Hampshire, $30,000
Center for New Beginnings, $5,000
Chase Home for Children, $5,000
Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County, $10,000
Christ Church, $50,000
Claremont Senior Center, $4,500
Community Bridges, $10,000
Community College System of New Hampshire, $40,000
Community Crossroads, $10,000
Concord Regional VNA, $5,000
Connecticut River Artisan Group, $4,000
Coös County Family Health Services, $7,500
Family Promise of Southern New Hampshire, $5,000
Farmsteads of New England, $5,000
Feeding Tiny Tummies, $1,000
Fellowship Housing Opportunities, $4,600
Friends in Action, $5,000
Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter, $1,866
Friends of Veterans, $5,000
Gateways Community Services, two grants totaling $85,000
Gather, $10,000
Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire, $5,000
Global Campuses Foundation, $5,000
Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, $20,000
Granite Pathways, $5,000
Granite State Adaptive, $5,000
Granite State Independent Living, $10,000
Granite State News Collaborative, $32,000 (dba NH Public Broadcasting)
Granite United Way – Southern Region, $35,000
Great Bay Services, $5,000
Great Waters Music Festival, $5,000
Greater Derry Community Health Services, $5,000
Greater Wakefield Resource Center, $5,000
Greengard Center for Autism, $5,000
Helping Hands North, $5,000
Henniker Community Market, $5,000
Hillsboro District Food Pantry, $1,000
Homeless Center for Strafford County, $5,000
Hospice Help Foundation, $5,000
InDepth NH, $5,000 (dba New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism)
International Institute of New England, $10,000
Isaiah 61 Cafe, $5,000
Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, $5,000
Lakes Region Community Services, $5,000
Lakes Region Food Pantry, $5,000
Lakes Region Santa Fund, $5,000
Merrimack Valley Assistance Program, $5,000
Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency, $5,000
Monadnock Understands Childhood Hunger, $3,000
Moore Center Services, $10,000
My Friend’s Place, $5,000
Nashua Association for the Elderly, $5,000
New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, $30,000
New Hampshire Legal Assistance-Concord, $75,000
New Hampshire Public Broadcasting, $6,800
NH Food Bank of NH Catholic Charities, $10,000
North Country Health Consortium, $5,000
Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, $20,000
Northern Human Services, $75,000
Office of Public Guardian, $5,000
Opportunity Networks, $10,000
Organization for Immigrant and Refugee Success, $10,000
Oyster River Womenade, $5,000
Pace Career Academy, $5,000
Paralyzed Veterans of America-New England Chapter, $5,000
Pemi Youth Center, $3,000
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, $25,000
PLUS Company, $5,000
Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative, $4,000
Reach for the Top Therapy Services, $5,000
Riverbend Community Mental Health, $10,000
Rozzie May Animal Alliance, $5,000
SAU #8-Concord School District, $4,500
Seeds of Faith, $5,000
Southeastern Regional Education Service Center, $5,000
Southwestern Community Services-Keene, $10,000
Spark! Community Center, $5,000
Special Olympics New Hampshire, $5,000
Sullivan County Oral Health Collaborative, $5,000
Sustainable Woodstock, $2,500
The Joan G. Lovering Health Center, $5,000
The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, $10,000
Town of Plainfield, NH, $5,000
Tri-County Community Action Program, $5,000
Turning Points Network, $10,000
VerShare, $2,500
Visions for Creative Housing Solutions, $5,000
Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of VT and NH, $5,000
Volunteers of America Northern New England, $5,000


Support for emergency response funds from the Community Crisis Action Fund:

Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation, $8,000
Monadnock United Way, $5,000
United Way of Massachusetts Bay, $5,000


Early release of unrestricted multiyear payments from Community Grants programs and other Foundation funds:

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of New Hampshire, $10,000
Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, $20,000
Audubon Society of NH, $25,000
Bi-State Primary Care Association, $20,000
Breakthrough Manchester at The Derryfield School, $10,000
Cedarcrest, $20,000
Claremont Soup Kitchen, $5,000
Gundalow Company, $10,000
ingenuityNE, $10,000
Krempel’s Center, $25,000
Lake Winnipesaukee Association, $10,000
Marguerite’s Place, $20,000
Maynard House, $10,000
North Country Council, $10,000
North Country Education Services Agency, $20,000
Northeast Organic Farming Association-New Hampshire, $10,000
QC Bike Collective c/o NeighborWorks SNH, $10,000
Rochester Opera House, $20,000
Seacoast Family Promise, $10,000
Society for the Protection of NH Forests, $30,000
Southwestern Community Services-Keene, $20,000
Spaulding Youth Center, $20,000
The Pittsfield Youth Workshop, $10,000
Turning Points Network, $20,000
Vermont Energy Education Program, $20,000
White Mountain Community Health Center, $20,000


Strategies and public partnerships supported by the Community Crisis Action Fund and other Foundation funds:

  • Emergency Childcare Collaborative, to create a system to provide child care for essential workers across the state:

Blueberry Express Day Care, $10,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central NH, $20,000
Cheshire Medical Center, $15,000
Children’s Center of Upper Valley, $21,000
Cinnamon Street Childcare Center 9, $7,000
Colebrook Community Child Care, $10,000
Concord Hospital Trust, $22,000
Easter Seals New Hampshire, $40,000
Elliot Health Systems, $20,000
Emmanuel Advent Christian Church, $15,000
Green Mountain Children’s Center, two grants totaling $9,000
Hampton Child and Family Program, $5,000
Keene Day Care Center, $20,000
Keene Family YMCA, $10,000
Lancaster Day Care Center, $5,000
Merrimack Valley Day Care Service, $30,000
Mid-State Health Center, $5,000
New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services, $50,000
New London Hospital Association, $5,000
RISE for Baby & Family, $5,000
Saint Peter’s Home, $25,000
St Anne-St Augustine Parish, $5,000
The Granite YMCA, $12,000
Winchester Learning Center, $7,000
Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center, $11,000
YMCA of Greater Nashua, $18,000
YMCA of the North Shore, $6,000

  • Providing resources for needed technology so community health centers and recovery centers can provide services via telehealth:

Farnum Center/Manchester Alcoholism Rehabilitation Center, $14,207
Friends of Recovery NH, $28,746
Greater Seacoast Community Health, two grants totaling $50,727
HealthFirst Family Care Center, $25,000
Hope on Haven Hill, $27,439
Manchester Community Health Center, $30,327
MWV Supports Recovery Coalition, $7,399
Revive Recovery, $12,159
White Mountain Community Health Center, $27,252

  • Helping family resources centers meet emergency family needs:

Children Unlimited, $5,000
Easter Seals New Hampshire, $5,000
Family Place, $5,000
Family Resource Center At Gorham, $5,000
Granite United Way – Southern Region, $5,000
Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center, $5,000
Lakes Region Community Services, $5,000
The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center, $5,000
The River Center Family & Community Resource Center, $5,000
The Upper Room, A Family Resource Center, $5,000
TLC Family Resource Center, two grants totaling $10,000


Donor-advised-fund grants in response to the COVID-19 crisis:

In addition to recommending generous fund-to-fund transfers into the Community Crisis Action Fund to respond to community need during this crisis, many holders of donor-advised funds at the Foundation have recommended generous direct grants to nonprofits. These gifts are both responding to urgent basic needs and providing much-needed support to a variety of nonprofits navigating the challenges of operating during this crisis.

3S Contemporary Arts Space, $1,000
Affordable Housing, Education and Development, $39,000
Agape Ministries, $5,000
American Red Cross-VT/NH Upper Valley Chapter, $250
Andy’s Summer Playhouse, $7,500
Ascentria Care Alliance, $7,500
Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, $10,000
Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, $10,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central NH, $1,000
Cape Arts and Entertainment, $500
Capitol Center for the Arts, $1,000
Carroll County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, $2,000
Carter Community Building Association, $5,000
Centre d’action benevole de la MRC de Coaticook, $10,000
Christ Church, $2,000
Christ the King Parish, $5,000
Claremont Soup Kitchen, $7,000
Committee on the Shelterless, $500
Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, $7,500
Community Gallery, $10,000
Concord Community Music School, $1,000
Concord Family YMCA, $1,000
Concord Hospital, $5,000
Concord Hospital Trust, two grants totaling $11,000
Concord Regional VNA, $1,000
Coös County Family Health Services, $10,000
Coös Director Network, two grants totaling $25,000
Crotched Mountain Foundation, $500
Easter Seals New Hampshire, $2,500
End 68 Hours of Hunger, two grants totaling $6,500
Extended Hands Food Bank, $500
Family Place, two grants totaling $9,000
Family Resource Center At Gorham, two grants totaling $22,500
Filling in the Blanks, $250
Friends of Casco Bay, $1,000
Gather, four grants totaling $68,000
Gibson Center for Senior Services, $10,000
Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire, two grants totaling $12,000
Good Shepherd Food Bank, $1,000
Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, two grants totaling $12,000
Granite United Way – Southern Region, four grants totaling $35,500
Greater Seacoast Community Health, two grants totaling $3,300
Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center, $2,500
HAVEN, $7,500
Headrest, $7,500
Headwaters School, $1,000
Holyoke Medical Center, $5,000
Home Health & Hospice Care, $20,000
Honduras Hope, $250
Huggins Hospital, $2,000
Indian Stream Health Center, $20,000
International Institute of New England, $1,500
Kimball Jenkins, $2,000
Kingswood Regional High School, $2,500
Kramerica Gives, $2,000
L.I.F.E. Ministries, $5,000
Lakes Region Community Services, $2,500
Lakes Region Food Pantry, $2,000
Learning Works, $1,000
Listen Community Services, $5,000
Maine Coast Heritage Trust, $1,000
Maine Initiatives, $1,000
MakeIt Labs, $20,000
Merrimack Valley Day Care Service, $5,000
Monadnock United Way, $250
Moultonboro/Sandwich Meals on Wheels, $2,000
MoCo Arts, $25,000
Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, $2,500
National Collaborative for Digital Equity, $5,000
Natural Dharma Fellowship, $2,000
New Durham Food Pantry, $500
New Hampshire Catholic Charities, two grants totaling $750
New Hampshire SPCA, $20,000
NH Food Bank of NH Catholic Charities, 11 grants totaling $212,300
NH Humanities, $500
North Conway Community Center, $1,000
Northern Stage, $1,800
Organization for Immigrant and Refugee Success, $1,000
Ossipee Concerned Citizens, $3,000
Positive Tracks, $1,000
Preble Street, $1,000
Redwood Empire Food Bank, $1,500
Rural California Broadcasting Corp Krcb-Tv Channel 22, $500
SAU #8-Concord School District, $500
Seacoast Science Center, $1,000
Somos Healthcare Providers, $500
Squam Lakes Conservation Society, $1,000
St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, $1,000
St. Mary’s Parish, $500
Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic & Sexual, two grants totaling $10,000
The Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County, two grants totaling $15,000
The Fells, $1,000
The Front Door Agency, $10,000
The Hanover Garden Club, $250
The Malala Fund, $500
The Nature Conservancy/Arlington, VA, $3,000
The Nature Conservancy/New Hampshire, $3,000
The North Shore Animal Rescue League of America, $1,000
The Upper Valley Humane Society, two grants totaling $5,500
The Way Station, $500
TLC Family Resource Center, two grants totaling $20,000
Tri-County Community Action Program, $22,000
Trinity Episcopal Church Meredith, $3,000
Trustees of Dartmouth College, $3,500
Turning Points Network, $18,000
Twin Pines Housing Trust, $10,000
University of Delaware, $500
Upper Valley Arts Alliance, $500
Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity, $1,000
Upper Valley Haven, three grants totaling $15,250
Upper Valley Land Trust, $1,500
Upper Valley Music Center, $1,000
Upper Valley Trails Alliance, $500
Vaughan Community Health Service, two grants totaling $15,000
Vermont Community Foundation, $500
Vermont Farm-to-School, $10,000
Vermont Institute of Natural Science, $2,000
Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of VT and NH, $1,500
Vital Communities, two grants totaling $2,000
Waypoint, $8,000
West Central Services, $3,000
White Horse Addiction Center, $2,000
Willing Hands Enterprises, two grants totaling $19,000
WISE, three grants totaling $7,500
Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center, $1,500
Wolfeboro Area Meals on Wheels, $3,000
YMCA of Greater Nashua, two grants totaling $30,000
Youth-in-Action, $250


Donors to Community Crisis Action Fund:

Since the Community Crisis Action Fund was established on March 20, more than $3.5 million in gifts have been made into it from people all over the state, some of whom are new donors to the Foundation, some of whom are longtime partners. We thank and applaud these generous individuals, families and organizations who have contributed to the Community Crisis Action Fund. The following people and organizations contributed $1,155,728 from April 6 through May 4.

A complete list of donors to the fund since March 20 can be viewed here.


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Heywood Alexander
Sally Auer
Phillip & Thelma Ballew
Frank Bequaert
Kirk & Julie Bishop
William Bohlin
Braksick Giving Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Jeffrey & Beverly Brewer
Vincent Broderick
Peter & Ellen Burger
Martha Burton
Buzz Memorial Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire
Citizens Bank
John & Kelly Clark
David Click & Kathleen Bollard
Christopher Closs & Pamela McDonald
James Coburn
Ellen Cohn
The Concord Group Insurance Companies
The Corbett Family
Robert & Mary Davies
Michael & Lauren DeCristofaro
James Dunaway & Libby Barlow
Eastern Bank
Robert & Sarah Edwards
Patrick & Penelope Eggleston
Dustin Ehle
Stephen & Tanisha Ekerberg
Andrew & Ana Flaster
Ralph Fletcher & JoAnn Portalupi
Jane Flythe
Kerry & Theresa Ford
MJ Fowler
Stephen & Denise Fox
Michael & Betty Friedman
Nathan Fullerton
Karen Furtado
Gary Gorski
Linda Gray & David Gotjen
Steven & Trim Hahn
Michael & Shannon Hays
Celeste Hemingson
Sheelagh Higginson
Robert Hirschfeld & Polly Ingraham
Jane’s Trust
Yvonne Jenkins
Nicholas Keating
Ken & Amy Kinder
Lake Street Advisors
Betty Lane
Christopher Larsen
Sen. Sylvia & Robert Larsen
Diana Lawrence
Edward & Susan LeClair
Curtis & Patricia Ley
Justin & Elizabeth Lorsbach
Rosemary Mack & James Guy
Manners Family Charitable Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Peter Martin & Lynn Freeman
Teresa McAloon
Dorothy McCagg
Mary McCartney & Louis Greco
T. J. McCartney
Lorna McEwen
Kenneth & Linda Miller
Laura Milliken
Brian & Mary Mokler
Gerry & Sharon Monroe
Makiyah Moody
Susan Nykamp
Orchard Foundation
Mark Otis & Ellen Ratner-Otis
The Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery
Christina Pickering
Matt & Michelle Pierson
Adam Pignatelli & Jessica Deforrest
Benjamin Pratt
Matt & Tasha Przybyla
The Putnam Foundation
Robert & Rosemary Putnam
Marta Rivera
Randolph & Deborah Roody
Kim Rosenfield
David & Mary Ruedig
Morgan & Tara Rutman
Dennis & Maureen Ryan
Monique & David Scharlotte
Jonathan Schwartz
Mark Scura & Maureen Redmond-Scura
Bill & Toby Shea
Lois Shea
Bruce & Amy Smith
Cotten Smith
James A. Squires & Karen Jones Squires
Roland & Sharon St. Onge
Cynthia Rodenhauser Stewart & Thomas J. Stewart
Jonathan Stewart
Posie Taylor
Jerry & Elizabeth Tepe
Bee Thayer
Town Fair Tire Foundation
Jack & Alexandra Tracy
Lyn Vinskus
Judith Wood
Elsa Worth
Deborah Wyman


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CAPP Family Fund
Jen and Eric Chinburg Fund
Family 140 Fund
Francis Fund
Bob and Deb Goldstein Family Charitable Fund
Jocelyn F. Gutchess Fund
Hermit Hill Farm Family Fund
Howe Family Fund
Lake View Fund
Curtis Lintvedt Contribution Fund
Nine Less Pines Fund
Petralia/Casey Family Fund
Phillips Family Fund
Rutman Family Fund
Caryl J. Sawtelle Fund
Joseph G. and Jean E. Sawtelle Fund
Tarleton Fund
Turcotte Family Fund
Peter and Lee D. Vandermark Fund
John and Gail Weeks Family Charitable Fund
Westmeadow Fund
Wood Family Fund
Wyman Family Fund