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The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, volunteers help ensure families have supplies. (Courtesy photo.)

The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, volunteers help ensure families have supplies. (Courtesy photo.)

Grants, generosity supporting NH communities in response to crisis

In the past three weeks, $2.4 million in grants have been made to address critical needs in our communities; generous New Hampshire people have contributed $2.6 million to the Community Crisis Action Fund.

New Hampshire’s nonprofits are adapting to unprecedented circumstances to provide critical services: continuing to safely feed growing numbers of people in need, innovating to safely shelter those without homes during this pandemic — and much more. In the past weeks, Foundation staff members have been in constant touch with our nonprofit partners to determine how to deploy resources where they are most needed.

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 given an unprecedented $2.6 million into that fund (in amounts ranging from $25 to $1 million) to help our communities in this time of crisis. Every penny is equally appreciated, and every penny is going out into the community.

Our goals right now are to reduce the pain and hardship on our most vulnerable neighbors — low-income families, hungry children, seniors, underserved people in every community; and, working with public and private partners, to reduce the impact on critical health care and social service systems.

The Foundation’s community impact strategy has four components: Immediate unrestricted grants to reduce pain and hardship for the most vulnerable, and release of 2021 installments of multiyear operating grants; Grants and public partnerships to sustain critical systems such as health care, emergency response, child care and food; Maximum flexibility and support for current grantees, including waiving or streamlining reporting requirements and deadlines, and repurposing grants to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19; and support for local emergency funds being set up by United Ways and other grassroots funders to get assistance directly to individuals and families in need.

Since this crisis began to unfold a few weeks ago, the following grants have been made through April 5, totaling $2.4 million:

Grants from the Community Crisis Action Fund and other Foundation funds to meet immediate community and organization needs: 

Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center, $4,500
Behavioral Health & Devt. Svc of Strafford Cty, $25,000
Belknap House, $5,000
Chase Home for Children, $1,500
Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, $10,000
Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, $5,000
Concord Hospital Trust, $10,000
Early Learning NH, $25,000
Fair Tide, $10,000
FIT/NHNH, $10,000
Friends Program, $10,000
Got Lunch Newport, $5,000
Got Lunch! Laconia, $5,000
Granite State Organizing Project, $5,000
High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program, $5,000
Home Health & Hospice Care, $10,000
Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services, $20,000
Krempels Center, $25,000
L.I.F.E. Ministries, $7,500
Mascoma Community Healthcare, $20,000
Memorial Hospital, $12,000
Monarch School of New England, $25,000
Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, $15,000
New Generation, $15,000
NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, $10,000
NH Food Bank of NH Catholic Charities, $10,000
North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency, $10,000
One Sky Community Services, $25,000
Plymouth Area Community Closet, $7,500
Rockingham Nutrition and Meals on Wheels, $5,000
SHARE Outreach, $5,000
Society of St Vincent de Paul Exeter, $5,000
St. Joseph Community Services, $20,000
St. Vincent de Paul of Hampton, $5,000
Stable Connections, $5,000
Strafford Nutrition & Meals on Wheels, $5,000
The Birchtree Center, $25,000
Touchstone Farm, $4,500
UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, $5,000
Vaughan Community Health Service, two grants totaling $11,000
Wakefield Food Pantry, $5,000
Waypoint, $16,150
YWCA New Hampshire, $10,000


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

Granite United Way, $20,000
Grantmakers in Health, $11,500
Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, $10,000
Monadnock United Way, $5,000
New England Grassroots Environment Fund, $10,000
United Way of Greater Nashua, $5,000
Upper Valley Haven, $5,000

Early release of unrestricted multiyear payments from Community Grants programs and special funds

Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, $10,000
America’s Youth Teenage Unemployment Reduction Network, $20,000
Amoskeag Health, $20,000
Bethlehem Redevelopment Association, $20,000
Bi-State Primary Care Association, $20,000
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, $20,000
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, $20,000
Boys & Girls Club of the North Country, $20,000
Capitol Center for the Arts, $20,000
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, $20,000
City Year New Hampshire, $20,000
Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, $20,000
Community Council of Nashua, $20,000
Concord Area Trust for Community Housing, $20,000
Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, $20,000
Concord Family YMCA, $20,000
Cornucopia Project, $20,000
COVER Home Repair, $20,000
Cross Roads House, $20,000
Crotched Mountain Foundation, $20,000
Everybody Wins Vermont, $10,000
Family Place, $20,000
Friends of Aine Foundation, $10,000
Friends of the Music Hall, $20,000
Gibson Center for Senior Services, $10,000
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, $20,000
Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, $20,000
Grow Nashua, $10,000
Haverhill Heritage, $10,000
Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, $10,000
Hundred Nights, $20,000
Journeys in Education, $20,000
Keene Housing Kids Collaborative, $10,000
Lakes Region Mental Health Center, $20,000
League of NH Craftsmen Foundation, $20,000
Manchester Community Music School, $20,000
Manchester Historic Association, $10,000
Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services, $20,000
Mayhew, $20,000
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Corporation, $20,000
Merrimack River Watershed Council, $10,000
Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter, $10,000
Monadnock Worksource, $20,000
New Hampshire Humanities, $20,000
New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition, $10,000
NH Preservation Alliance, $20,000
NH Theatre Project, $10,000
Northern Forest Center, $20,000
Pemi Bridge House, $20,000
Piscataquog Land Conservancy, $10,000
Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, $20,000
Positive Tracks, $20,000
Sinfonietta Strings, $10,000
Special Needs Support Center of the Upper Valley, $10,000
St. Joseph Community Services, $20,000
Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence, $20,000
Strawbery Banke Museum, $20,000
The Colonial Theatre Group, $20,000
The Upper Room, A Family Resource Center, $20,000
The Way Home, $10,000
Tiny Twisters Child Care Center, $10,000
Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, $20,000
Upper Valley Music Center, $20,000
Upper Valley Trails Alliance Inc., $10,000
Waypoint, $20,000
Webster House, $10,000
West Central Services, $20,000
Winchester Learning Center, $20,000
Women’s Information Services, $20,000


Public partnerships and initiatives

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

Amoskeag Health, $25,000
Early Learning New Hampshire, $25,000
Momsrising Education Fund, $25,000

  • Providing resources for needed technology so critical behavioral health services can be provided via telehealth:

Families in Transition/New Horizons, $27,367
Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center, $20,270
Headrest, $20,000
Harbor Homes, $30,000
Monadnock Family Services, $39,199

  • Helping to safely shelter people and families who are homeless during this crisis:

NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire, two grants totaling $250,000


Donor-advised-fund grants

Actuarial Foundation, $1,000
Advance Transit, $1,000
Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, $300
American Friends Service Committee-New Hampshire Program, $2,000
Amherst College Trustees, $10,000
Arts in Reach, $5,000
Audubon Society of New Hampshire, $750
Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, $2,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire, $10,000
BioDynamic Farming and Gardening Association, $3,500
Birch Rock Camp, $750
Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, $5,000
Calumet Lutheran Ministries, $5,000
Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities, $6,200
Center for the Arts Lake Sunapee Region, $250
Chase Home for Children, $1,000
Children’s Literacy Foundation, $1,000
Christ the King Parish, $1,000
Claremont Learning Partnership, $2,000
Claremont Soup Kitchen, two grants totaling $9,500
Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, $5,000
Community Gallery, $1,000
Community Kitchen, two grants totaling $10,000
Concord Hospital Trust, three grants totaling $13,500
Cornerstone VNA, $5,000
COVER Home Repair, $3,000
Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire, two grants totaling $12,000
Cross Roads House, two grants totaling $10,900
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, seven grants totaling $34,500
David’s House, $500
Doctors Without Borders, $1,000
Easter Seals New Hampshire, $1,000
Education for All Children, $2,500
End 68 Hours of Hunger, two grants totaling $5,900
Fair Tide, $900
Friends Forever, $60,000
Friends in Action, $5,000
Friends of Mascoma Foundation, two grants totaling $5,000
Friends of the Abbott Library, $500
Friends of the Music Hall, two grants totaling $130,000
Friends Program, $10,000
Gather, five grants totaling $21,900
Goffstown Network, $2,000
Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley, $500
Good Neighbor Health Clinic, $1,500
Got Lunch Newport, $3,000
Granite United Way – Southern Region, two grants totaling $1,750
Greater Seacoast Community Health, three grants totaling $60,000
Habitat for Humanity International, $750
Hanover Conservancy, $1,500
Hanover Improvement Society Corporation, $250
HAVEN, two grants totaling $3,400
Heifer International, $500
High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program, $3,000
HIV/HCV Resource Center, $1,000
Home Health & Hospice Care, $10,000
Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services, $5,000
Howe Library Corporation, $500
Hundred Nights, $5,000
International Institute of New England, $2,000
KMAC Museum, $1,000
Lake Sunapee Protective Association, $4,000
Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, $1,000
Lebanon Opera House, $500
Listen Community Services, $12,000
Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, $1,000
MakeIt Labs, $3,000
March of Dimes – New Hampshire, $750
Mom’s House, $1,000
Montshire Museum of Science, $1,000
Mt. Ascutney Outdoors, $10,000
Music Maker Relief Foundation, $500
MusiCares Foundation, $1,000
Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, $5,000
Neighborhood Connections, $2,000
NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire, $5,000
New England Grassroots Environment Fund, $2,000
New Generation, $2,000
New Hampshire Mime Company, $2,000
New Hampshire Public Broadcasting, two grants totaling $10,500
New Hampshire Public Radio, two grants totaling $10,500
New Hampshire SPCA, $5,000
New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, $2,000
NH Children’s Trust, $5,000
NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, $500
NH Food Bank of NH Catholic Charities, four grants totaling $21,000
NH Humanities, $10,000
NH Theatre Factory, $500
NH-VT Palliative Services, $1,000
North Country Community Theatre, $750
Opera North, $2,000
Partners in Health, $1,000
Peterborough Human Services Fund, $5,000
Phillips Exeter Academy, $25,000
Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County, $5,000
Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, $2,000
Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, $2,000
Rockingham Nutrition and Meals on Wheels, two grants totaling $5,900
Rye Education Foundation, $10,000
Rye Elementary School, $2,500
Rye Public Library, $10,000
Salvation Army – Waynesville, $2,000
Seacoast Community School, $5,000
Seacoast Family Promise, $900
Seacoast Repertory Theatre, $10,000
Selamta Family Project, $500
Shaker Bridge Theatre, $1,000
SHARE Outreach, $5,000
Smile Train, $1,000
South Church-The Unitarian Universalist Church of Portsmouth, $2,500
Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, $10,000
Southern New Hampshire University, $250
Special Olympics New Hampshire, $500
Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic & Sexual, $2,000
Strafford Nutrition & Meals on Wheels, $5,000
Strawbery Banke Museum, $5,000
Sunapee Fire Department Association, $250
Sustainable Harvest International, $1,500
The Center for Cartoon Studies, $500
The First Tee of New Hampshire, $10,000
The Friendly Kitchen, $6,000
The Joan G. Lovering Health Center, $3,000
The North Hampton Public Library, $5,000
The Squash and Education Alliance, $10,000
The Way Home, $5,000
Triangle Club, $5,000
Twin Pines Housing Trust, $5,000
University of New Hampshire Foundation, $500
Vaughan Community Health Service, $250
Womenade of Greater Squamscott, $2,500
Womenade of the Hamptons, $2,500
Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth, two grants totaling $3,400

Donors to Community Crisis Action Fund

Since the Community Crisis Action Fund was established on March 20, $2.6 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 through April 5:


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Patricia Andrews
The Barrette Family
Marianne Borowski
Monica Ciolfi
Laurence & Katharine Cloud
Sarah Coito
Dereck Deblois
Bob Dewey & Pam VanArsdale
Anna-Marie DiPasquale & Bruce Ocko
Mary Downes
Dorothy Fay
Joseph  & Katherine Fellows
Andrew & Ana Flaster
James Freiburger & Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger
Bill & Hansi Glahn
Brian Goetz & Margaret Newland Goetz
Margaret Goodlander
Paul & Robbie Hertneky
Robert Hickey & Patricia Burke Hickey
Deborah Knight
Richard Kruppa
Sara & Peter Lang
Peter Leberman
Robert & Judi Lemaire
The Long Family Charitable Foundation
Charlton & Diana MacVeagh
Claire Mallette
Laura Marron & Stephen Eckberg
Suzanne McMullen
Isaac Mishkit & Michelle Long
Joseph & Lindsay Morone
Donald Munson
Sherrill Nixon
Corinne Null
Dick & Liz Ober
John & Sarah O’Connor
Kristen Oliveri & Chris Plummer
Mark Otis & Ellen Ratner-Otis
Alison & Michael Perrella
Michael & Debora Pignatelli
John & Mary Rauh
Laura & James Rauscher
Samuel Reid
Martha Robb
Barbara Salvatore
Mary Searles
David & Janet Spalding
Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New Hampshire
Karin Turmelle
Michael Wagner & Laura Rice
Bernard & Mary Waugh
Jack & Pat Weeks
Eric & Karen Werner


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Aragain Fund
Ash Tree Fund
Beffa-Negrini Jubilee Fund
Dr. Horace, Gene, Robert and Jeannine Blood Family Fund
Phil and Suzie Boulter Charitable Fund
Blythe Brown Charitable Foundation
Dan Brown Charitable Foundation
Mary Johanna & Haley Brown Fund
Cochran Family Fund
Bea and Woolsey Conover Fund
Corbit Family Fund
Cornerstone Fund
Couch Family Fund
Stanton and Elisabeth Davis Fund
Dolloff Family Fund
Eagle’s Rest Fund
Entrepreneurs Fund
Feldstein Family Fund
David and Susan Feltus Fund
Flatirons Fund
Fowler Family Fund
Fraxinus Fund
Wesley Gardner Charitable Fund
Gehlbach Family Fund
Glahn Family Fund
Goodman Family Fund
Grandgeorge Family Fund
William S. Green Memorial Fund
Griffiths Wennrich Family Fund
Jean and William Hallager Fund
Hallowell Morrison Fund
Harkins Family Charitable Fund
Paul and Ann Harvey Legacy Fund
HBA Fund
Hirshberg Family Fund
Doris and Vivian Horton Fund
Impax Asset Management Charitable Fund
Maureen Marie Lein Memorial Fund
Lina Fund
Lower Gates Fund
Mainstay Technologies Fund
George W. Merck Fund
Jayne and Mike Morin Family Fund
Robert and Gena Cohen Moses Fund
Nutrire Fund
Opportunity Fund
Pat’s Place Fund
Bob and Rosemary Ragen Fund
Penny Pitou and Milo Pike Charitable Fund
Prince/Bergh Family Fund
Melinda Richmond Fund
Rosebud Fund
Barbara and Benjamin Rowland Fund for Historic and Wildlife Preservation
Semolina Fund
Silent “E” Fund
Skylark Fund
Ken and Ilene Stern Charitable Fund
Douglas and Angela Stone Family Fund
Sunderland Fund
Sundman Family Fund
Tacoma Fund
Tree Top Fund
VanBremen Family Fund
Welch Family Fund
Binney and Robert Wells Family Fund
Winebaum Fund