By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
Gretchen Carlson was a river rat — tooling around the river from the time she could handle a boat, observing every critter that swam and dove and fished.
Now, as program manager at the Gundalow Company, she teaches children about the science and history of Seacoast waterways. And she inspires a whole new generation of river rats.
Onboard the Gundalow Piscataqua, a replica of the barges that moved goods and people around the Piscataqua River watershed starting in the 1600s, Gretchen is all questions to a crew of fourth-graders: “Is it high tide or low tide? Where do phytoplankton get their energy? Do you think seals eat lobster?”
Gretchen is a former elementary school teacher with a graduate degree in climatology; she and her crew of volunteer educators work with about 2,500 kids every year.
On board, youngsters are scientists, navigators, observers — and crew. The philosophy of the Gundalow’s hands-on environmental and history
education is simple: “If you experience it, you will care about it. If you care about it, you will protect it.”
Organizations that work with people with disabilities have had to make a series of adaptations as they continue to provide critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants from the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund and other funds are helping to support that work. Here are just a few of their stories.
NH Charitable Foundation awards more than $1.2 million in grants to support river and watershed conservation
Projects will help improve water quality, habitat, biodiversity, and flood resilience in Connecticut River watershed.
Since the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold, generous New Hampshire people have rallied to help their neighbors, giving $3.9 million into the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund. The Foundation has made nearly $9 million in grants to help sustain our communities through this crisis in the same time period.
Read the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's 2019 annual report.
Nonprofit Duet program in Manchester "meets students where they are, and gets them where they need to be" with a combination of online learning, flexibility, coaching, tutoring, career counseling and more.
The New Hampshire Food Bank has hired a North Country food systems coordinator, with help from a grant from the Foundation's Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, to work with local organizations, strengthen infrastructure, improve accessibility to fresh food and improve distribution in the region.
Charitable Foundation announces newest round of grants and gifts in response to public-health crisis
Generous New Hampshire people have rallied to help their neighbors, giving more than $3.8 million into the Community Crisis Action Fund since March 20. Nearly $8 million has been granted to community nonprofits since the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold.
Fund of the Governor's Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery will distribute aid to nonprofits affected by the public-health crisis. Deadline for applications is June 25.
Social studies teacher from West Running Brook Middle School in Derry will spend her sabbatical year on a project called "Promoting Just Schools," aiming to help ensure that all New Hampshire children have an equal opportunity to thrive in the classroom.
More than 14,000 people give $3.2 million to 500 New Hampshire nonprofits during 24-hour online event hosted by NH Center for Nonprofits.
$60 million state fund from CARES Act allocation will help nonprofits continue to meet important missions for NH communities
The Foundation stands with those who are exercising their rights and their moral duty to peacefully and urgently call for justice and an end to the violence and countless injustices perpetrated upon Black people over the course of centuries.