By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
The Foundation’s website, nhcf.org, has been updated to be more accessible to people with a range of disabilities — including blindness, low vision, deafness and hearing loss. Software and design updates have been implemented to make the site more user-friendly for people who use screen-readers to navigate website content, to ensure proper contrast ratios for people with moderately low vision and to make the site entirely operable through a keyboard interface without requiring specific timings for keystrokes. Clicking the “Enable accessibility” hyperlink at the very top of the website enables accessibility mode throughout the site. Updates will be ongoing.
Announcing temporary changes to Community Grants program for 2023
As we work to improve our Community Grants program for the long-term, in 2023 we will offer a single, one-year, Unrestricted Grant program with awards of up to $20,000. There will be no Express Grants or multi-year Unrestricted grants awarded in 2023.
Sandeep Bikram Shah is a 2023 PLACES fellow
The PLACES Fellowship gives leaders in philanthropy the tools, knowledge, and best practices to ensure their work is centered on advancing equity and justice.
Charitable Giving Guide encourages support for nonprofits
New Hampshire Business Review's 2023 Charitable Giving Guide encourages people to give to the nonprofits that make New Hampshire better for all of us.
Meet Meena Gyawali
Meena Gyawali joined the Foundation in December as a Senior Program Officer. She has served as director of grants and compliance at Families in Transition and has a background in planning and community development. She talked to the Foundation’s Lois Shea about urban planning, how high school drafting classes led to her hobby of painting landscapes from Manchester’s Millyard, the search for the best empanada in town and why everyone should visit New Hampshire’s Queen City. Meena lives in Manchester with her family.
NH Charitable Foundation commits $500,000 to help bolster New Hampshire’s community mental health centers
Funds to support frontline mental health providers serving New Hampshire’s children, youth and families.
Meet Seana McDuffie
Seana McDuffie joined the Charitable Foundation in fall of 2022 as a program and student aid officer. Read about how her experience, including as a U.S. Marine veteran, informs the work she does at the Foundation, about her love of podcasts, movies and retro video games — and about the culture shock and racism she experienced when she first moved to New Hampshire.
SOAR program helps young people thrive
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside-down for children and teens, leaving families and schools looking for ways to help young people overcome feelings of profound uncertainty, anxiety and isolation. The SOAR program at Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton, was designed specifically to help young people cope with COVID’s fallout.
Stories of hard work + community strength
The latest issue of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Purpose newsletter is available online, with hard copies arriving in mailboxes soon.
Grantees’ feedback helps Charitable Foundation improve
Foundation contracted with the independent Center for Effective Philanthropy to conduct a confidential survey of our grantees to learn more about how they perceive our work, and ways we might improve it. Read the full report, below.
Grant applications open for Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation
The Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and well-being and reduce the burden of illness of people in Strafford County and surrounding communities.
Thank you, Katie
Katie Merrow, who led the Charitable Foundation's community impact department for 14 years with outstanding distinction, has made the decision to hand off the reins. The Foundation is deeply grateful to Katie. "We will dearly miss her passion, her commitment to the work, and her tireless drive to make New Hampshire a better community,” said president and CEO Dick Ober.
When young people are registered, they vote
A new study by the Civics Center, a national nonpartisan organization that works to increase high school voter registration, shows that comparatively few 18-year-olds in New Hampshire are registered to vote. The study was commissioned by the Charitable Foundation to help understand the landscape of youth voting in the state.