By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
The Community Foundation Opportunity Network is a coalition of U.S. community foundations working together to ensure that all children, regardless of where they live, have an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.
The effort is now getting a major boost from the Ford Foundation with a $300,000 grant.
The Opportunity Network, which is led by Charitable Foundation President Dick Ober, is an unprecedented effort among community foundations to unite in a sustained effort around a single issue. The 43 participating foundations are collaborating to share best practices, tools and resources to advance opportunity in their own regions, while working with partners on the state, regional and national levels to advance equality of opportunity for all of America’s kids.
Events of 2020 exacerbated inequities, increased urgency for work to ensure that young people are able to reach their potential.
Network of Child Advocacy Centers around the state provide a child-centered, consolidated approach to help children at the center of abuse allegations.
In recent years, the Charitable Foundation has made investments that helped push statewide policy change and funding, build coalitions and secure significant federal dollars to help improve outcomes for young children. Christina Lachance, who had been leading that work, has now taken the helm as director of the New Hampshire Council For Thriving Children.
The support that mentoring programs provide to young people may be more critical than ever during this time of social isolation. These nonprofits have met the moment with tenacity and creativity to keep mentors connected with the kids who rely on them.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announces six scholarship recipients for the Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship Fund
The Bill and Esther Levy Scholarships support students from A. Crosby Kennett High School in Conway — awarding $66,500 in scholarships in 2020.
Many children who rely on intervention counselors like Amber Roux have had a lifetime’s worth of obstacles and traumas thrown at them before their tenth birthdays. Generous support from Charitable Foundation donors has helped to keep those counselors in Franklin's schools.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many community college students — who have jobs in industries like hospitality and food service — were laid off. Already-tight budgets were stretched to breaking. A grant from the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund and Pathways 2025 fund is helping students meet emergency needs, from tuition assistance to groceries to utilities — and stay in school.
In real and alarming ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequities in our communities. New Hampshire Tomorrow is about increasing opportunity for young people who currently have the least access to opportunity. As the effects of this crisis continue to unfold in our communities, that work becomes even more urgent.
Report details efforts to increase opportunities to help more young people in New Hampshire reach their potential.
Lakes Region Family Resource Center is one of 18 in New Hampshire that provide wraparound services to help families thrive.
Kaylee Downs of Rochester is earning a degree in fire science from Lakes Region Community College with help from Charitable Foundation Scholarships.
Matthias Page of Claremont, an ocean engineering and mathematics major at the University of New Hampshire, is working his way through school with help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship.