By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Content Manager |
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.
The People’s United Community Foundation has aligned its New Hampshire grantmaking with the priorities of “New Hampshire Tomorrow,” the Charitable Foundation’s initiative to increase opportunity for young people — helping more kids go to summer camp, enabling more kids to get mentors, supporting wraparound services for struggling young families, and more
Weekly grocery deliveries are being made to children during summer break and school vacation weeks; high school cross-country skiers will be able to participate on teams and enjoy New Hampshire’s official state sport; new art will be installed on the Franconia ArtWalk — and much more. The Charitable Foundation’s Express Grants program, which has a streamlined application process and short turnaround time, provides small grants (less than $5,000) to nonprofits in need of flexible funding to help with specific projects and programs
The Austin17 House in Brentwood is a place where young people feel connected, and heard, and celebrated
Brandon Pierre is a mentor with the Mayhew Program. Mayhew doesn’t change people, Brandon says. It gives boys “an authentic, honest belief in themselves — which allows them to change their future.”
Foundation Senior Strategic Learning and Evaluation Officer Yulya Spantchak analyzes New Hampshire's results in the most recent Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The new data give New Hampshire much to celebrate — and point to areas where we can and should do more
Dr. Lisa DiBrigida of Amoskeag Health on a whole-family approach that helps children thrive
Medallion Fund scholarships helped Michelle Porter earn her degree in Welding Technology from Manchester Community College
Center for children with disabilities in Keene has been caring for children with complex needs for more than a half-century
Grants from the David M. Brooks Music Fund are sending new cellos, trumpets, trombones, flutes, violins and more to children in Manchester public schools; and guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and xylophones to public-school children in Laconia
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announces five 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 $62,000 in scholarships in 2019
A few examples of recent grants making a difference in communities around the Granite State: Portsmouth Music and Arts Center builds community through the arts; Christa McAuliffe's legacy continues; Kids in Chichester get new playground equipment; Empower Coös Youth Grant Committee makes its first round of grants; Veterans get support and services; History is preserved in Manchester; The largest remaining dairy farm in the Monadnock region is conserved
Project LAUNCH, a coalition of nonprofits and public agencies, has been building a coordinated system of services and care to make sure that every child in Manchester has the social and emotional supports she needs to learn, thrive and grow: developmental screening that leads to earlier interventions; professional coaching and development for early childhood teachers; making behavioral health a routine part of pediatric visits; parenting classes and home visiting; a rapid-response team for children who have been affected by trauma.