SOAR program helps young people thrive
January 18, 2023
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.
Charitable Foundation awards $3.8 million in operating support to nonprofits
January 11, 2023
Recent funding from Foundation's Community Grants program provides multiyear operating support to more than 80 nonprofits working across New Hampshire.
Truly local foods
January 5, 2023
The Abenaki Seeds Project is producing flint corn for cornmeal, Abenaki rose corn, skunk pole beans, true red cranberry beans and crookneck squash. The food is being shared through the Abenaki Helping Abenaki food pantry.
New services for young people experiencing homelessness
January 4, 2023
Waypoint estimates that as many as 14,000 people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience homelessness in New Hampshire in a year’s time. Waypoint is expanding services for young people experiencing homelessness in New Hampshire, with new resource centers in Rochester and Concord and an expansion to provide emergency overnight shelter in Manchester.
Standout Concord High athlete is now first in family to attend college
October 18, 2022
Hamza Abdulrahman is attending college with help from a Foundation scholarship. His scholarship is from the Elizabeth I. Bickel Scholarship fund — which was created by a woman whose own family had emigrated to America, and always found ways to help the next waves of immigrants following behind them.
Together we thrive: In our communities
July 8, 2022
A few examples of recent grants making a difference around the Granite State.
Mary Ann Dempsey awarded 2022 Caroline and Martin Gross Fellowship
June 23, 2022
The honor will enable Dempsey to attend an intensive, three-week program this summer with public servants from around the world. Dempsey will attend the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in July. The fellowship, now in its 28th year, was established in memory of the late New Hampshire House Majority Leader Caroline Gross and the late Concord Mayor Martin Gross to honor dedication to public service.
A scholar, a worker – and a welcoming presence for refugees
March 9, 2022
As a youngster in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hussain Amiri collected and sold firewood and made carpets to help support his family, then studied at night. After enduring war and trauma, his family arrived in Concord with only what they carried and very little idea of what to expect. Now, he is studying at Plymouth State University for a career in computer science and working as a case manager at Building Community in NH, helping refugees as they build new lives in New Hampshire.
Keeping open space open
September 8, 2021
As people took to local trails in record numbers during a global pandemic, they discovered that much of that open space had been conserved and access to it provided by small land trusts like Bear-Paw Regional Greenways.
Local news matters
August 25, 2021
A conversation with Eileen O’Grady, a Report for America fellow and the education reporter at the Concord Monitor. A grant from the Charitable Foundation is helping to support her position.
Fresh Start Farms helping to feed our communities
October 7, 2020
The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success operates farms that have become an important part of the local food-shed. A mobile market brings fresh, local produce to housing communities in Concord and Manchester, and a Food Hub is now operating in downtown Manchester. And a CSA delivers to homes and businesses.
Continuing gifts and grants in response to COVID-19
September 30, 2020
Since the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold, generous New Hampshire people have rallied to help their neighbors, giving more than $4.1 million into the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund. The Foundation has made more than $9.7 million in grants to help sustain our communities through this crisis.