The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is guided by a vision for strong, just and inclusive communities.
But no community can be truly strong when it is weakened by systemic racism.
No community can be truly just if justice is meted out unevenly.
No community can be truly inclusive when some of us are shut out of opportunity, of health care, of the right to simply walk home free of fear.
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.
We have work to do. We have not done close to enough. We are actively examining and listening for ways we can do better and planning actions to take — in the short-term and the long-term.
And we will remain focused on that vision of justice and inclusivity for all our communities and all people — because justice and inclusivity are the wellspring of our shared strength.
Foundation launches Racial Justice Fund, which will be led by a group of community partners with lived experience and a passion for advancing racial justice. The group will decide how the fund should be used to advance racial justice in New Hampshire and will define goals and priorities for the fund.
As the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation undertook a strategic planning process to set priorities for the coming years, we first set out to listen closely to people who have faced those barriers.
New Hampshire's housing crisis is not new, but it is severe. Nonprofits are working on multiple fronts to address it.
Christina Kim Philibotte is the chief equity officer for the Manchester School District. A Foundation grant to Manchester Proud helped support the creation of her position. She spoke to the Foundation’s Lois Shea about her work.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation believes that HB 1431, if passed, would prove detrimental to the health and safety of some of our most vulnerable children. Several components of this bill would undermine important relationships with teachers and mentors that can be a lifeline for young people, and would undercut our public schools.
Grow Nashua connects people through urban gardens, programs and education at elementary schools, farm stands with free produce and curbside compost pickup.
Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country provides year-round opportunities for sport, recreation and wellness, enriching quality of life for people with disabilities.
“Native people still live here in New England and they are your neighbors or work at the supermarket or are your doctor,” said Museum Executive Director Andrew Bullock. “It’s a really vibrant community that’s just simmering below the surface.”
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation stands firmly behind the belief that all of our children deserve an education that promotes their development and critical thinking skills and offers them practical tools for their future. As such, we urge the legislature to pass SB304 to repeal and replace the provisions adopted in last year’s budget bill, HB2. The current law makes it difficult for our children to receive the complete education they deserve to help them thrive in communities and civic life.
Grants from the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund, combined with federal CARES Act funding, made it possible for the cities of Manchester and Nashua to each hire four community health workers to to help people of color access care, testing and other services and resources to improve health outcomes.
In an era of new complexities, tensions and awareness, the New Hampshire program of the American Friends Service Committee has been unwavering and expansive in its dedication to mission, working on a towering array of issues — from racial equity to immigrants’ rights to economic justice.
Anyone who has ever struggled to explain the importance of the arts might try this, from JAG’s mission:
“…to catalyze compassion, empathy, love, and community through shared understandings of humankind through the lens of the African American experience…”