Richard Ober and Matt Pierson at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

Richard Ober and Matt Pierson at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

The power of many

A letter from Foundation Board Chair Matt Pierson and CEO Richard Ober

The power of many: It’s the definition of a community foundation.

A community foundation combines the passion, resources, time, talent and hard work of thousands of people. Together, we have the power to help 1,500 students each year afford college. To preserve our most fragile natural resources. To make progress in battling the substance use crisis. We have the power to expand opportunities for all of New Hampshire’s kids.

There is a tremendous amount of work to be done.

But the numbers are with us: the hundreds of generous people who have established more than 1,700 charitable funds. The record $38.8 million put to work in our communities in 2015. Grants supporting more than 1,600 nonprofits, where thousands of people work to make New Hampshire better every day. The 124 volunteer regional advisors and board members guiding our Foundation’s work. Hundreds of partners in the public sector, business and education – and dozens of regional and national funders working with us to support innovative efforts in New Hampshire.

Each year, more people join in this good work. With every person who steps up, the power of many grows a little stronger. And New Hampshire gets a little better.

Thank you for being part of it.