By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Content Manager |
Young people more engaged in their communities. A small business launched that became the heart and hearth of a town. A teacher recognized for 40 years of dedication. A student on his way to a career in tech. More kids getting high-quality early childhood education that will help them grow into adults who sustain the region tomorrow. Elders and low-income residents getting access to critical legal services. Key sectors of the North Country economy getting a major boost.
Behind every grant made by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, there is a story. The 2017 Report to the Community tells just a few of them. The fund that was created 11 years ago through the generosity and dedication of Neil and Louise Tillotson granted out more than $3 million in 70 grants in 2017. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is honored to steward the legacy of the Tillotsons, and to be able to help the North Country and surrounding regions to thrive.
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.
Ralph Baer was an engineer and inventor whose "brown box" controller became the original prototype for much of modern video gaming. The Ralph H. and Dena W. Baer Scholarship Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will support the next generation of innovative thinkers from the Queen City, helping students from Manchester Central High School who want to study in technology-related fields
Results of the 10-year Coös Youth Study by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire show that a strong civic culture and deep sense of community act as protective factors for young people in the North Country, even as the region struggles to adapt to a shifting economy and out-migration. Data will be used to inform grantmaking in the region
The Charitable Foundation's Tym Rourke reflects on the history of a policy-first approach to funding in the area of substance use disorders prevention, treatment and recovery that was not always popular, but that has led to lasting and meaningful change. Rourke and Charitable Foundation President and CEO Richard Ober will be presenting on "Foundations and Policy Leadership" at the Center for Effective Philanthropy's national conference in May
Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund announces more than $350,000 in grants to support efforts in the North Country
Adventure seekers will learn about mountain-biking opportunities in Coös County thanks to a new marketing campaign. A local theatre will entertain thousands of guests with live performances and film. And more
Tilly Players, after-school program at Boys & Girls Club of the North Country and After School Kids in Whitefield receive support from youth-led program of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund
The Charitable Foundation invested $17.5 million to increase opportunities for young people through its New Hampshire Tomorrow initiative last year. Read our 2018 progress report
Kearsarge Elementary School teacher plans to make the traditional three R’s more meaningful to young students by exposing their teachers to three C’s — creating, collaborating and connecting
The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation made more than 70 grants and totaling $3.3 million in 2018. Read the stories of just a few of those grants in the Tillotson Fund's annual Report to the Community
Gretchen Carlson, program manager at the Gundalow Company in Portsmouth, teaches children about the science and history of Seacoast waterways
Allyson Ryder, Associate Director of Leadership New Hampshire and member of the Governor's Council on Diversity and Inclusion, on the importance of collective and concerted efforts to make the Granite State a welcoming place for all
An impact investment from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is helping Twin Pines Housing create energy-efficient, affordable housing for 29 families in the Upper Valley, which is one of the tightest housing markets in the state