By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
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.
Read the 2017 Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Report to the Community (PDF)
New data point to behavioral health challenges among young people
Traci Fowler, Foundation director of behavioral health, on New Hampshire’s 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Data show behavioral health challenges among New Hampshire’s children and adolescents are real, and they are widespread. But importantly, they are also treatable, and oftentimes preventable. Prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover.
Announcing temporary changes to Community Grants program for 2023
As we work to improve our Community Grants program for the long-term, in 2023 we will offer a single, one-year, Unrestricted Grant program with awards of up to $20,000. There will be no Express Grants or multi-year Unrestricted grants awarded in 2023.
Sandeep Bikram Shah is a 2023 PLACES fellow
The PLACES Fellowship gives leaders in philanthropy the tools, knowledge, and best practices to ensure their work is centered on advancing equity and justice.
Charitable Giving Guide encourages support for nonprofits
New Hampshire Business Review's 2023 Charitable Giving Guide encourages people to give to the nonprofits that make New Hampshire better for all of us.
Meet Meena Gyawali
Meena Gyawali joined the Foundation in December as a Senior Program Officer. She has served as director of grants and compliance at Families in Transition and has a background in planning and community development. She talked to the Foundation’s Lois Shea about urban planning, how high school drafting classes led to her hobby of painting landscapes from Manchester’s Millyard, the search for the best empanada in town and why everyone should visit New Hampshire’s Queen City. Meena lives in Manchester with her family.
NH Charitable Foundation commits $500,000 to help bolster New Hampshire’s community mental health centers
Funds to support frontline mental health providers serving New Hampshire’s children, youth and families.
Meet Seana McDuffie
Seana McDuffie joined the Charitable Foundation in fall of 2022 as a program and student aid officer. Read about how her experience, including as a U.S. Marine veteran, informs the work she does at the Foundation, about her love of podcasts, movies and retro video games — and about the culture shock and racism she experienced when she first moved to New Hampshire.
SOAR program helps young people thrive
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.
Stories of hard work + community strength
The latest issue of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Purpose newsletter is available online, with hard copies arriving in mailboxes soon.
Grantees’ feedback helps Charitable Foundation improve
Foundation contracted with the independent Center for Effective Philanthropy to conduct a confidential survey of our grantees to learn more about how they perceive our work, and ways we might improve it. Read the full report, below.
Grant applications open for Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation
The Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and well-being and reduce the burden of illness of people in Strafford County and surrounding communities.
Thank you, Katie
Katie Merrow, who led the Charitable Foundation's community impact department for 14 years with outstanding distinction, has made the decision to hand off the reins. The Foundation is deeply grateful to Katie. "We will dearly miss her passion, her commitment to the work, and her tireless drive to make New Hampshire a better community,” said president and CEO Dick Ober.