Program areas at New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Grant program: The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is the state's largest provider of grants to nonprofits and scholarships to local residents. In 2020, that included almost $49 million in grants and program initiatives, including grants to 2,085 nonprofit organizations. Grants made reflect the widest range of the philanthropic imagination, including focused support in six areas: Health & Well-Being, Education, Environment, Arts & Culture, Civic Engagement and Economic Development. More than $6.4 million in scholarships were awarded to 1,692 students pursuing a wide range of education opportunities, including traditional colleges and universities, technical training and certificate programs, as well as programs that prepare students to succeed in the workforce and in their community.
Expenses for Grant Programs: In the case of these exceptional funds, programs have been created that connect resources made available by generous donors to the goals that motivated their gifts. This expense line includes dedicated staff to execute the intent of the donors, communications to present the goals and work of the funds to the communities they serve, and support for convenings to advance these goals.
Special funds: There are a select group of funds at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation which support focused programs related to the goals of the donors and respond to community needs. These include the Community Crisis Action Fund which was created to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic; the New Hampshire Tomorrow Fund which seeks to increase opportunities so young people can reach their potential and be ready to contribute to New Hampshire's communities and workforce, the Wellborn Ecology Fund, which seeks to increase knowledge of the environment and natural history of the Upper Valley in New Hampshire and Vermont; the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, which supports economic development in Coos County and surrounding communities; the Artist Advancement Fund, which provides support to an individual artist in the Greater Portsmouth area; the Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, which seeks to restore, protect and enhance the watershed near the confluence of the Connecticut and White rivers; and the Oliver J. and Dorothy Penniman Hubbard Fund, which supports efforts to prevent substance use disorders among the state's residents.