New Hampshire Charitable Foundation takes steps to invest in state’s youth
The program’s 10-year, $100 million plan aims to help young men and women find opportunities and achieve success
A New Hampshire foundation has decided to invest in the future of their youth through a 10-year, $100 million plan that will invest in the success and achievements of children in New Hampshire, primarily focusing on those from low-income families.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF), an organization that primarily works “with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving,” has played a vital role in New Hampshire communities since it was founded in 1962, working with local businesses and philanthropists to produce grants and scholarships for those in need.
Through its latest project, New Hampshire Tomorrow, the foundation’s goal is to work with local businesses and organizations to provide opportunities and prepare young men and women for successful careers.
According to a NHCF press release, the foundation has dedicated $11 million to New Hampshire Tomorrow, with most of the money going to scholarships, substance-use prevention programs and strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs in high schools and community colleges.
Eleven percent of kids in New Hampshire are living in poverty, according to the U.S. Census. With lack of access to better schools, mentors, after-school programs and activities that most low-income families face, the foundation’s president, Richard Ober, is hoping this program works to turn these issues around.
“As our population ages and in-migration slows, we have to give more kids the opportunity to thrive. It is both a social obligation and an economic imperative,” Ober said in a press release. “New Hampshire needs all of our kids to have the chance to thrive in career and community. But right now, only some get that chance. New Hampshire Tomorrow will help turn that around.”