Current Charitable Initiatives

COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES OF NH:  TRUSTEE

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire is a nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to serve as advocates for abused or neglected children throughout the state. CASA volunteer advocates represent the interests of children by providing vital information to help judges make critical decisions that impact the life of each child. Since CASA was founded in 1989, we have given more than 10,000 New Hampshire children a voice in District and Family courts and a chance at a brighter future.


EXETER AREA SCHOLARSHIPS – THE DIFFERENT FUND:  FOUNDER AND TRUSTEE

Exeter Area Scholarships raises funds to grant to students from the greater Exeter area with financial need and difficult circumstances or unusual challenges.  Students may attend any form of secondary education from a 4 year college, to a technical school, culinary institute or community college.  100% of the funds raised and awarded each year.  Management costs are underwritten by Nancy Phillips of Nancy Phillips Associates and Rob Burns of Baystate Financial.

 

THE MUSIC HALL:  FOUNDING MEMBER

In the mid-1980s an old theater in Portsmouth, NH was put on the auction block.   A group of concerned citizens organized as The Friends of The Music Hall and after long months of hard work and fundraising, the theater emerged as a nonprofit center for the arts.  Over the last 30 plus years, The Music Hall has become the cultural hub of downtown Portsmouth - building community, inspiring civil discourse, educating, entertaining, and inspiring audiences of all ages with national and international top tier entertainment as well as regional and local performing artists, authors and film.

 

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE FILM FESTIVAL:  SPONSOR

The New Hampshire Film Festival is an annual fall event that unites professional filmmakers, screenwriters, and film industry experts with film lovers. The NHFF Mission is to inspire audiences with thought provoking cinematic stories from visionary talents in independent filmmaking, and to provide a platform for emerging artists to advance their craft, engage with the community and promote industry leaders.

  

ROCHESTER DROP-IN CENTER FOR HOMELESS YOUTH:  MAJOR DONOR

The Rochester Drop-In Center, developed by Waypoint, opened in 2021.  Waypoint is the only organization in NH that provides full services to youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 25 who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability.  The Drop-in Center is a safe place providing basic needs as well as services that help young people learn how to change their lives.

 

404 NOT FOUND:  A DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE:  PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR

Homelessness is uncomfortable to acknowledge. It makes us feel emotions we prefer to avoid and leads us to look past people rather than into them.  This documentary introduces you to the youth that have experienced years as homeless teenagers under the radar of their own community. Whether they are escaping abusive situations, fearful of the foster care system or rejected by their own families, they often hide from those who would help them and those who would hurt them alike.

‘404 Not Found’ references an internet code for a webpage not found, just as these youth are the most difficult population to locate.

 

THE SOUTHEAST LAND TRUST:  MAJOR DONOR

The Southeast Land Trust (SELT) conserves and stewards land for the benefit of people and nature.  Since 1980, SELT has partnered with landowners and towns to conserve more than 25,000 acres with the mission of protecting and sustaining the land in our communities, thereby sustaining people and nature.