A component fund of the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

2009 Children’s Fund Grant Recipients

The Children’s Fund is committed to supporting non profits in the Upper Valley that serve children. In 2009, the Fund recommended a series of grants to help build the sustainable capacity of 19 local organizations to deliver services to children.

Grantees Are:

AVA Gallery and Art Center (Alliance for the Visual Art) is dedicated to promoting the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs that nurture, support and challenge New England artists, and to providing art classes for children, teens and adults of all levels and abilities.  AVA’s programs—including special events that foster interaction among artists, patrons of the arts and... Read more

Noted as the oldest children’s charitable organization in the state, Child and Family Services began in 1850 as the Manchester City Missionary Society, a collaborative of several Protestant churches in the areas, whose purpose was to “save the unclaimed souls of the city.” Primarily, it tried to church the “unchurched.” By the end of the century, it added the distribution of charity (food,... Read more

Good Beginnings is a free, home-visitor program that relies on trained volunteers to provide support to any family with a new baby. The concept behind the Good Beginnings home visiting program is simple and powerful: any family with a new baby can use a helping hand. Good Beginnings volunteers - like a good friend or neighbor - offer the kind of flexible support that can make a family's first... Read more

Hannah House teaches pregnant and parenting teens and young adults skills for healthy parenting and self reliance to assure the well-being of themselves, their children and their communities. Our vision is to break the cycle of children having children. Teens and young adults make choices for well-being, by deferring childbearing, pursuing education and fulfilling their potential as productive... Read more

Therapeutic Riding works by involving the rider's body and mind to promote increased self-esteem and confidence, as well as to improve posture, balance, hand-eye coordination and muscle tone.

Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, so riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, and... Read more

InspiringKids is a 501c(3) organization dedicated to nurturing our philanthropists of tomorrow by providing schools with the support, structure and tools to teach philanthropy. These young philanthropists will have opportunities to identify and meet the needs of today while developing the 21st century skills needed to solve the problems of tomorrow.

Our Mission

To educate and... Read more

Founded in 1932, the League of NH Craftsmen is one of the oldest and most prestigious craft organizations in the country. The League was formed during the years of the Depression to help New Hampshire craftspeople make a living through difficult financial times, through education and by building an audience and market for fine handmade craft. The League continues this mission today.

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The Norwich Public Library provides a year-round set of programs & exhibits. They also have events and programming for children and teens.

Opera North is the Northeast's premier summer opera festival, with a proud track record of presenting high-quality productions in the intimacy of the 710-seat Lebanon Opera House, and of serving as a career launching pad for Young Artists.

Over its long history, Opera North has presented a wide variety of repertoire, including Ariadne auf Naxos, Susannah, The Medium, The Tender Land,... Read more

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is the largest reproductive health care and sexuality education provider and advocate in northern New England.

Founded in 1965, PPNNE is now seeing patients at 20 locations across Vermont, New Hampshire, and southern Maine.

Mission of PPNNE

To provide, promote, and protect access to reproductive health care and sexuality... Read more

Revels was founded in 1971 by musician, educator and author John Langstaff and his daughter Carol to celebrate the seasons in performance through the power of traditional song, dance, storytelling and ritual.  Revels companies across the country create opportunities for communal celebration and participatory theater.

Carol Langstaff brought the Revels from Cambridge to Hanover, New... Read more

The Special Needs Support Center (SNSC) is a grassroots family organization for parents of children with special needs. Since 1979 SNSC programs have supported families in many ways - emotional support through caring staff members and connections with other parents, peer support groups, educational workshops for parents and professionals, educational advocacy, Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe,... Read more

For more than 30 years… The Upper Valley Haven has provided temporary shelter and educational programming for homeless families and adults as well as food and clothing to anyone in need. The Haven has fostered independence through our Shelter Advocacy, Aftercare, Outreach and Education Programs. The Haven is open 365 days per year and never charges for any of its services. We... Read more

This innovative program expansion is designed to provide urgent dental care for low-income pregnant women.

Recent research has shown that poor dental health in pregnant women can cause premature births or low birth weight.  Infections can also be passed along to children and may not become evident for a number of years after birth.  Although the Red Logan Clinic in White River Junction... Read more

The Upper Valley Trails Alliance advocates for the use, maintenance and development of trails in the region. Through education, outreach & stewardship we:

  • promote active lifestyles through trail use in all seasons
  • connect people and places through a regional trail network
  • lead a coalition of local trail groups and advocates

The mission of the Vermont Foodbank is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont will go hungry.

Ending Hunger Transforms Lives

Hunger has challenged societies since prehistory. Some will say that means hunger will always be with us. The vermont Foodbank disagrees. We believe that these times provide an unprecedented opportunity to end... Read more

Vital Communities is a regional nonprofit organization based in White River Junction, VT, that works to engage citizens, organizations, and communities in creating solutions to our region's challenges.


  • Valley Food and Farm fosters the relationships that make agriculture a vital part of daily community life.
  • Valley Quest is an award-winning, place-based... Read more

2016 Children's Fund Grantees