WHEN THE COVID-19 pandemic struck, New Hampshire’s nonprofit organizations did what needed to be executed: they tailored — and stored assembly their missions.
Homeless shelter workers found out the best way to hold roofs over individuals’s heads, even when that meant scrambling to search out room for individuals to isolate.
Individuals who run meals pantries and the New Hampshire Meals Financial institution found out the best way to safely proceed distributing groceries in our communities, even whereas seeing an enormous surge in demand.
Employees at household useful resource facilities found out the best way to hold remoted youngsters from struggling households linked with summer season actions, delivering provides to houses and assembly over Zoom.
Museums that often host college teams created on-line packages and linked households with remote-learning assets. Arts organizations, dealt a staggering blow from lack of income, discovered inventive methods to soundly provide programming to uplift and encourage.
Nonprofit youngster care facilities tailored to maintain doorways open for the youngsters of important staff.
The checklist goes on. And on. And on.
And nonprofits met this unprecedented want in our communities regardless of going through mounting and sudden prices, compelled cancellations of fundraisers that many depend on to maintain their budgets within the black, closures that despatched revenues into tailspins — all whereas going through down the large complexities of a world pandemic.
Many individuals have rallied to acknowledge and assist that heroic work. In June, the New Hampshire Heart for Nonprofits’ one-day giving occasion, NH Provides, shattered all earlier information — elevating extra in 2020 for Granite State nonprofits than it had within the earlier 4 years mixed.
Many individuals and companies have given generously to assist the important work that retains our communities robust. You gave time and money — a few of you gave meals and bathroom paper when these issues had been briefly provide. Each donation was appreciated. Many gave to United Means aid funds, to the New Hampshire Charitable Basis’s Neighborhood Disaster Motion Fund, to the Neighborhood Improvement Finance Authority’s Response Fund or on to these organizations that you just see doing good and very important work in your communities on daily basis.
Our three organizations labored collectively to create a grant program and to assist the state administer the Nonprofit Emergency Aid Program — serving to the Governor’s Workplace for Emergency Aid and Restoration to effectively and successfully distribute tens of millions in federal CARES Act funding to assist New Hampshire’s nonprofits hold going by means of this disaster.
However nonprofits want extra, and continued, assist. These organizations stay — and can stay — on the entrance traces: persevering with to handle the public-health disaster, combating for racial justice, addressing elevated want for fundamental providers, defending individuals’s proper to vote, constructing native financial alternatives. And a lot extra.
And nonprofits can be a important wellspring of resilience to assist rebuild the vibrancy, shared objective and connectedness that New Hampshire communities delight ourselves on.
The N.H. Heart for Nonprofits, the N.H. Charitable Basis, and the Neighborhood Improvement Finance Authority will proceed to serve the nonprofit sector: making grants, advocating, offering technical help. We urge federal and state policymakers to make extra funds accessible to assist nonprofits as we proceed to navigate and rebuild from this disaster. And we encourage the state to proceed to work with non-public philanthropic companions and the nonprofit sector to search out options to our shared challenges.
On this terribly difficult time, nonprofits haven’t failed and even faltered of their missions for our communities. The workers and volunteers of those exceptional organizations masked up, gloved up, and went proper on with the work.
Nonprofits had New Hampshire’s again when our communities wanted them probably the most, and so they proceed to have our again. Now, they want everybody who is ready to present that we’ve theirs:
Please, give as generously as you’ll be able to this vacation season to assist New Hampshire’s nonprofits hold assembly their important missions.
Kathleen Reardon, CEO of the NH Heart for Nonprofits, lives in New Boston; Richard Ober, president and CEO of the NH Charitable Basis, lives in Dublin; and Katy Easterly Martey, government director of the Neighborhood Improvement Finance Authority, lives in Manchester.