Charitable Foundation picks Ober to succeed Feldstein


The search for a replacement for Lewis Feldstein as president of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has ended for a second time with the in-house appointment of Richard Ober of Dublin.Ober, the foundation’s vice president of civic leadership and communications, will fill Feldstein's shoes later this summer when Feldstein officially retires.Feldstein has headed the organization for the past 24 years. Under his leadership, the foundation became the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in northern New England, with assets growing from $25 million in 1986 to $375 million in 2008. That year he was named by Nonprofit Times as one of America's 50 top nonprofit leaders.The appointment of Ober marks the second time this year that the foundation has announced that it has found a replacement for Feldstein. In February, Thomas Kiernan of The Washington, D.C.-based the National Parks Conservation Association was picked for the job, but decided two months later not to accept it.Ober has 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, civic affairs and communications in New Hampshire. joining the foundation in 2008, he served as executive director of the Monadnock Conservancy and vice president for outreach and development with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.James Varnum, chair of the foundation's board, cited Ober's "deep roots in our state and a long-standing commitment to improving quality of life here. His experience in bringing together people to find solutions to difficult issues makes Dick the right person to lead the foundation in the years ahead."The transition will take place in mid-July, the foundation said. -- JEFF FEINGOLD/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW
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