Giving strategies to help NH through the crisis
Here are some ways you can rally to help our communities
The Covid-19 pandemic is testing our communities in ways that are drawing apt comparisons to World War II. New Hampshire, which relies heavily on the nonprofit sector for an array of critical services, is going to need as many people as are able to rally around those organizations — as they distribute food, care for elders, shelter victims of violence, provide child care for emergency workers, report on critical public health information — and as they enhance the quality of life for everyone in New Hampshire: conserving open space, connecting us with the arts and humanities, securing our access to local food and so much more.
At the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, we are often asked about how and where to give during this time of urgent need and uncertainty. Here are some ways you can rally to help our communities through this crisis.
Give directly to New Hampshire’s nonprofit organizations
Nonprofits that provide services to our most vulnerable neighbors are seeing a huge increase in demand, while most are also seeing decreases in revenue. The New Hampshire Food Bank and food pantries all across the state are facing a surge in need as people have lost employment. More people are requesting Meals on Wheels. And the organizations are having to adapt and innovate to continue to safely feed people, for instance, with boxes packed that will feed a family for a week, delivered to the trunk of a car.
Organizations that provide shelter for homeless families and individuals are working hard to safely continue to provide those services. Many nonprofit child-care centers have closed, but others are staying open to provide care for the children of essential workers. Nonprofits have had to cancel spring fund-raising events — on which they rely for significant revenue — and many are laying off staff. Arts organizations that depend on ticket sales are hurting.
Nonprofits need support immediately, and will continue to need support in the months and years to come. Most organizations have the option to donate online. Under the newly passed CARES Act, all taxpayers can now deduct up to $300 in cash contributions to nonprofits in 2020, regardless of whether they itemize deductions or take the standard deduction.
Participate in NH Gives
NH Gives (nhgives.org) is a 24-hour online fundraising event to support New Hampshire nonprofits, taking place this year on June 9-10. An initiative of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, NH Gives has raised $1.5 million for organizations across the state since it was launched in 2016. Browse the site to learn about participating New Hampshire nonprofits and join with thousands of other Granite Staters to support the organizations that have always been there for us when we needed them most. (See ad on this issue’s back cover).
Give to a United Way fund or other Covid-19 response fund
Granite United Way, United Way of Greater Nashua, United Way of the Greater Seacoast and Monadnock United Way have all established relief funds specific to this crisis. The funds are directing resources to community nonprofits that are providing critical services, meeting basic needs of people in our communities and supplying emergency financial relief to families. One hundred percent of donations to these funds go directly to help those in need. Visit uwnh.org to give.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has established the Community Crisis Action Fund to support New Hampshire communities now and as we rebuild from the immediate effects of this crisis. The foundation is making immediate unrestricted grants to reduce pain and hardship for our most vulnerable neighbors and to reduce the longer-term impact of Covid-19 on critical systems such as healthcare, emergency response, child care and food security. The foundation is also supporting local emergency funds established by United Ways and others. Every penny donated into this fund will go to community nonprofits. Visit nhcf.org to give.
Laura Rauscher, director of development and philanthropy services at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, can be reached at 1-800-464-6641 ext. 274 or Laura.Rauscher@nhcf.org.