Inspiring Dynamic Leadership for A Vital Tradition

Leadership at the Helm of
Community Change

Whether it’s rallying neighbors to address a community issue, ensuring a historical theater is preserved or working on more global issues of poverty, violence in schools or clean air — we - as citizens - depend on nonprofits to make impact in our communities.

At the helm of every nonprofit is a governing board, charting the direction, overseeing fiscal strategy and exploring ways to increase mission impact. Today’s nonprofits need dynamic business and community leaders in these vital positions. 

Most importantly, it’s a two-way street. 

Board service brings the professional a new network, new ways of developing leadership and the opportunity to have meaningful impact. In return, the nonprofit benefits from fresh new energy, approaches and ideas.

The Hoffman-Haas Fellowship will strive to populate NH nonprofit boards with inspired, prepared and ready-to-engage new leaders who can bring a solid grounding in board essentials and serve as an infusion of energy for existing boards.

Along the way, participating Fellows, individual nonprofit organizations, Mentors, and business partners will experience multiple leadership and enrichment goals. In the long run — benefit will be felt by communities and people.

Read the Keene Sentinel's coverage of the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship.

“As a Fellow in the inaugural class of the Hoffman-Haas program, I was able to learn and grow alongside other up-and-coming young people across the state. It was a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people with a similar passion for nonprofit organizations and board work. I would recommend this class to anyone looking to broaden their knowledge in the nonprofit realm – from good governance to fundraising to strong leadership, and beyond! Whether or not you’re currently serving on a board, everyone walks away with invaluable information from the lessons, as well as a relationship with your mentor and classmates. If you want to make a lasting impact in your community and benefit from personal enrichment along the way, do not hesitate to apply.”

– Meredith Speranza, Corporate Projects Manager at C&S Wholesale Grocers

Understanding the demands placed on today’s working professional, this program has been designed as a dynamic immersion experience with activities occurring over dinner sessions, online and during mentoring sessions.


Named in honor of two NH philanthropists who are known for their dedication to the vibrancy of our state and the well being of families, the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship honors John E. Hoffman Jr. of Sullivan and Tom W. Haas of Durham.

"We are thrilled that these two dynamic individuals have allowed us to name this program in their honor.  They have both invested much of their life’s work to service and community building," remarks Mary Ellen Jackson, Executive Director of the Center.

The Fellowship responds to a critical need in the sector, the need for an expanded and diverse pool of community leaders who are ready to bring their talent, passion and commitment to volunteer board service.

"Board service is probably one of the most meaningful ways to take part in civic leadership, but it does require passion, practice and care. This program will be a boost to many new board leaders and to the nonprofits they serve, so I am honored to lend my name," comments Hoffman.

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available!
Show your support for the communities in which you work, live and play by ensuring skilled board leaders are available to all nonprofits. Download our sponsorship brochure or contact Laurette Edelmann by calling 603 225-1947, ext. 117, or sending an email to to learn more about ways that your company can become a partner in this ground-breaking project.


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