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Vita et Caritas Award Provides $2,500 Grant


Bishop Peter A. Libasci, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, will present the Vita et Caritas Award (For Life and Love Award). The Award will be presented to a non-profit organization’s volunteer who makes significant contributions to the organization. The award recipient will be honored at the Bishop’s Summer Reception on September 5, 2019, and the non-profit agency will receive a grant of $2,500.

This annual award is given in honor of the memory of Ruthie Ford, whose life reflected Catholic ideals and tireless dedication to service in the cause of helping women, children and families. Guided by the principle that life was a gift from God, she used her beliefs to create social action.

In 2018, we presented the fourth Vita et Caritas Award to Hamisi Juma. In 2014, Mr. Juma founded the Safari Youth Club and has been the Executive Director. The Club educates and empowers young refugees and immigrants through sports and arts and provides training and mentoring to help youth reach all their goals in life. Safari Youth Club currently serves approximately 80 children and helps families adjust to their new lives in the United States. For Hamisi, helping his community is important while also being the energy and impetus behind Safari Youth Club.

In 2017, we presented the third Vita et Caritas Award to Ms. Linda Shemanske. Ms. Shemanske is a board vice president for Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley. She has served as a volunteer for the past 30+ years and is one of the founders of the organization along with other women of St. Denis Parish in Hanover.

In 2016, we presented the second Vita et Caritas Award to Mr. George Rousseau. Mr. Rousseau is a Guardian ad Litem for Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire (CASA). In his fifteen years as a volunteer with CASA, Mr. Rousseau has personally advocated in the N.H. Courts for nearly 20 children who have suffered from neglect or abuse, with ages ranging from newborn up to 18 years old.

In 2015, we presented the inaugural Vita et Caritas Award to Dr. Nicole Varasteh to recognize her work caring for pregnant women. Dr. Varasteh is an Obstetrics and Gynecology physician with Dartmouth Hitchcock in Concord, who volunteers her time with CareNet Pregnancy Center of Manchester and Nashua and CareNet Pregnancy Center of Greater Concord.

Full information and an application form are available at www.catholicnh.org/bcaf/vca.

Applications must be received by Friday, May 31, 2019.

Nominations now open for the 2019 Alnoba Environmental Leadership Awards

Alnoba is accepting nominations until June 1, 2019 for their Environmental Leadership Awards, which include the:

  • Moral Courage in Leadership Award,
  • International Indigenous Leadership Award,
  • Emerging Environmental Entrepreneur Award, and the
  • CEO Environmental Leadership Award.

Visit Alnoba's website to learn more about the awards and submit your nomination.

Free Hanging File Folders

The NH Bar Association has hanging file folders in a variety of colors—all in pristine condition—available on a first come, first serve basis to nonprofits.

For more information or to schedule a pickup, call (603) 715-3279 or email receptionist@nhbar.org.

Call for Nominations: Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year

Volunteer NH is seeking nominations for the 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year Award.

The award will be presented at the 2019 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism, which will be held at Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH) on Monday, May 20, 2019. Nominations are due Monday, April 1 at 11:59 PM.

Learn more and submit a nomination

Function/Event Space in Concord

The Concord Community Music School, conveniently located in downtown Concord, offers its facilities to serve a multitude of rental needs, from business meetings to concerts to creative retreats. The two large performance spaces -- the lovely Recital Hall, formerly a church sanctuary, and the multi-purpose Community Room (each with 150 person capacity) each feature a Steinway B concert grand piano. Our meeting rooms (20-person capacity) are available for breakout sessions or staging areas, and we offer multiple smaller music studios for practice, depending on availability. We also offer use of our small but fully equipped kitchen. The building offers wireless internet connection, is handicap accessible and we offer ample free parking in our Fayette Street lot. For more information, contact Kristin at (603) 228-1196 x105, or email registrar@ccmusicschool.org.

Pro bono design support for nonprofits

Designers Available (D/A) connects designers with projects in service of non-profits and community organizations actively facilitating social change through direct service, arts and culture, and grassroots politics and activism. Applications for the first project cycle (Mid-February to the end of April) are due on February 1. More project cycles will open in April, July, and September. Please feel free to submit an application if you are interested in any project cycle.

Learn more and apply

Business of the Year Awards

Applications for Business NH Magazine Business of the Year Awards are due by January 11. The 2019 winner of the nonprofit category will receive an unrestricted $5,000 grant from New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in tribute to Walter J. Dunfey.

Learn more and apply

Seacoast Half Marathon beneficiary application

At the beginning of each year, the Seacoast Half Marathon organizing committee selects a non-profit beneficiary for that year’s race. Each year’s revenue, after direct race expenses are paid, goes to the beneficiary and to the other non-profit groups that staff the water stops on the race course each year. Historically, the beneficiaries have earned between $35,000 and $120,000, depending on race registrations and sponsorship revenue.

Please download the beneficiary application to learn which types of organizations can qualify, what information is needed to complete the application process, and what the requirements are for each organization chosen as the Seacoast Half Marathon beneficiary.

Click HERE to download the Seacoast Half Marathon beneficiary application. The due date for submission of the applications is February 1, 2019.

MarketSpark Consulting Seeks Nominations for Donations

Each quarter, starting in 2018, MarketSpark Consulting will choose two nonprofits/charities to which they will donate 10% (5% each) of their net profit. Additionally, they will give a third nonprofit/charity free marketing consulting for the following quarter, up to 10 hours each month (over a $3,000 value). 

Is there an organization you'd like to nominate for free marketing consulting or donations? Nomination form here.

Downtown Concord Event Space

The League of NH Craftsmen's engaging headquarters is an intimate and inspiring space for your next event. Centrally located in the heart of NH, the League offers flexible spaces perfect for business meetings, corporate and creative retreats and social gatherings.

To receive details of about the meeting room, gallery and classroom spaces, as well as additional amenities and pricing, please contact nhleague@nhcrafts.org or call (603) 224-3375, ext. 101.

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