Hoffman-Haas Fellowship

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Charting a New Course in Nonprofit Leadership

At the helm of every nonprofit organization lies a governing board, steering the ship, guiding the course, and ensuring financial sustainability while exploring innovative ways to amplify their mission's impact. In today's ever-evolving landscape, nonprofits require dynamic individuals with a diverse range of skills and perspectives to take up these critical positions. We believe that the future of nonprofit leadership should be inclusive, vibrant, and rich with fresh ideas.

The Hoffman-Haas Fellowship is not just another leadership opportunity; it's a two-way street. Board service provides you with the chance to connect with new communities, develop your leadership skills, and make a meaningful impact. In return, the nonprofit sector benefits from your fresh energy, innovative approaches, and unique insights. It's a win-win scenario where personal and professional growth meets the greater good.

Our Mission:

The Hoffman-Haas Fellowship is committed to populating New Hampshire's nonprofit boards with inspired, prepared, and ready-to-engage leaders. We empower our Fellows with a strong foundation in board essentials and encourage them to become a catalyst for positive change within existing boards. By joining our fellowship, you will not only embark on a journey of personal and professional growth but also contribute to the betterment of our communities.

What to Expect:

As a Hoffman-Haas Fellow, you will experience a transformative journey, impacting not only your life but also the lives of those you serve. Our program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and connections necessary to excel in nonprofit board leadership. Here's what you can expect:

  • Board Essentials: Gain a solid understanding of the core principles of effective nonprofit board governance. Learn how to navigate financial strategy, legal responsibilities, and ethical considerations.
  • Mentorship: Benefit from the guidance of experienced Mentors who will support your growth and provide invaluable insights into the nonprofit sector.
  • Networking: Connect with like-minded individuals, diverse communities, and fellow Fellows, broadening your horizons and expanding your professional network.
  • Leadership Development: Hone your leadership skills through real-world board scenarios, tackling complex challenges, and making strategic decisions.
  • Enrichment: Participate in workshops, small group coaching sessions, and events that will deepen your understanding of nonprofit governance and leadership.

Now Accepting Applications

We are now recruiting Fellows and Mentors for the spring 2024 cohort of the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 19, 2024.

Is the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship right for you?

View a recording of the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship Info Session to learn how you can become involved as a Fellow, Mentor, or sponsor. 


A group photo of the 2022 Hoffman-Haas Fellows and Mentors.


Hoffman-Haas Fellows are individuals with a strong desire to be effective civic leaders and actively engage in issues which impact their community by applying their problem-solving skills, unique perspective, and personal network to nonprofit board service. The Hoffman-Haas Fellowship will provide you with a robust understanding of what it means to be a nonprofit board member and how you can be effective in that role, regardless of your experience or background.

The design of the program offers a combination of cutting-edge course content presented by both national and local thought-leaders along with opportunities for online learning, discussion, and exposure to how board service also builds leadership expertise. Fellows are also connected with a group of experienced board leaders who supplement presentations with their real-world experiences and advice throughout the program.

We encourage applications from a wide range of people with varied professional or lived experience.

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Mentors are a key piece of the learning experience provided to Hoffman-Haas Fellows. Do you have lessons learned from your board tenure that could enhance a Hoffman-Haas Fellow's experience? Join a team of other experienced board leaders to serve as a sounding board and to share your experiences and wisdom with a group of Fellows. Serving as a mentor helps to ensure the next generation of board leaders have the tools they need to effectively govern and maximize their impact.

We encourage applications from a wide range of people with varied professional or lived experience.

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Join Us in Shaping a Brighter Future

By becoming a Hoffman-Haas Fellow or Mentor, you're not just joining a fellowship; you're becoming part of a movement that empowers leaders to drive positive change in New Hampshire's nonprofit sector. We believe that strong, informed, and diverse leadership is the key to a thriving and impactful nonprofit community. Join us on this exciting journey, and together, we'll make a difference in the lives of countless individuals and communities.

Are you ready to be the change? Apply for the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship and help us create a better tomorrow through effective nonprofit board leadership.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Empower Tomorrow's Nonprofit Leaders

At the heart of every vibrant and resilient community are strong nonprofit organizations led by dedicated board members. These individuals work tirelessly to ensure that the missions of these organizations are fulfilled, making a positive impact on the lives of countless community members.

Sponsoring the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship is your opportunity to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of nonprofit leadership in New Hampshire. It's a chance to invest in a cause that not only benefits the nonprofit sector but also strengthens the very communities where you work, live, and play.

Make your mark on the future today. Contact us to explore sponsorship opportunities and be part of a transformative movement that empowers nonprofit leaders and enriches the lives of countless community members. Together, we can make a real and lasting impact.


Tom Haas & John HoffmanNamed 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.

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.


The 2024 Hoffman-Haas Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.

Merrimack County Savings Bank      

Kairos & Heart Consulting

McLane Middleton