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 strives 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.

Learn how you can get involved with the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship as a:

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.
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.


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 leadership, management and strategic problem-solving skills to nonprofit board service.

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, debate and exposure to how board service also builds leadership expertise.

Hoffman-Haas Fellowship speakers have included:

  • Chuck Loring
  • Susan Meier
  • Cathy Trower
  • Steve Zimmerman

“…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


Mentors will be 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?


Merrimack County Savings Bank   •   New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority   •   Penchansky & Co., PLLC


Sponsor the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship

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 Kathleen Reardon by calling (603) 225-1947, ext. 112, or sending an email to kreardon@nhnonprofits.org to learn more about ways that your company can become a partner in this ground-breaking project.



Hoffman-Haas Fellows are highly-trained, motivated community leaders that are ready to serve on a nonprofit board. At the end of their Fellowship, the Center connects Fellows with nonprofit organizations in their community.

Complete our brief application if you have availability on your board or committee and your organization is interested in getting involved with the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship.

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