Community Calendar Event

New Futures Full-day Advocacy Training

Presented by: New Futures

Do you know how to effectively advocate for issues you care about in NH? Learn how to make change in the Granite State! We’ll cover topics like how a bill becomes a law, best practices for engaging with legislators, and practical advocacy skills. The day will include a walk-through of the State House. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Doors open at 8:30 am. Snow date: January 30th.

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: New Futures

For Good or For Ego? Changing Motivations for Philanthropy and Their Impact on Funding

Presented by: Stanford Social Innovation Review

This complimentary SSIR Live! program will explore:

  • Insights into key motivations for giving, based on new research
  • Practical strategies to implement in response to potentially changing giving motivations
  • Understandings of generational differences in giving, and what these means for your organization

Nonprofits often appeal to donors’ compassion to inspire giving. In reality, individuals give for many other reasons, including giving for tax benefits, or because donors admire the social entrepreneur leading a particular organization. Others may choose to give to enhance their real or perceived social status—achieving immortality by having their name on a building—which has become a boon for hospitals, universities, libraries, and museums.

Emerging research in the philanthropic sector raises concerns that donor empathy as a primary cause of giving may be declining, driven by donor burnout, and overtaken by more narcissistic reasons. Is this an actual trend, manifesting across all donor segments? And if so, what might this mean for the foundations of civil society and philanthropy?  This complimentary SSIR Live! webinar will explore motivations for giving, changes over time in charitable giving, and possible generational differences in approaches to philanthropy. 

Sara Konrath from Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University will be joined by Virginia B Clark, assistant secretary emerita for advancement, Smithsonian Institution and Of Counsel for Marts and Lundy Inc. and they will discuss what this research potentially means for nonprofits, foundations, fundraisers and those committed to social good. To provide greater context before joining the webinar, we encourage you to read a recently published article by authors from the Lilly School in Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Eight Myths of US Philanthropy.”

Program Features

Expert Speakers

Sara Konrath is an associate professor of philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is also the director of the interdisciplinary program on Empathy and Altruism Research (iPEAR). She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan in 2007. Konrath has published dozens of papers in top scientific journals, writes a popular “Psychology Today” blog, and her research has been featured in national and international media.

Virginia B. Clark is the assistant secretary emerita for advancement, Smithsonian Institution and Of Counsel for Marts & Lundy Inc. Virginia joined Marts & Lundy Inc. in 2019 after serving over 35 years in development leadership positions in higher education and cultural organizations. Her commitment to supporting the profession and interest in business and her communities has led her to serve on boards of various organizations including CASE, WXPN, Morris Arboretum, and Haverford Trust. She currently serves on the boards of the Eisenhower Fellowships, Salem University, Wings Neck Trust and on the Leadership Council of the Buzzards Bay Coalition.

Interactive Session

This program will be conducted as a lively, interactive session. You’re encouraged to ask the speakers questions during the webinar to explore the topic further. The speakers will answer some additional questions after the broadcast in the “Comment Box” at the bottom of this page. You are welcome to interact with them.

Real-world Examples

Using compelling scientific research and case studies, panelists will discuss changes in the giving landscape and how organizations can meet changing audiences and motivations in a way that is both persuasive and productive.

Who Should Attend?

This SSIR Live! program is valuable for all nonprofit practitioners and those interested in donor motivations.  A blend of primary research and in-the-field case studies and best practices will be shared.

On-Demand Version

Register and access the recording of the live event on-demand three hours after the webinar ends and anytime over the next 12 months.

Complimentary Registration

Register for FREE for this webinar, sponsored by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Your registration provides you with access to the live interactive webinar, downloadable slides, and unlimited access to the recorded webinar video for 12 months from the date of broadcast.


  • Sara Konrath
    Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University
    Director of the interdisciplinary program on Empathy and Altruism Research (iPEAR)
  • Virginia B. Clark
    Assistant Secretary Emerita for Advancement, Smithsonian Institution
    Of Counsel for Marts and Lundy Inc.
  • Marcie Bianco (moderator)
    Editor, Print, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Webinar

Strengthening New Hampshire: Creating Equitable Opportunities for All Granite Staters

NHFPI Policy Conference

Presented by: NH Fiscal Policy Institute

The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute’s 7th Annual Conference, “Strengthening New Hampshire: Creating Equitable Opportunities for All Granite Staters”, will be held Friday, February 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

Many Granite Staters continue to struggle to make ends meet, and there are large disparities in access to economic security, health care, housing, and education across the state. The conference will discuss ways to measure and understand these disparities at the local and regional levels. Presenters and participants will also address the potential effects on economic and social mobility stemming from inequitable access to opportunities.

Join New Hampshire business, nonprofit, and community leaders, policymakers, and engaged residents for important conversations about how to strengthen New Hampshire and create equitable opportunities for all Granite Staters.

Registration fees are $45 through January 31 and $60 starting February 1. Breakfast will be provided. Pre-registration is required by February 14.

Learn more and register.

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Grappone Conference Center

GoodLife Book Sale

Presented by: GoodLife Programs & Activities

The GoodLife Book Sale is January 13 - January 17.


Hardcovers are $3 unless otherwise marked.

All leftover books will be donated.
Proceeds benefit GoodLife Programs & Activities.

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 8:30am to Friday, January 17, 2020 - 4:00pm
Location: 254 N State St, Unit L

How to Automate IRS Compliant Tax Receipts for Your Charity

Presented by: Keela

Let’s face it - tax receipting is a time-suck. For many nonprofits, this isn’t apparent until it’s too late. You just wrapped up a successful year-end appeal (woot!), and now you're buried in piles and piles of donations to log and receipts to issue out. Time that could be better spent on your mission. Sound familiar?

Peter Craigen, nonprofit expert and Senior Account Executive at Keela, has worked extensively at the intersection of nonprofits and technology. As an expert in the space, he has spoken with hundreds, if not thousands, of development directors and executive directors about the challenges they face regarding tax receipting.

  • What the IRS requires for charitable tax receipting
  • When is the best time to send them
  • How you can "set it and forget it" using Keela's IRS-compliant tax receipts
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Webinar

St. Paddy's Day Rumble: Manchester vs. Nashua Boxing Event

Presented by: Manchester Police Athletic League (MPAL)

Join the Manchester and Nashua Police Athletic Leagues for the 2nd Annual St. Paddy's Day Rumble! This boxing event features Manchester and Nashua Police and Fire going head to head in the boxing ring. Funds from this event support PAL programming in Southern NH. MPAL and Nashua PAL serve 3,000+ youth through sports, after-school programming, and positive interaction with Manchester and Nashua Police Officers.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 6:45pm to 10:00pm
Location: Nashua Community College

Iron Chef - Concord

Presented by: GoodLife Programs & Activities

Join us for a scrumptious night! Attendees will sample creations from three local chefs while sipping on a glass of wine. Then watch the competition heat up as each chef has 25 minutes to cook their version of “Pasta around the World” using three required ingredients. A panel of local judges will have the tough job of selecting the Iron Chef winner. The audience also gets to select the People’s Choice winner!

2020 Chefs:
★ Dan St Jean, Executive Chef at The Common Man
★ John Tuttle, Executive Chef at Havenwood Heritage Heights
★ Alyssa Pepin, Culinary Student at Lakes Region Community College

Joe Kasper, Northeast Delta Dental
Charles Ansell, Community College System


Joe Gerber, Executive Chef at The Birches
Nicole Barreira, Director of Marketing & Menu Development at Great NH Restaurants
Rick Dennison, Owner and Chef of Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Tad's Place at Havenwood Heritage Heights

Taps, Tunes & Trivia @ Henniker Brewery

A fun event with craft beer, trivia & music

Presented by: Five Rivers Conservation Trust

Join Five Rivers  Conservation Trust for Taps, Tunes, and Trivia at Henniker Brewing Company.

Sample Henniker Brewing’s great craft beers, such as Hop Slinger IPA, Working Man’s Porter, Miles & Miles Session Ale, Damn Sure Double IPA, and more.

Play Nature Trivia and enjoy music by the HydroGeoTrio!

If you have friends who would like to join you, please encourage them to register early, as we expect this event to sell out! Proceeds benefit local land conservation efforts.

Ticket prices:

  • $25 ages 18+
  • $10 ages 11-17
  • Free for ages 10 + under

Price includes :

  • ·One drink ticket
  • ·Pizza
  • ·One raffle ticket
  •  and fun

Space is limited!

Get your tickets at by February 7




Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Henniker Brewery

Susan Morse Presents "The Cougar Returns to the East"

A slide show introduction to cougar biology and ecology

Presented by: Moose Mountains Regional Greenways

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) will present renowned wildlife expert and photographer Susan Morse for a 75-minute slide show introduction to cougar biology and ecology that will delight all who are fascinated by North American native wildlife. 

Cougars are unquestionably returning to eastern North America, with cougar dispersals and occupancy now documented in a growing list of eastern states and provinces. Along with her magnificent photographs of cougars in the broad diversity of habitats where she has studied them, Morse will give the lowdown on the latest confirmations of cougars in the east, including the suitability of wild habitats from Maine to Georgia.  Sam Evans-Brown of NHPR's Outside/In will moderate the Q&A discussion that follows.

Morse’s workshops and lecture/slide shows are popular throughout New England. Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team affirmed, “We bring Sue Morse back every year with different programs, but the cougar presentation attracts the most people. And she always adds something new! It’s both entertaining and educational and has her amazing photos of cougars of all ages.”  Winn concluded,” You’re going to love her presentation!”

Tickets are $10 general admission or $5 for youth/students with ID, available at the door or in advance online at



Date: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Kingswood Performing Arts Center Auditorium

Susan Morse Present Wildlife Tracking Workshop

Learn from the expert in a small group setting

Presented by: Moose Mountains Regional Greenways

Wildlife lovers will have a unique opportunity to learn from expert naturalist and wildlife biologist Susan Morse in a field tracking workshop offered by Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) on Saturday, February 22. Morse, founder of the award-winning ‘Keeping Track’ program, will lead small groups on an exploration of our local forests. Participants will gain a more intimate knowledge of our native species while asking questions and learning from Morse’s lifetime of experience.

Morse’s ‘Keeping Track’ program, based in Richmond, Vermont, teaches concerned adults and children to observe, interpret, and record evidence of wildlife in their region. Keeping Track science-based workshops support local conservation projects; wildlife monitoring programs help build community; and educational opportunities inspire and motivate participants to conserve wildlife habitat.

Forester Wendy Scribner is excited about the tracking workshop and has already signed up. She elaborates: “It will be great to get out in the woods with someone so confident at explaining the tracks we see and who can also teach us about animal behavior and habitat. There’s always more to learn!”

The Keeping Track workshop will be offered twice:  9 am – 12 pm and 1 – 4 pm. The cost for either workshop is $35 and advance registration is required by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 18. Online signup is available at Participation is limited to 20 people in each workshop so early registration is encouraged. Workshops will require moderate hiking and other outdoor physical activity in potentially inclement weather. The location within MMRG’s seven town service area will be chosen based on conditions just prior to the event. For more info, call MMRG Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125.

MMRG, a non-profit land trust, works to conserve and connect important water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land and offers regular educational opportunities to inform all ages about the benefits of our region’s natural resources. MMRG would like to thank Meredith Village Savings Bank and Eastern Propane for sponsoring this Sue Morse program of events.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Local forest TBA


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