Previous Grant Awards

Bob Magg

White Mountain Aquatic & Fitness Foundation (WMAFF) board member, coach and swimming enthusiast, Bob, has generously donated money for Learn to Swim Programs. As his children grew ,they became interested in swimming and joined teams in the neighborhood. Swimming can be a parent intensive sport involving timing, judging, scoring, and just plain getting the kids to the blocks. Through the years Bob has been club president, meet director, team manager, USA Official, an ASCA certified coach and head coach for a number of swim teams. He also has been involved with the planning of new pools, conducted stroke clinics for swimmers and their parents and has introduced several swimming innovations to the sport.

He believes that involvement with aquatics teaches lifelong disciplines, improves the safety of the community and is a great family activity. Having a pool in our community will provide many healthful benefits to all age groups and further enhance the Valley experience.

NHEC Foundation

The NHEC Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 foundation that provides grants to charitable organizations, community programs and projects and economic development projects. The Foundation was founded in 2005 by New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and is funded primarily through the voluntary contributions of NHEC members whose monthly bills are rounded up to the next dollar. At the end of 2012 the NHEC Foundation had awarded more than $1.8 million to worthy causes in the New Hampshire communities it serves.

The purpose of the NHEC Foundation is to improve the quality of life for members and communities served by New Hampshire Electric Cooperative. The Foundation also funds Project Care, a program that provides support to members in financial need, and the NHEC Chapter of Dollars for Scholars.

Kiwanis Club of Mount Washington Valley

The Kiwanis Club of Mount Washington Valley began in 1975 when 20 valley residents decided there was a need for another service club in the region. Today we are over 65 members and still growing. Three of our founding members remain active. Our local club mission statement reads:

The mission of the Kiwanis Club of Mount Washington Valley is to make our community a better place in which to live by engaging adult and youth volunteers to support community service projects with an emphasis on the needs of our children.

Rotary Club of North Conway

Service is our main objective in the community, workplace and throughout the world. We develop and execute projects that address today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, literacy and violence. Our motto is: Service Above Self.

We encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

-The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

-High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each     Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

-The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life;

-The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship united in the ideal of service.

Our club was formed in October of 1927 and is as vital today as it was at its inception. We are committed to make the Mount Washington Valley a great place to live. Through our two major fundraisers, the Ravenous Raffle and the Radio Auction, we donate, annually, over $40,000 to various local groups and activities.

RENEWS-Roy Estes Network on Education on Water Safety

RENEWS, an organization founded in memory of Memorial Hospital employee Roy Estey, who died tragically in a boating accident in 2010, is accepting applications for financial assistance to pay for water safety education and resources for area residents.

This fund was established by Memorial Hospital employees who wanted to honor Roy’s memory and ensure that local children and adults who wish to safely engage in the Mt. Washington Valley’s many recreational pursuits will have ready and affordable access to swimming lessons, life jackets, and water safety education.

It is the mission of RENEWS to promote water safety education and provide resources for personal flotation devices (PFD’s) regarding swimming and small boat activity.

In accomplishing our mission, we are guided by the following principles and beliefs:

-RENEWS recognizes that any individual should have an opportunity to learn to swim and or have available
 a PDF. RENEWS seeks to achieve this by providing scholarship and PDF's to individuals.

-RENEWS is committed to raising funds and resources, and disbursing funds to be used specifically for water safety education, swimming 

 lessons, and PFDs.

-RENEWS strives to promote and foster partnerships by working with other community organizations to achieve this common goal. RENEWS 
 is an active participant in community events and promotions in order to build awareness of its purpose and mission.

-RENEWS focuses on strategic planning and innovative management in order to maintain and increase its position in the community.

-RENEWS is operated entirely by volunteers. We are a nonprofit organization within the State of NH. All donations to RENEWS are tax


The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation

The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation has been funded by Robert and Dorothy Goldberg and first became operational in mid 1999. The foundation provides grants to organizations who reflect the interests of the Goldberg's during their lifetime including the welfare of local children.

The Pequawket Foundation

The Pequawket Foundation was founded on December 31, 1958, by a group of Valley business leaders, initially for the purpose of preserving rail service to the region. Later, the Foundation was funded by the proceeds of the sale of the Gibson Block on Main Street in North Conway. This was a gift of Mrs. Helen Gibson, a generous community leader whose mark, along with that of her husband, Harvey Dow Gibson, can be found on myriad community resources around the valley.

Over the years many additional gifts have been received by the Foundation from various donors. These gifts have been carefully invested, and are managed by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation as a donor advised fund, to enable the Foundation to share its resources most generously within the community. The Pequawket Foundation assets total over $450,000, and grants made to community organizations have exceeded $426,000 since 1992.

In keeping with Mrs. Gibson's desire to forever maintain the striking beauty and sense of community connectedness of her adopted home, the Foundation seeks to fund local organizations whose work enhances the quality of life in the valley.

The Foundation Fund is advised by a volunteer Board of Trustees, assisted by Members selected from the communities we serve. Trustees and Members are community leaders with broad local experience.


Gibson-Woodbury Charitable Foundation

The Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation was established in the fall of 2010 as a vehicle to promote the ideals of its founders, Harvey Dow Gibson, Helen Whitney Gibson, Wendell DeWitt Woodbury and Evelyn Smith Woodbury. The purpose of the foundation is to enhance the vitality and wellness of all Mount Washington Valley residents and its environs through charitable giving to established 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations.

As a private, community foundation based in North Conway , New Hampshire , we do not limit our grant funding to any particular field of interest or organization. Instead, we seek to focus on the core ideals of our mission statement, with equal access and diversity to all who apply for funds. To conserve limited resources, we cannot consider more then one proposal from the same organization within a 12 month period.

The Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation welcomes grant funding requests from non-profit organizations serving the Mount Washington Valley in Carroll County, New Hampshire, as well as non-profit organizations serving the town of Chatham, New Hampshire and the Fryeburg, Maine area, including the towns of Lovell, Denmark, Sweden and Brownfield.

Each year the foundation receives many more worthy requests then we can fund, however, the board of directors will consider all requests for funding from any organization that meets the Internal Revenue Code as a Tax-Exempt Section 501(c) (3) identification status that is based within the geographical areas outlined above.


Kendal and Anna Ham Foundation

Kendal and Anna Ham had long decided that their estates should support their charitable intentions. Kendal had previously taken care of his family through other estate planning means, and as the Hams had no children together, they focused their philanthropic goals on choosing which charities they would support. They planned on leaving their estates to several of the large, national charities focusing on human services.

After Kendal’s death in 1988 and through the efforts of her legal counsel, Anna began to refocus the couple’s philanthropic goals. She came to understand that rather than supporting the large, national charities and hoping they would be able to respond to local needs, her wealth would enable supporting local needs by creating a community based charitable organization. Anna began to re-evaluate what she and her late husband held most dear. They had lived for many years in Conway, New Hampshire and had a lakeside summer cottage on Moose Pond in Bridgton, Maine. These communities were welcoming and important places to the Hams, and Anna decided that they should be the primary focus of their philanthropic efforts.

The Kendal C. and Anna Ham Foundation was established in January, 1994, as a community foundation. The Foundation’s mission reflects the Hams’ desire to improve community life in both the Conway and Bridgton areas. Further, it was Anna’s desire that decisions on making grants throughout the community would be based on the ways in which a recipient program involved the community in its planning and implementation, and on the program’s potential and actual impact to the community, rather than be limited to a particular field or area of interest. This stems from her belief that the vitality of these communities depends on the ability of people to be responsible for themselves and concerned for one another.

Anna Ham served as Incorporator and Director from January, 1994, until her death in 1996. The Kendal C. and Anna Ham Foundation was initially funded with $1,000,000 by Anna Ham. She was instrumental in the design of the Advisory Boards for each of the two communities, selecting the people who served with her on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Boards and evaluating the grant proposals. After her death, the balance of her wealth was distributed to the Foundation.