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Letter

Nonprofits are our strength

To the editor:

Thank you for the sensitive editorial in your Aug. 14 edition entitled “The powerful play goes on.” I learned about Robin William’s death the just before going to bed the day it happened. A certain sadness kept calling me to stay awake. I have spent several decades working in and for not-for-profit organizations. I fully believe that one of the things that makes our country strong is our nonprofit sector. You may already know that the approximately 8,000 nonprofits in New Hampshire employ one in seven workers and generate over 15 percent of the state’s GDP.

The N.H. Center for Nonprofits’ mission is to provide the sector with practical tools and state of the art approaches that will help build the capacity of each organization to continue its work. One aspect of a strong nonprofit is an educated board of directors. Being a nonprofit board member is not an easy or casual job and the NHCN offers workshops all over the state on topics that are of significant importance to board members and staff of nonprofits of all sizes.

Their most recent and most comprehensive program is being offered in the Monadnock region this fall. The goal of the Hoffman Haas Fellowship Program is “to populate New Hampshire nonprofit boards with inspired, prepared and ready-to-serve leaders who can bring a solid grounding in board essentials and serve as an infusion of energy and inspiration.” This is a five-month program and three of the five meetings are evening education sessions with nationally known and respected experts. Each fellow will be paired with a mentor who has considerable board experience with whom they can meet and converse on questions and issues of concern. Those interested in being a fellow or a mentor can learn all about the program at www.nhnonprofits.org/page/hoffman-haas-fellowship.

Lee Bruder

Hancock

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