The Thompsons established the endowment fund to benefit specific local charitable organizations in order to perpetuate the memories of Roger R. and Theresa S. Thompson who deemed these organizations’ work to be “in the best interest of the local community.”
Theresa Thompson set up the fund before she died because she and her husband believed strongly in the principle of giving back to the community from which they had received so much. They felt their best legacy, as individuals and together, was to direct the independent Trustees of the fund to distribute grants for specific projects undertaken by organizations whose work they admired and that fit their definition of what was good for the community in any given year.
In the Press
The Roger R. and Theresa S. Thompson Endowment Fund announces the awarding of $117,384 in grants to six organizations benefiting the local Seacoast community in New Hampshire and Maine. In the midst of a pandemic that has deeply impacted the operations of non-profits across the nation, the Thompson Endowment Fund trustees are pleased to recognize the work of these organizations who have responded to the challenges of COVID-19 protocols with new models, new technologies and new partnerships."
Charles B. Doleac, Trustee
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will be receiving a $24,000 grant from the Roger R. and Theresa S. Thompson Endowment Fund to help provide educational materials for kids on the Seacoast.
“This is their largest gift to us, so we are incredibly thankful to have that during this difficult time,” museum president Jane Bard said.
The grant funds will have a large impact on [Seacoast seniors'] health and well- being, allowing them to continue to live in their own homes and remain vital members of their communities. We are very appreciative of the confidence of the trustees that we will be good stewards of these funds provided to us."
Jane Bard, CMONH President, interviewed by the Union Leader.
Michael Redmond, Senior Advisor, Crotched Mountain Foundation
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Strawbery Banke Memorial Day Weekend
The outdoor Play Patio provides a space for messy creative fun. It represents the Museum's largest expansion since opening in Dover in 2008. The Play Patio offers opportunities for children to engage with materials that are challenging to offer inside the Museum, such as water, sand, paint, and clay.