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 $115,000 in grants to six organizations benefiting the local Seacoast community in New Hampshire and Maine. Theresa Thompson chose the specific framework of the Fund because she believed it was critical to have local Trustees, who not only retained oversight of a fund benefitting local organizations but could foster an environment that trained future trustees for the fund, the beneficiaries and the community.
Charles B. Doleac, Trustee
NHPR story on Future In Sight at Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke: new technology enhances experience.
"We are thrilled that Strawbery Banke has moved so quickly and imaginatively to provide a variety of experiences that are appropriate and fitting for the group, understanding that those with vision loss may have unique questions and requests during their time."
Stephanie Hurd, Future In Sight (formerly NH Association for the Blind)
It's a place, a way for members and recent immigrants to become friends.
CMNH Gallery Curator Tess Feltes commenting on We All Belong: Art and Friendship Go Hand-in-Hand
"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."
Michael Redmond, Senior Advisor, Crotched Mountain Foundation
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Children's Museum of NH offers series for Junior Science and Homeschool Science: Ecology & Life Science
The museum offers a series of Junior Science Art classes on Mondays thru Oct 28 or Thursdays thru Oct 24 AND Homeschool Science thru Oct 22.