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After the Learn team narrows the focus of the current topic, the Give team continues with the next step of our yearly cycle. The goal of the Give process is to determine the organizations and programs that best address the current topic, while remaining true to the Giving Circle’s mission and priorities.  In order to do this, the Give team analyzes grant applications, and presents findings to the board membership.  Board members vote to select the gift recipients.

Giving Circle priorities include:

  • Improving quality of life of the Seacoast

  • Serving the socio-economically underprivileged

  • Fostering independence and self-reliance

  • Addressing emerging needs and issues

  • Providing long-term solutions

  • Investing in the expansion of existing organizations rather than the creation of new ones



Giving Cycle 2023-2024

Cross Roads House

The mission of Cross Roads House is to offer shelter, respect and collaborative solutions to unhoused individuals and families who aspire to return to permanent housing and thrive in their community. Since 1982, Cross Roads House has met the immediate needs of homeless individuals and families in the Seacoast area and created pathways to affordable housing. The grant will support Cross Roads House as they continue to provide emergency and transitional shelter, housing-focused case management, and wrap-around services at their location in Portsmouth.


Fair Tide

Fair Tide works to eliminate homelessness by providing safe, stable, and affordable housing and supportive services to individuals and families in the Seacoast, and through local and state-level advocacy. They own and operate a 5-unit house and are collaborating with the town of Kittery to build two new affordable units, with a third in the pipeline. They also match clients with landlords and property managers through their Landlord Engagement Initiative, and have created a social services collective, Mainspring, to provide coordinated care and resources for individuals and families navigating the social services system.


NH Campaign for Legal Services

NH Campaign for Legal Services (NHCLS) provides high quality legal aid for people with low income, regardless of their ability to pay. NHCLS handles issues that impact their clients' most basic needs, primarily in the areas of housing, domestic violence and family law, and public benefits.The grant will help NHCLS support clients living with low incomes and facing civil legal challenges such as eviction, foreclosure or the wrongful denial of income benefits, with the goal of keeping people in their homes.

Seacoast Family Promise

Seacoast Family Promise (SFP) aims to empower families with children experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence by providing safe family shelter on a transitional basis with the goal of stabilization. Families with children are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population and to address the long-term effect of homelessness on children, SFP also provides intensive trauma- informed case support and life skills training to each family they serve. This grant will help Seacoast Family Promise continue to invest in families' needs as they transition out of homelessness and on to fulfilling, healthy lives.

NH Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast

The mission of the NH Workforce Housing Coalition is to advance diverse housing options available to the workforce through education, community engagement, and technical assistance. They have been tirelessly working on this goal for over two decades. The Workforce Housing Coalition envisions an ample supply of affordable, desirable housing throughout the seacoast region, providing opportunities for members of the workforce, including our teachers, firefighters, police officers, small business owners, artists, chefs, caregivers, bankers, and all families and individuals, to put down roots and create a more diverse and equitable community that benefits us all.

Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth

The mission of Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth is to provide short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in need when all other community resources have been exhausted. They improve quality of life on the seacoast by working to insure that community members' basic human needs are met. Housing insecurity is a central challenge for most of Womenaid's constituents. This grant will support requests for direct housing-related expenses from individuals and families who are often one bill away from facing homelessness.

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