McIninch Foundation grant doubles your
Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the McIninch Foundation, your gift to
the NH Humanities Council
go twice as far if you
make a first-time online gift.
The McIninch Foundation
has awarded a $25,000
to the Humanities
Council to support the
development work. Through
this grant, the McIninch Foundation will match new
on-line gifts up to a total of $10,000. Please help us
make the most of this unique opportunity and make a
secure on-line gift today!
Jere Daniell, Humanities
Go presenter, Professor
Emeritus at Dartmouth
College, and Humanities
The humanities and the
power to transform lives
Emily and Herb Archer
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Your gift to the NH Humanities Council will:
- Bring the wonder of books to more than 450 adult literacy students;
- Connect more than 20,000 residents with our state's history and culture, and that of the world;
- Energize the coming year of community conversations examining our Nation's founding document through Constitutionally Speaking;
- Offer an opportunity to make a gift in honor of that special person who "needs nothing;"
- Earn you a charitable gift deduction on your federal income taxes.
In a world saturated by mass and social media, could there be a more meaningful gift than helping to bring people
together for face-to-face conversations to examine the complex questions of our day?
Help spread the marvel of discovery by making your gift securely on-line today.
The NH Humanities Council has been connecting Granite Staters with ideas, and more importantly each other,
for nearly 40 years. Whether as a donor, audience member, or partner, we thank you for being part of our story!
Our community of contributors, scholars, and volunteers is truly a partnership in “connecting people with ideas.”While the Humanities Council’s mission is specific to New Hampshire, we are not part of the state government. We rely on contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and civic organizations in order to offer free public programming that fosters lifelong learning, reflection, and respectful conversation.
For most organizations, particularly those in rural areas, the Humanities Council is the only source of affordable educational and cultural programming. Gifts made to the Annual Fund are unrestricted and have an immediate impact enabling libraries, historical societies and many other organizations to have access to high quality and innovative humanities programs.
Innovation, thoughtful conversation, and inspired civil debate are the hallmarks of an engaged citizenship. As we look to the past to live for today, the invested funds of the New Hampshire Humanities Council garner strength to ensure discussions in the future. There are several easy, convenient ways to make planned or deferred gifts such as bequests, gift annuities, or charitable remainder trusts or established an endowment fund. Each represents an important source of funding for our future plans and programs, and may also provide you with considerable taxsavings and other benefits in your estate.
The New Hampshire Humanities Council thanks you in advance for considering a gift.
The majority of gifts made to the Humanities Council come in the form of cash. A gift of cash entitles a donor to the most
generous federal income tax deduction available for charitable contributions.
If you have investments that have grown in value since you first acquired them, then you may be able to take advantage of the income tax charitable deduction. You will be entitled to a tax deduction for the full market value of your gift (Fair Market Value), as long as you have owned your investment for more than one year. Your gift of securities is valued on the date it reaches our stock account if transferred electronically by your broker or, if mailed, on the date the envelope is postmarked.
Why we give - New Hampshire Humanities Council supporters Emily and Herb Archer
Because the Humanities Council never forgets the human
at the core of humanities. Whether they’re serving a fifth-
generation New Hampshire native or a newly arrived Bhutanese, this organization actively listens for the pulse of its constituents, and responds with integrity, imagination, and New England practicality.
In a society where the “human” seems increasingly shaped by perishable commodities, superficial social relations, and polarizing language, the Humanities Council not only values but invests in imperishables: through programs that nurture civil conversations, respect for difference, and affirmation of democracy; that sparkle with intellectual curiosity and bring history, art, music, and ideas to life.
In these extraordinary times, where else can we ordinary folk go to engage enduring questions, reaffirm human values, and hear new ideas? Thanks to the Humanities Council, not far away, but where we live. Not distant or abstract, but embodied in the here and now.
So why would we not want to invest in the voices of energized people at a table with an evocative reading, enjoying a meal and celebration of culture together, or with people swapping old New Hampshire tales or telling stories of their homeland around a stitching project? Where else can you meet familiar neighbors in the presence of a new idea, or new neighbors around an enduring one; explore a thought out-loud, and be heard with civility and interest?
The Humanities Council is a steward of these vessels. Every time we attend a new Humanities to Go presentation, a civic reflection series, or merely read about the fascinating offerings throughout the state, we are reinvigorated in our commitment to giving what we can to keep the Humanities Council thriving. As the Humanities Council thrives, so does New Hampshire and its people.
We changed our donation plan for two reasons: one, it’s practical--our dollar goes farther for the Humanities Council when we sustain monthly, and we want every penny to count;
and two, our “sustaining” contribution simply mirrors what the NHHC itself is all about: sustaining our communities with invaluable programs, conversations, cultural and intellectual enrichment.
Our investing in the Humanities Council is simply a joyful exchange of gifts. I would feel remiss, as though I had not written an essential thank-you note, upheld my side of the equation, or fully participated in some natural balance of human ecology, if we didn’t invest in an organization that itself gives so much to the state and local communities. The better question is, do I provide a return on the Humanities Council’s investment in my quality of life? That’s why we give what we can.
Emily and Herb Archer, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire
Jane Yen's incandescent smile belies the painful and dangerous road she has travelled, from fear and loss in war-torn
South Sudan to her life today as a college freshman in Concord.
Jane's infectious and inspiring positive energy come from friends and relatives who believe in her and from her joy in
all the opportunities she has found in America. In addition to opportunity, Jane has experienced racism in her new
home, but she is determined not to let anyone define her or control her destiny other than herself.
Jane got the opportunity to share her story in Who am I Going to Be?, a documentary produced by Lynn Clowes
and funded by a major grant from the Humanities Council. Jane found the experience liberating and empowering,
an opportunity to explore complex and difficult themes through film — just one of the ways the humanities,
and the Humanities Council, help connect people with vitally important ideas.
Jane (right) in a scene from the film
Jane, who plans to be a cardiovascular surgeon, says: "My hope is that it will change others' view of new Americans and that it will help grow our love for one another. My hope for the world is to change the world through the documentary...to bring hope and a different point of view."
Since the age of five years old, I always wanted to be a doctor because of the conflict that I saw going on in my hometown in South Sudan. Many people were dying and I just remember having to wait in line – a long line – waiting for a doctor. So seeing people suffer every day made me feel really bad. And I felt like I had a purpose to do something in life where I can give back what God has given me – the opportunity to be here. I'm so thankful.
The film, completed by Clowes and a dedicated team over the course of several years and in spite of numerous obstacles, explores the constellation of new realities that Jane and other African youth face as they rebuild their lives in New Hampshire. Teens, teachers, and community leaders talk about the complicated path to becoming American, particularly for young immigrants and refugees of color. Encountering racist attitudes while learning a new language and recovering from deadly conflict and trauma often require a determination and strength of character beyond their years. The film explores these challenges, honestly confronting both communal and individual successes and failures. It asks how we as a society either contribute to or interfere with newcomers' sense of belonging. The film leaves viewers with a profound message to ponder: what, if any, are our moral obligations to one another? Jane says:
There are stories out there that people have to know about… such as the diversity that we have around, such as the conflict that goes on in our community. If we know about these, we can help build a better world, a better people, a better individual — we can become leaders.
The film has been screened in Concord and Manchester at Humanities Council-funded events that included post-film community discussions. Jane and other students featured in the film have attended screenings and answered questions from the audience as part of these lively and far-ranging discussions. Clowes said she is gratified by the response so far.
"In Manchester, an African young woman stood up and said to me and Jane, 'This is basically my story,'" Clowes shared. "She said, 'Thank you for having the courage to tell it. I don't feel so alone now and others now know what I've been through.'"
"Most of us don't ever even witness a racist act, much less be the victim of racism," said Clowes. "The film gives audiences a chance to meet those who are experiencing racism today, in New Hampshire, and to hear their stories. There's no more powerful form of teaching than that."
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