Nonprofit Impact Night Celebrates Partnerships and Quality of Life in NH
More than 250 people from the nonprofit and business community gathered on May 22nd—a day proclaimed by Governor Hassan as the state's "Nonprofit Day"—at Nonprofit Impact Night to celebrate the nonprofit sector. The Governor in the proclamation urged all citizens to “recognize the essential role the sector plays in sustaining the well-being of NH residents and our vibrant economy.”
The proclamation underscores the capacity of the nonprofit sector to mobilize resources, volunteer power, and leadership to create solutions that address critical needs and issues facing communities and New Hampshire residents.
“We are thrilled with this declaration, as often the breadth and depth of the sector's impact is not grasped by the general public. Whether you enjoy the local community theater, subscribe to NHPR, rescue an animal from the SPCA, enroll your children in an after-school program or look forward to the forecast from the Mt. Washington Observatory—everyone's quality of life in NH is influenced by the nonprofit sector,” remarked Mary Ellen Jackson, Executive Director of the NH Center for Nonprofits.
Nonprofit Impact Night featured keynote speaker Billy Shore, Founder & CEO of Share Our Strength and nationally recognized leader of a movement to bring scale to nonprofit efforts. As a part of the evening, the Nonprofit Impact Awards were presented to one organization, the Penacook Community Center, and two individuals, John Tobin and Kirk Leoni. All were nominated because they have made outstanding contributions to their communities.