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Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation 2022 Update

The Bean Foundation Trustees are responsible for funding those requests which they consider to be the best investments, with the greatest long-term impact on the communities of Amherst and Manchester and their residents. As we all know, the incredibly invasive reach of the Covid-19 epidemic has impacted almost every aspect of community and that certainly includes our funding priorities.

In 2022 Trustees funded requests in five of the Foundation's six grant-making categories. They were health, human services, arts & culture, education, and public benefit. Human services and education received the most grants, followed by public benefit and health, largely because those were the categories in which the most requests were submitted, but also based on need and the qualities of the requests submitted. Over the course of the year, Bean Trustees awarded grants totaling $611,693 to 30 different nonprofits.

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, we were so happy to be back in person to host our Annual Meeting as we celebrated the 55-year milestone of the Foundation's support of organizations that make a real difference in Manchester and Amherst. As of this year, the Foundation has provided over $20 million in funding to local organizations.

— Kris McCracken, Chair

Bean Foundation Contributes $275,000 Over Four Years To Manchester's Youth Enrichment Partnership

Youth Enrichment Partnership Logo Youth Enrichment Partnership Logo

The Youth Enrichment Partnership brings together funders, schools, and community organizations to address the complex needs of Manchester's youth. The Bean Foundation was the first foundation to become an active, collaborative partner with the Granite United Way to launch this unique city-wide program. The goal is to support low-income middle school youth and their families with year-round and city-wide opportunities that promote long-term success.

The Youth Enrichment Partnership (YEP) provides mental health services, academic supports, and enrichment opportunities — free-of-charge — to the places where youth feel safe and connected, like schools, after-school centers, and summer programs. This unique collaboration of funders, schools, and 14 different community organizations has revolutionized the youth-serving field and eased the transition during this critical stage of development. Over the past few years, the YEP has served over 800 students annually.

In addition, training and professional development of youth-serving staff and educators has been a crucial part of the Youth Enrichment Partnership's model. Training is a key component of keeping staff up to date on issues in the community as well as provides resources to help staff fill their toolboxes. Training topics have covered areas such as suicide prevention, working with marginalized populations, adverse childhood experiences. Over the past three years of the program, Granite United Way staff, YEP partners, and experts throughout the country have facilitated nearly 4,000 hours of training and professional development.

Leslee Stewart Joins Bean Foundation As Director

Leslee Stewart

Leslee Stewart, a former Bean trustee and long-time Manchester resident has joined the Bean Foundation in December 2021, as its new Foundation Director. A graduate of Bates College, Leslee received her M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.

Leslee previously served as Vice President of First NH Banks, Vice President of External Affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Vice President of Development at the Granite YMCA.

Bean Foundation celebrates 50th anniversary

The Norwin E. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation trustees celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Foundation at its annual meeting on November 14, 2017, at the Palace Theatre. They were joined by grant recipients, area non-profit leaders, area funders, community leaders, and past and present trustees to hear Mr. Bean, portrayed by Al Heidenreich, tell how the couple decided to leave their estate in a trust to benefit the residents of Amherst and Manchester, New Hampshire. Mrs. Bean was portrayed by Barbara Heidenreich. Senior Trustee Tom Donovan explained how the trust was set up and how the board of trustees was formed. As examples of the grants that have been awarded by the Foundation, former trustee Paul Spiess spoke about the Clock Tower Renovation Project in Amherst, CASA Founder Marty Sink introduced CASA volunteer Garrie Stoutimore to tell about her experience representing a CASA child, and President and CEO Peter Ramsey of the Palace Theatre told about the Bean Foundation support that made it possible to renovate and reopen the Palace Theatre in 1974. In closing, representatives of dozens of nonprofits that have been funded by the Bean Foundation over its history stepped to the stage and announced the names of their organizations, creating a picture of the diverse age groups, skills, ethnic groups, interests, and subject areas which have been impacted by the generous gift of Norwin and Elizabeth Bean since 1967.













A Stark Donation

NeighborWorks Greater Manchester

By David Lane/Union Leader
Photo credit: David Lane

6/28/12 — Selma Naccach-Hoff, chair of the Bean Foundation, left, presented a $10,000 donation to former Gov. Steve Merrill, co-chair of the Gen. John Stark Gravesite Restoration Project, and Pat Howard, president of the Friends of Stark Park, in front of the Stark family gravesite in Manchester on Thursday.

Crisis Response

NeighborWorks Greater Manchester

In response to community concerns about a crisis in affordable housing in Manchester, Trustees of the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation have targeted grant money each year since 2002 toward four key housing-related organizations, one of which is NeighborWorks Greater Manchester.

"Quiet" capital campaign for teen center and transitional living home

Child and Family Services would like to thank the following donors who have contributed over $357,000 toward the renovation of our 99 Hanover Street Teen Resource Center and the new transitional living apartment house on Union Street, Manchester.

Teen Resource Center: The Gibney Family Foundation, St. Mary's Bank, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, Goldie Halpin Foundation, Madalaine von Weber Trust, C.A. Hoitt Furniture, Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation, Citizens Bank Foundation and Susan Moran.

Transitional Living Program: TD Banknorth, Greater Manchester Charitable Trust, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, Robert L. Chiesa Homeless Youth Challenge Grant from the Agnes Lindsay Trust, Cobb Hill Construction, C.A. Hoitt Furniture, Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation, Wadleigh, Starr Law Firm and partners, Samuel P. Hunt Foundation.

To date we have raised nearly 65% of the goal for these two projects. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help Child and Family Services serve the needs of homeless, at-risk youth in Manchester area by contributing toward these new facilities, please contact Ruth Zax, drector of development,

Award Winning Support

Tom Donovan accepts an award on behalf of the Bean Foundation

Tom Donovan receives a plaque from the President/CEO of Child and Family Services, Michael Ostrowski, thanking the Bean Foundation for its support.

New Program Helps Immigrant Girls Gain Confidence

By Kathy Remillard/Union Leader Correspondent
Photo credit: Kathy Remillard

Union Leader Article of Elmwood Gardens

6/9/12 — UpReach Riding Center: Girl Power through Horse Power focuses on working together, respect, responsibility and choices.

GOFFSTOWN — While many are familiar with UpReach Theraputic Riding Center's use of horses to assist those with developmental delays, they may be surprised to know that the center is now helping to bridge cultural gaps as well. The Girl Power through Horse Power program is a new collaboration with the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Office of Youth Services, said Kristin McGraw, program coordinator for the center. Funded by a grant from the Bean Foundation, 14 immigrant girls from Manchester's Elmwood Gardens are nearing the end of a 12-week program that has taught them about relationship building, working as a team, respect, responsibility and choices. As other programs run by the center, horses play a large role in reinforcing the concepts the girls learn in small groups. Girls brush the horses and perform other tasks as teams, to encourage group cohesiveness.

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Nehemiah Bean and the Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine

By Aurore Eaton/Union Leader

5/8/12, 5/15/12, 5/22/12 — Looking Back: The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company's Machine Shop in Manchester, New Hampshire rolled out its first steam locomotive engine on March 1, 1849, and after a successful run in this business ceased locomotive production in February 1858. In July Ezekiel Straw was put in charge of the operations. This made him the top administrator for the entire company, as he was already managing the real estate, the water power system, and textile manufacturing. Straw, a civil engineer, was always looking for innovative ways to increase the company's reach and profitability, especially if it involved technological innovation. Under his leadership, the Machine Shop would next take on the exciting challenge of manufacturing steam fire engines.

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