About Endowment for Health

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The Endowment for Health is a statewide, private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving the health of New Hampshire's people, especially those who are vulnerable and underserved. We envision a culture that supports the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of all people -- through every stage of life.

Since 2001, the Endowment has awarded more than 1400 grants, totaling $55 million to support a wide range of health-related programs and projects in New Hampshire.

The Endowment also uses its voice and influence to lead others toward health-related policy change. We often act as a catalyst and convener to help move important issues forward - especially when others are unable to speak out.

The Endowment for Health is unbiased and nonpartisan. We connect organizations and communities while supporting strong advocacy. We work to ensure that the needs of communities and vulnerable populations are represented when health policies are shaped in New Hampshire. In partnership with others, we work to increase access to quality care and services.

The Endowment for Health continues to shine the light on problems, bringing people together to plan and supporting their collective action to solve those problems. We are part of a community of organizations and individuals working together towards common goals, and using a set of common approaches to achieve those goals.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

To improve the health and reduce the burden of illness for the people of New Hampshire – especially the vulnerable and underserved.

Our Vision: Good Health and Realized Potential for All

New Hampshire's prosperity depends on healthy people, strong families and vibrant communities. We envision a culture that supports the physical, mental and social well-being of all people -- through every stage of life.

We define health broadly: "Health is the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being – not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." (World Health Organization)

What do we mean when we speak of New Hampshire's people? As a foundation, we address the needs of specific populations and communities rather than the needs of individuals. We have both a local and a state-wide focus as we work to improve health care systems that will benefit vulnerable and underserved residents in our state.

Our Values

Sound values and careful stewardship inform good decisions. They are the compass for the decisions and behaviors of our staff, Board, Advisory Council and Investment Committee.

  • Equity: The Endowment for Health will promote equity and fairness in all of its actions and decisions.
  • Courage: The Endowment for Health will have the courage to live up to its mission.
  • Partnership: The Endowment for Health will work in partnership with the people of New Hampshire.
  • Compassion: The Endowment for Health will approach its work with compassion and understanding for all of the people in the larger community of our state.
  • Integrity: The Endowment for Health will conduct itself with integrity in all of its actions and relationships.
  • Respect: The Endowment for Health will treat everyone with respect.

Strategic Plan 2019-2023

In June of 2017, the Endowment for Health Board of Directors launched a year-long strategic planning process which began with in-depth conversations about our Mission, Vision and Core Values, the principles that form the foundation for everything we do. We also held interviews with our community partners about the Endowment's future focus. The result is a plan to continues to focus on large-scale system change while remaining nimble to respond to emerging issues.

Review the Plan Document