10th Anniversary of Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund to be Celebrated With Free Events
Neil and Louise Tillotson made the North Country their home. And their legacy is helping make it a better home for others. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, which has awarded $34 million in grants in Northern New Hampshire, Vermont and Southern Québec for community and economic development efforts aimed at helping to revitalize the region.
Throughout October, the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund will sponsor free community events across the North Country and in Vermont and Québec - from pancake breakfasts to concerts - to celebrate the Tillotsons’ legacy of generosity and the good work it makes possible.
Neil Tillotson built numerous companies that employed thousands of people in the region and far beyond. When he died in 2001, he left the bulk of his assets for charitable purposes. In 2006, Louise Tillotson created the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The fund is one of the largest permanent rural philanthropies in the country, and is positioned to support the region in perpetuity.
In 10 years, the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund has made hundreds of grants — and the Tillotsons’ legacy is apparent: small businesses are getting support and creating new jobs, access to health care is secured and improved, young children are getting high-quality early childhood education and a new system is in place coordinating comprehensive services for those children and their families, leadership development programs for adults and kids are strengthening communities, arts venues are refurbished and thriving, natural resources are protected — and so much more.
“These investments represent the promise that Neil and Louise Tillotson made to their beloved North Country,” said Richard Ober, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. “A promise of stronger communities and a thriving economy so every resident has the opportunity to succeed. We are honored to steward the vision of Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson.”
All are invited to a series of free community events celebrating Neil and Louise Tillotson’s legacy of generosity. All events are presented in partnership with businesses and organizations that have benefited from Tillotson Fund support. Please reserve tickets in advance where applicable. Thursday, October 6, 7-9 pm Free entry to Foresta Lumina, Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, Québec, Foresta Lumina is a night-illuminated, multimedia trail that wanders through the Parc de la Gorge. Free entry for residents of the M.R.C of Coaticook, Québec; Coös County, NH; and Essex County, VT. Please bring your ID. Learn more at forestalumina.com Saturday, October 8, 1-10 pm Free entry to Les Amis du patrimoine St-Venant-de-Paquette, Québec Bring the family and enjoy a full day of activities including a poetry walking tour and concert at this culture and heritage center. Learn more at amisdupatrimoine.qc.ca