In May, Chase Home for Children in Portsmouth was honored as recipient of an at least $15,000 award from the Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle (SWGC) as part of its 2016 grant cycle. The award, which will be distributed in its entirety by July, will support a year-long capacity-building project that will include strategy and vision development, technology upgrades and leadership, governance and board development.
Referring to the capacity-building grant award as “monumental” to the nonprofit agency, Executive Director Meme Wheeler said outcomes from the grant would have far-reaching implications.
“The grant will enhance the effectiveness of our leadership and governance as well as improve our ability to raise revenue to support day-to-day operations,” she said. “What impresses me about this grant award is that it funds the kinds of activities and tools that most other funders simply do not. I cannot applaud the Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle enough for their vision in developing this year’s funding priority.”
In addition to ongoing board training and development for one year, the grant will provide funds for the purchase of additional laptops for community-based staff. Other aspects of the project include systems and database enhancements that will allow staff to better track kids in the program, their treatment plans and outcomes.
Chase Home Board Member Rob Levey, who helped develop the winning proposal with Wheeler, said the Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle continues to play a major role in the greater Seacoast region.
“They thoroughly study community needs and assessments as well as the agencies that apply for funding,” he said. “This award is a serious validation of our work and where we are headed. As an agency, we are well-positioned to meet emerging needs—and this grant plays a major role in quickly expanding our organizational capacity.”
Serving 36% of youth requiring intermediate placement, Chase Home is one of five intermediate level group homes in New Hampshire. The youth Chase Home serves across the state have all been involved with the abuse/neglect system and require significant interventions.
To learn more about Chase Home, visit www.chasehome.org.