The Latest from Kismet

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund

We are very excited to announce that the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has awarded Kismet Rock Foundation a grant of $25,000 to cover half of the tuition of 25 students from Coos County.

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation was established in 2006 with a bold vision: “To serve as a catalyst for the region to move toward sustainable community and economic development in Coos County and surrounding communities.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has been improving the quality of life in our communities since 1962. It manages a collection of funds that are created by individuals, families and corporations for charitable purposes. Each year, the foundation awards millions of dollars in grants to nonprofits and scholarship funds to students. The Foundation is non-partisan, frequently playing the role of convener and catalyst on a broad spectrum of issues that affect our state. Based in Concord, the foundation roots itself in communities across the state through its eight regions. For more information, visit www.nhcf.org, or call 603-225-6641.

We are profoundly grateful for the support and honored to have such charitable organizations in our community. Thank you!

Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust

It’s already proving to be a Happy New Year at Kismet!  The Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust has awarded Kismet Rock Foundation with a $5,000 grant to support our general operating expenses.

Jane’s Trust was created through the beneficence of Jane B. Cook, who died in July 2002. Mrs. Cook was known in the communities where she lived as a down-to-earth woman who was generous to the core. The Trust aims to continue the legacy of generosity that she established during her lifetime.

The Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust has been supporting Kismet for several years and we are very grateful.  Thank you for being a part of our community!

Grant Updates

We are happy to announce the following grants awarded to Kismet:

The Ohnell Family Foundation: $25,000.

The Marana Webber Tost Charitable Fund: $2,500.

The Stare Fund: $5,000.

The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation: $8,000.

The Ryan E. Bishop Outdoor Leadership Fund: $6,000.

Randolph and Cynthia Nelson: $15,000.

These generous people and charitable organizations have been donating to the Kismet Rock Foundation for multiple years.  We appreciate their commitment to our mission and the continued support of Kismet and our students.

2015 Kismet Variety Pass

Announcing the 2015 MWV Variety Pass!

2015-Kismet-Variety-Pass

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Donate $100 or more to Kismet from April through August 2015
  2. Kismet will send you or your designated recipient a Village Variety Pass
  3. Use the Village Variety Pass at the participating businesses for free products and discounts

Donate on the Support page.

The Jane B. Cook 1983 Trust

The Jane B. Cook 1983 Trust has awarded $5,000 to Kismet Rock Foundation for a one-year grant for general operating support in 2015.
Jane’s Trust was created through the beneficence of Jane B. Cook, who died in July 2002. Mrs. Cook was known in the communities where she lived as a down-to-earth woman who was generous to the core. The Trust aims to continue the legacy of generosity that she established during her lifetime.
Thank you for your continued support!

The Ryan E. Bishop Outdoor Leadership Fund

Thank you to The Ryan E. Bishop Outdoor Leadership Fund for your continued support of Kismet’s programs!

The Ryan E. Bishop Outdoor Leadership Fund, of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, has awarded Kismet Rock Foundation $4,849.93. The grant is for scholarship funds to be directed to New Hampshire based children.

Chris and Jean Bishop, and their son Christopher, started the Ryan E. Bishop Outdoor Leadership Fund to honor the memory of their son and brother, Ryan E. Bishop. Twenty-one-year-old Ryan died tragically during a canoeing trip southern Utah while saving a friend’s life. During the summer and fall of 2011, his family created two funds to ensure that Ryan’s passion for life and his love of the great outdoors will live on: The Ryan E. Bishop Outdoor Leadership Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Westminster College Scholarship Fund in Salt Lake City. Please visit this link to learn more about The Ryan E. Bishop Outdoor Leadership Fund:
http://exploreforbishop.org

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund

We are thrilled to announce that the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has awarded Kismet a grant of $20,000 to help offset the cost of attendance of 20 students in Coos County in 2015. We are profoundly grateful for this grant, which will be used to support our new and returning students from Berlin and Gorham, NH. The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund was established in 2006 with a bold vision: “To serve as a catalyst for the region to move toward sustainable community and economic development in Coos County and surrounding communities” Thank you!

Grants Update

We are pleased to announce that the following grants have recently been awarded to Kismet:

The Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation has awarded $7000 to Kismet Rock Foundation for General Support. This grant has been issued under the foundation’s special projects category. The mission of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation is to protect and improve the quality of life through support of programs in the environment, human health, education and the arts.

The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation has awarded Kismet Rock Foundation a grant in the amount of $6,000. $2,000 from this grant will go directly towards 2 scholarships for students from the Conway, NH area.

The Doris L. Benz Trust has awarded Kismet Rock Foundation $5,000 through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. These funds will go directly towards five students scholarships in 2014.

Doris Louise Benz was born in 1907, the daughter of a leather tanner who founded the Benz Kid Company. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1931 and shortly after her father’s death in 1932, Benz began serving as a director of Benz Kid Company and stayed on in that capacity until the late 1950s when the business closed.

During her retirement, Benz was an active volunteer and philanthropist in her town of North Sandwich, N.H. A permanent charitable trust known as the Doris L. Benz Trust was established through her will when she passed away in 1984.

Half the income of her trust supports students from Sandwich and Carroll County to further their education, and the other half supports broad charitable purposes, mostly in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

In 1985, another scholarship opportunity was created for Coos and Grafton County students with funding from the Benz Trust. In 2000, additional funding from the Benz Trust doubled the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s capacity to assist northern New Hampshire students.

The Kendal C. and Anna Ham Charitable Foundation has awarded a $2,000 scholarship to one new student from Bartlett, NH to attend Kismet’s 2014 summer program. The mission of The Kendal C. and Anna Ham Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of life for people living in the Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire, Bridgton and Fryeburg, Maine communities. The Ham Foundation has been awarding grants in this region since 1994.

2014 Village Variety Pass

Announcing the 2014 Village Variety Pass!

North Conway village businesses Flatbread, 18 Degrees Celcius, Frontside Grind, and IME are helping Kismet Rock Foundation raise funds through the Village Variety Pass. Donate to Kismet during the promotion to receive free products, discounts, and help a great organization. Here’s how it works:

  • Donate $50 or more to Kismet from April through August 2014
  • Kismet will send you or your designated recipient a Village Variety Pass
  • Use the Village Variety Pass at the businesses listed below for free products and discounts
1 free pizza any size from Flatbread Company  in North Conway

1 free pizza any size from Flatbread Company in North Conway

1 free hot 12oz or iced 16oz coffee drink from Frontside Grind

1 free hot 12oz or iced 16oz coffee drink from Frontside Grind

1 free ice cream from 18 Degrees Celcius  at McKaella's Sweet Shop

1 free ice cream from
18 Degrees Celcius
at McKaella’s Sweet Shop

10% off all full price purchases at International Mountain Equipment

10% off all full price purchases at
International Mountain Equipment

2014 Program Season Interviews

“Please take me. It’s my only way out.”

Each year, Kismet Rock Foundation is faced with the challenge of how many beginner students we can accept into the program due to limited funding. We will interview at least sixty students during the next two weeks for our 2014 program season, almost all of whom desperately need us. We may only have enough funding to take nine.

Kismet serves students each year from Bartlett, Gorham, Berlin and Manchester, New Hampshire; Portland, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; and Waterbury, Vermont.

Please consider supporting Kismet Rock Foundation so we can offer this opportunity to more deserving children. Thank you!

Some of the 2013 Kismet Graduates.

Some of the 2013 Kismet Graduates.