The Latest from Kismet

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.

Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust Awards Grant to Kismet

North Conway, NH – February 2014

The Jane B. Cook 1983 Trust has awarded $6,000 to Kismet Rock Foundation for a one-year grant for general operating support in 2014.

Kismet Rock Foundation is a non-profit that serves economically underprivileged students who might otherwise ‘fall through the cracks’ of their highly stressed public school systems. By developing their potential, Kismet prepares students to contribute to their communities and their culture throughout their lives.

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.

Jane’s Trust is administered at Hemenway & Barnes LLP, 60 State Street, Suite 800, Boston, Massachusetts.

For more information about Kismet, to make a donation, or to volunteer please visit www.kismetrockfoundation.org.

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Kismet Rock Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible.

Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to Kismet Rock Foundation

North Conway, NH – January 2014

The Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to Kismet Rock Foundation.

Kismet Rock Foundation enhances the physical, intellectual and emotional development of children with limited material and social capital, children with great potential that deserve extraordinary support by providing a comprehensive education in technical rock climbing within the context of a stable and loving family-like atmosphere.

The Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation’s generosity will offset the cost of one student from Bartlett, NH in 2014.The foundation receives a large number of grant applications from non-profit organizations from Carroll County, New Hampshire and Western Maine. They are faced with the difficult task of determining where their assets are allocated. We are delighted that The Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation has once again chosen to make Kismet Rock Foundation a philanthropic priority, and we extend our warmest thanks for helping Kismet to enrich the lives of children.

Kismet’s 2014-summer season will begin in July. To learn more about Kismet, please visit www.kismetrockfoundation.org and Like us on Facebook. To learn more about The Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation, please visit www.gibsonwoodburyfoundation.org.

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Ryan E. Bishop Outdoor Leadership Fund Continues Support of Kismet Rock Foundation

Bishop-2013-award

The Ryan E. Bishop Outdoor Leadership Fund, through the NH Charitable Foundation, has awarded Kismet Rock Foundation $3,976.11. Kismet Rock Foundation has been chosen to receive this award in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Jean Bishop, the mother of Ryan E. Bishop, wrote: “What Kismet is accomplishing aligns exactly with our mission to help enrich the lives of children though outdoor experiences.”

Kismet
Kismet Rock Foundation enhances the physical, intellectual, and emotional development of economically and socially disadvantaged children by providing access to the immense value of a multi-dimensional education in technical climbing and community living.

Ryan E. Bishop Outdoor Leadership Fund (website/Facebook)
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.

Kismet receives grant from the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities

Kismet Rock Foundation received a $1000 grant from the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. The ceremony was held on Thursday December 12th, 2013 in Manchester at The Palace Theatre.

The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives.

SCC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing.

SCC-Kismet-2013-ceremony

Thanks to the NH Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities for your continued support of Kismet.