The Latest from Kismet

End of year giving and community support.

It is that time of year again: snow-filled mountains, iced over lakes, warm slippers, hot coco, and end-of-year giving!  We have sent out our annual appeal letters, to provide the opportunity to support our program, to hundreds of households throughout New England.  Our program is provided to students with absolutely no charges or fees.  We are able to do this because of the generous support of our donor community.  If you have interest in supporting Kismet, send us an e-mail at or visit to learn ways to help.

The donations keep rolling in and we are excited to announce two more grant awards to support us in the 2017 Program Season:

Samuel P. Hunt Foundation

The Samuel P. Hunt Foundation has provided Kismet Rock Foundation with a grant award of $5,000 to help cover scholarships of five students from Manchester, NH.  The Samuel P. Hunt Foundation is based out of Manchester and it is always heart-warming to see local organizations and foundations support the local youth.  Thank you!

New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities

The NH Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities has returned to support Kismet by providing a grant award of $3,000 for the general operating expenses of our summer programming.  This will greatly offset the costs associated with housing and feeding all of our students.  Speedway began their charitable work in 1982 “to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives.”  Learn more here:

Thank you for your support!

2017 Funding Updates

As our 2016 program season has wrapped up, we immediately transitioned into preparing for 2017!  We are excited to announce some recent donations and grants that have provided us with a strong start to our fundraising season:

Ohnell Family Foundation: $25,000

The Ohnell Family Foundation has been supporting Kismet for several years.  Our relationship began when Mr. Ohnell attended a presentation and was able to meet some alumni and hear their story.  When you hear about what Kismet can do directly from the students, it creates a very special and powerful moment.

Stare Fund: $5,000

The Stare Fund has provided this gift in honor of Janet Wilkinson.  Janet and the Stare Fund have been long-time supporters of Kismet.  During our early stages as an organization, Janet helped the program grow into who we are today.  Thank you for everything you have done!

Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation: $20,000

Our work with the North Country of New Hampshire continues! The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has provided funds to cover half of the tuition costs of 20 students from Coos County.  We are honored and grateful to be working with the Tillotson Fund and the young people of Coos County.

Getz Charitable Trust, Citizens Bank, N.A. Trustee: $1,000

This grant was awarded in support of the Kismet Community Leadership Project.  It is very important funding that will allow us to get this new project off the ground and running! Be on the look out for more information soon.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Kismet through donations or service.  We couldn’t do it without you!  If you want to learn more information on how to help, send us as message at:

Happy November!



The Kendal C. and Anna Ham Charitable Foundation

We are happy to announce that we have received a $4,000.00 grant award from The Kendal C. and Anna Ham Charitable Foundation. These funds will cover the cost of scholarship for one student from Bartlett and one from Conway.

About the Foundation:

“The Kendal C. and Anna Ham Foundation was established in January, 1994, as a community foundation. The Foundation’s mission reflects the Hams’ desire to improve community life in both the Conway and Bridgton areas. Further, it was Anna’s desire that decisions on making grants throughout the community would be based on the ways in which a recipient program involved the community in its planning and implementation, and on the program’s potential and actual impact to the community, rather than be limited to a particular field or area of interest. This stems from her belief that the vitality of these communities depends on the ability of people to be responsible for themselves and concerned for one another (website).”

It is an honor to be supported by a Charitable Foundation with such a long history of serving communities in the Mount Washington Valley.  We thank you for your continued support!

Mount Washington Valley Variety Pass 2016

That’s right!  The Kismet Rock Foundation MWV Variety Pass is back!  The Variety Pass is a collection of offers presented by local businesses in the Mount Washington Valley.  The businesses are providing these discounted items/services at no extra cost to Kismet.  That way, all of the proceeds from the Variety Pass go directly to our program.  To purchase, choose the amount of passes you wish to purchase and click ‘Buy Now’ below.

Mount Washington Valley Variety Pass

The offers include:

1 free flatbread pizza from Flatbread Company in North Conway, NH

1 free hot or cold coffee drink of any size from Frontside Grind

10% off a full priced purchase at International Mountain Equipment (IME)

1 free single scoop of ice cream from #piewholestuffer

Buy one get one free breakfast entree when dining-in at the J-Town Deli in Jackson, NH


We would like to thank all of the businesses that have been so generous with their donations to Kismet and the MWV Variety Pass.  It means a lot to know that we have the support of the local business community!

NH Electric Co-op Foundation and a Community Fundraiser

Kismet Rock Foundation recently received a grant award of $3,500.00 from the New Hampshire Electric Co-op Foundation.  These funds will help cover the tuition costs for two students from Bartlett, NH to attend Kismet for the 2016 summer program season.  We are very grateful for this award and excited about the level of support we receive from the community.

This grant is made possible by NH Electric Co-op members who participate in the Round-up program and have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the nearest dollar.  The average annual donation is approximately six dollars a year.  It’s amazing what six dollars can do!  If you would like to learn more, follow this link to the NHEC Round-up program.

Kismet’s Spring Community Fundraiser

Two members of the Kismet Family recently hosted a fundraiser to upgrade our climbing harnesses and shoes.  They raised enough money to purchase 15 pairs of climbing shoes from Evolv Sports, and 15 climbing harnesses from Petzl with the help of IME-International Mountain Equipment in North Conway, NH.  Check out the gear:



Curious about how you can help?

If you haven’t had a chance, check out our Spring Community Fundraiser.  The Community Fundraiser is an opportunity for people who are passionate about our program to sponsor a scholarship for one of our Kismet Students by crowdsourcing within their network.  It’s an easy way to provide tremendous support for our students and does not take a lot of work.  If you are interested in sponsoring and crowdsourcing a scholarship contact us at:


Thank you all!


Happy spring!

The Pequawket Foundation

We are proud to announce that we have received a grant award of $500 from the Pequawket Foundation Advised Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.  This support will help Kismet offset the cost of food for our local students.

The mission of the Pequawket Foundation is to provide grant funding to local organizations who enhance the quality of life, and preserve the beauty, culture, environment, and heritage of the Mount Washington Valley region.  To learn more, visit the Pequawket Foundation website.

Thank you for all of your support!

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, 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!



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.