The Roger R. and Theresa S. Thompson Endowment Fund announces the awarding of $112,000 in grants to six non-profit organizations in New Hampshire and Maine.
Among the beneficiaries, the Trustees of the Trust, Charles Doleac, Kenneth Barrett and Holly Ayes Malloy have approved a grant to the Pine Tree Society of Scarborough ME to help launch a pilot program designed to support the employment of individuals who are Deaf.
The Thompson Fund has awarded grants to the Pine Tree Society since 2000, to support the creation and sustainability of such initiatives as the Pine Tree Camp accessible playground, mental health care capabilities and an autism transition program.
Pine Tree Society President and CEO Noel Sullivan commented, “Pine Tree Society is extremely grateful to the Thompson Fund for generously supporting our goal to help individuals who are Deaf secure meaningful employment. The ongoing support of the Thompson Fund results in lasting impact in the lives of the people we serve, their families and the community as a whole, and we thank them for that.”
In making the announcement, Managing Trustee Charles Doleac commented, “The Roger R. and Theresa S. Thompson Endowment Fund trustees are pleased to recognize the work of the six beneficiaries with this year’s grants. Theresa Thompson, who set up the fund to honor her husband Roger, believed that the best way to build a legacy was not to endow the six local charities she identified but to create an endowment managed by local trustees who could determine each year how best to allocate the fund’s resources to the six and their initiatives that most benefit the community. The trustees of the Fund are directed to help the beneficiaries build on their strengths and to foster collaborative synergies so the six further their own legacies as well as the Thompsons’. The Thompson Endowment Fund is a great model for people who might be thinking about setting up their own charitable entities as it reflects a direct personal connection between the founders and the local, forward-looking projects planned by the organizations whose missions they supported.”
The distributions are not guaranteed and the non-profits named in the Trust must apply each year to be considered for the beneficiary awards that are paid from the income of the Roger R. and Theresa S. Thompson estate trust fund. To learn more about Thompson Fund beneficiaries and prior grant-funded initiatives, please visit ThompsonFund.org and follow the Thompson Fund on Facebook.