The Randolph Foundation

Foundation News

Please join us for two wonderful Randolph Foundation events in 2018:

The Randolph Story Slam (sponsored jointly by the Randolph Foundation and the Randolph Church) will be held on Saturday, August 4th from 4 to 6 PM at the Randolph Church. View the 2017 Story Slam.

The Randolph Foundation Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, August 17th from 4 to 6 PM at the Town Hall. In collaboration with the Randolph Conservation Commission, the speaker will be wetlands scientist Elise Lawson, who will present a Natural Resources Inventory for Randolph.

It is my great pleasure and honor to take over as President of the Randolph Foundation. I am humbled at the prospect of carrying on the work of so many dedicated and visionary people before me - including immediate past president Barbara Arnold who was a thoughtful and devoted steward of the Foundation.

The Randolph Foundation is led by an active and hard-working board, where each person brings his or her own strengths and passions to advance the mission of the Foundation:

As always, we will devote ourselves to caring for the Ravine House site recreational area, sponsoring community communications, providing educational assistance to residents, and awarding grants to nonprofits that are working on behalf of the broader community. We're also gearing up for Celebration 2024 - the town's bicentennial!

Please be in touch anytime to share thoughts and ideas about the work of the Foundation - your Foundation. The entire board and I thank you for your ongoing generous support.

Sarah Eusden Gallop

The Randolph Foundation was created, and is sustained, by the residents and friends of Randolph, New Hampshire. The Foundation supports the needs of Randolph and its neighboring towns in a variety of areas including conservation, communication, education, recreation, town history, leadership, health and welfare, and other important issues as determined by the Board of Directors and the Randolph community.

History:

In 1960, the Ravine House, a well-known North Country Inn, closed its doors. A group of Randolph citizens formed a community foundation to preserve the Ravine House property from private development by placing it in a trust. The original incorporators were Douglas Horton, Gordon Lowe, Miriam Underhill, James Alexander and Katherine Wood. Hershner Cross was appointed auditor.

In 1966, 51 acres, including the swimming pool, park and Durand Lake were deeded to the town of Randolph. That same year the Randolph Foundation began an educational scholarship program that provided a scholarship to any Randolph resident for post secondary education. The Foundation also pledged to support the maintenance and upkeep of the swimming pool, the Ravine House site, Lake Durand and the tennis court.

In 1987, Hershner Cross, President, along with the other directors of the Randolph Foundation reaffirmed that the priorities of the Foundation should be; educational scholarships, up keep of the Ravine House pool and site, Durand Lake, support for the elderly, support for the town cemetery, and compiling the town's historical records.

In 1989, the Katherine Wood Memorial Program was established providing matching grants to senior citizens for the Lifeline Emergency Response system.

In 1990, Hershner Cross created the Bowers-Cross Memorial Fund of the Randolph Foundation to fund The Mountain View, the Randolph Weekly, and/or successor publications. These publications were to be distributed free of charge to Randolph residents.

The Randolph Foundation has made significant grants over the years to support the bridges, shelters and camps of the Randolph Mountain Club. In 2010, The Foundation worked in partnership with the Mountain Club and the Town of Randolph to purchase the Mt. Crescent Trailhead property. The Foundation has also made gifts to support the purchase of the Randolph Forest and shelving for the new Randolph Library.

The Randolph Foundation Priorities:

Publications

The Foundation funds the quarterly Mountain View which is sent to over 700 homes, The Blizzard, which is sent to 200 local residents in the winter and The Randolph Weekly which is distributed every Friday during the months of July and August. See our publications page....

Scholarships

Since 1966, the Randolph Foundation has awarded scholarships to eligible Randolph residents to pursue their studies at the post-secondary level. See our scholarship page for details.

Grants

The Foundation awards grants for special projects that benefit the Town, its residents and the surrounding communities. View our Grant Guidelines here....

Lifeline

The Foundation supports the Lifeline service which equips the user with a lightweight button for emergency use. This service, which connects to the New England Emergency Response System, provides residents access to help immediately in an emergency. More information about Lifeline here....

Ravine House Site/Durand Lake

The Randolph Foundation oversees and supports the yearly mowing around Durand Lake and the Ravine House site as well as maintenance of the tennis court and the Ravine House pool. Read more about the Recreation area here...

Durand Lake
Lake Durand Photo taken by Mary Gail Scott

The Foundation can be reached by mail at:
Randolph Foundation
PO Box 283
Gorham, NH 03581

Or by email at:
randolphnhfoundation@gmail.com

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