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Sep 18, 2016 1:00 PM

Fund that's given $34M in grants celebrating 10th year

The Associated Press

WHITEFIELD - A fund that has awarded $34 million in grants in northern New Hampshire, Vermont and southern Quebec for community and economic development is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Throughout October, the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund will sponsor events ranging from free pancake breakfasts to concerts.

Neil Tillotson built numerous companies that employed thousands of people in the region and beyond. When he died in 2001, he left the bulk of his assets for charitable purposes. In 2006, Louise Tillotson created the fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, one of the largest permanent rural philanthropies in the country.

Examples include a $6.3 million investment in early child education initiatives in Coos County, $5 million in business development, and leadership development programs.

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