The Power of Generosity

On Tuesday, December 1, the Monadnock Center for History and Culture will hold a Community Conversation entitled “The Power of Generosity.”


New Hampshire is one of the richest states, in terms of per capita and median household income. Yet the state ranks dead last in per capita philanthropic giving. Part of this Community Conversation will look at this lack of financial support for those in need. But we’ll also take a deeper look at what it means to give, as volunteers and mentors in our community.


After hearing from three presenters with different backgrounds and involvement in philanthropy and volunteerism, the floor will be open to all attendees to share their thoughts about how we can enrich our society by exploring new ways to embrace a spirit of giving.


The presenters are Lewis Feldstein, Roy Schlieben, and Joyce Carroll.


Lew Feldstein served for 24 years as the CEO and president of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the state’s largest foundation. During his tenure the Foundation’s assets grew from $25 million to almost $500 million becoming one of the largest community foundations in the nation. Feldstein has been selected several times as one of the ten most influential people in the state.


Roy Schlieben is currently the president of the Peterborough Rotary Club, executive director of the Monadnock Art X Tech Makerspace, and an advocate for the continued vibrancy of his hometown.


Joyce Carroll is community programs coordinator for the Cornucopia Project. She joined the Cornucopia team in 2012.  Joyce led more than 100 volunteers in the construction of the Cornucopia Community Garden over the last several years, and appreciates the remarkable gift volunteers are to their local communities.


This program is being held on Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to our communities.


Community Conversations is a series that explores many of the issues impacting our communities. A partnership between the Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, each Conversation features local experts talking about challenges faced by our communities. Some issues are global in nature, but each conversation is designed to examine the topic from a local perspective. The program provides residents with the opportunity to learn more about key issues impacting their communities, to engage in a civil dialog with speakers and with each other, and to come away with a sense that there are things that individuals and communities can do to foster change and improvement.


Community Conversations are held in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., in Peterborough.  The program starts at 7:00 p.m. and  is free and open to all.


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