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Community Conversations: Do We Need a Monadnock Nonprofit Network?

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The nonprofit sector is the third largest economic driver in our state, yet each nonprofit often operates in a vacuum, struggling to raise funds, manage boards, oversee programs and staff. What if our local nonprofit community came together as an industry sector? What are the possibilities to leverage talents, resources and creativity? Could nonprofits save money, raise more money by collaborating on like-minded projects? Would they be better able to avoid competing and find common ground? This conversation will challenge us to think creatively about how we could create a local nonprofit network, a collaborative, a workspace that supports the important work of nonprofits and provides them opportunities to be better together without having to give up their identity and unique supporters.

Our Conversation starters for Do We Need a Monadnock Nonprofit Network are:

Richard Ober, President and CEO, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Dick has 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and civic affairs. He has held senior staff positions at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Monadnock Conservancy and served on numerous nonprofit boards and public commissions, including several Gubernatorial appointments. Dick currently serves as a trustee of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and Board Chair of the Community Foundations Leading Change (CF Leads) organization. He is also the founder of the Community Foundation Opportunity Network.


Kathleen Reardon, CEO, NH Center for Nonprofits

Kathleen is familiar to many in the nonprofit sector through her work at Citizens Bank, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Giving. In addition, she has served on the boards of the NH Center for Nonprofits, the Capitol Center for the Arts, the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, and the Women’s Business Center. She was appointed by Governor Lynch as a member of the NH Economic Development Advisory Council in 2008 and reappointed by Governor Hassan in 2014.


Karen Hatcher, Executive Director, The Cornucopia Project

When it comes to her work, Karen Hatcher has two passions: empowering youth and building community. She recently “put down roots” as Executive Director with the Cornucopia Project after several years on the road as National Director of Students In Action, a youth leadership training program for middle and high school students. Karen previously led Celebrate NJ, an educational nonprofit, where as Executive Director she developed a number of programs reaching more than 100,000 students during her tenure. In addition to her work with The Cornucopia Project, she currently volunteers with the Fresh Air Fund, the 100+ Women Who Care, The Monadnock Center, and the Peterborough Welcome Team.


Joseph Ierna, Board Member and former Development Director

Joe Ierna is a probono consultant to the Peterborough Economic Development committee, a board member of the Petit Family Foundation, and a former Development Director for the Alzheimer’s Association. He was a Senior Vice President for the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce and an executive director for the West Haven Redevelopment Agency.


Our moderator for the evening is Michelle Stahl, Executive Director for the Monadnock Center for History and Culture.


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 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 begin at 7 p.m. with short presentations by our panel. Then the floor is opened to conversation, comments, and questions. These programs are held in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., in Peterborough. Community Conversations are free and everyone is welcome.

Community Conversations are proudly sponsored by:



March 13
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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