Who we are is never more apparent than during times of crisis.
In New Hampshire in 2020, we saw people run toward the public health emergency, putting themselves at risk to care for their neighbors. And we saw people angrily protest the public health measures proven to slow the spread of disease.
We saw a new mobilization against and growing awareness of the systemic racism that has thrown up barriers in front of Black and brown people since before this republic was one. And we saw an ugly backlash — including threats of violence and a move to censor teaching about our shared history.
Despite a global pandemic, we saw more people vote in a presidential election than had since 1964 — and we have become less likely to trust our neighbors.
We saw promising new models of nonprofit news spring up to keep our communities informed — and we saw online echo chambers mutate with dangerous conspiracy fantasies.
We saw people in the nonprofit sector roll up their sleeves and keep delivering on their missions during a time of sweeping illness and fear and uncertainty. We saw generous people come forward with resources when they were most desperately needed. We saw innovation, ingenuity and breathtaking courage and compassion. We saw heartbreak. And perseverance. And grace.
Our communities face significant challenges ahead.
Included in our 2020 annual report are 10 stories from a time of shared crisis that give us enduring hope.