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129% of 500 Donor goal
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Matt Zanderigo photoMatt Zanderigo matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500Just for Class of 2011

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $300,000
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An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor gave $50 because 25 donors gaveJust for 4-H Hillsborough County Fund

Brice Pearce photoBrice Pearce gave $100 because 10 donors gaveJust for Alumni

An Anonymous DonorAnonymous donors, The Danes, and Marge Badois gave $4,000 because 100 donors gaveJust for Master Gardeners

An Anonymous DonorYoung Inventors' Program Advisory Board gave $5,000 because 70 donors gaveJust for Robert H. Rines Young Inventors' Program

An Anonymous DonorBranch Hill Farm & Matthew Witkos '89 gave $20,000 because 500 donors gaveJust for UNH Extension General
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The (603) Challenge 2023
12,605 Donors - $2,952,880 Donated

UNH Outreach & Engagement, including UNH Extension, works to enrich and partner with the Granite State on a variety of topics including education, the environment, youth development, and citizen science. Thanks to our wonderful donors, we reached our goal of 500 donors, which unlocked $20,000 from our generous underwriters, Branch Hill Farm and Matthew Witkos '89. If you haven't supported your favorite UNH Extension or Outreach & Engagement progrem yet, there's still time: check out the section below to learn more about the great programs and initiatives you can support during this year's (603) Challenge before it expires!

Programs to Support

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) aims "to be a premier source of lifelong learning and collegial activity for adults over the age of 50 in New Hampshire," and they achieve this by providing enriching courses in topics of interest to NH residents, all offered in safe, relaxing environments, with no pre-requisites, tests, or grades. Give to OLLI here 

Civic & Community Engagement

UNH Civic & Community Engagement helps students to get out into their communities to meet local needs, actively engage in a diverse democracy, and make positive changes in the world around them. Give to Civic & Community Engagement here.

Coastal Research Volunteers

The Coastal Research Volunteer (CRV) program engages volunteers in meaningful citizen science and stewardship to enhance local coastal research. They provide important information to evaluate climate change and water quality health in the area. They’re on the front lines of pressing environmental issues important to the state—monitoring the phenology of rockweed and green crabs, collecting blue mussels, analyzing pollution and gathering beach erosion data. Give to CRV here.

Community and Economic Development

The Community and Economic Development team trains volunteers and leaders in New Hampshire communities to strengthen main streets, keep and grow businesses, expand local tourism and strengthen the connection between downtowns and natural assets like parks, trails and rivers. Their work with local residents, community leaders and business owners enriches the high quality of life in New Hampshire, which is essential to the economy and civic pride. Give to Community and Economic Development here.

Lakes Lay Monitoring

Through the Lakes Lay Monitoring Program, UNH scientists, students and over 250 seasonal and year-round volunteers participate in collecting water quality measurements in over 40 lakes all across New Hampshire. This data helps inform the decision-making of towns and lake associations to mitigate problems, improve water quality and protect residents and visitors. Volunteers inform their neighbors and local public officials on their lake’s conditions and best stewardship practices, leading to improvements like a reduction in stormwater runoff and fertilizer applications. Give to the Lakes Lay Monitoring Program here.

UNH Marine Docent Program

The UNH Marine Docent Program mission is to "provide a lens through which the marine and associated environments can be viewed, understood and appreciated by people of all ages." Docents present a variety of educational programs that provide a link between the University's research community and the public. Docents teach marine science to students in schools, on boats and at camps, adults in community groups and organizations, and at public events. Marine docent boat builders help families build small sailboats over a three-day weekend. Docents also lead public tours on the UNH Research Vessel Gulf Challenger, into Great Bay and out to Appledore Island. Give to the Marine Docent Program here.

Natural Resources Stewards & NH Big Trees

Natural Resource Stewards are people of all ages and walks of life who love New Hampshire’s outdoors. They volunteer to help our trees and parks, forests and fields, plants and pollinators.  In 1950, the NH Big Tree Program began in an effort to find, record and recognize magnificent individual trees. Volunteers search the state for the largest examples of tree species; the list of recorded trees now includes over a thousand county, state and national champions. Give to Natural Resource Stewards & NH Big Trees here.

Nature Groupie

Nature Groupie makes it easy for more people to volunteer for nature. We all love getting outside, hiking on trails and enjoying outdoor places, but those places need our help too; trees need to be planted, wildlife needs to be monitored and trash needs to be cleared. Nature Groupie connects volunteers to these projects, and since 2013 more than 7,000 people have helped restore salt marshes, counted amphibians, pulled invasive plants, built trails and much more. Give to Nature Groupie here.

NH Coverts Project

The NH Coverts Project trains volunteers from a broad array of backgrounds and professions who are passionate about wildlife conservation and forest stewardship. After the training, volunteers return to their communities as stewards of NH’s wildlife and forest resources where they take on projects that fit their skills and interests such as leading field walks, coordinating volunteer workdays, serving on town boards or managing their own property for wildlife habitat. Give to the Coverts Project here.

NH Master Gardeners

The NH Master Gardeners Program is part of a national effort to train people who are passionate about gardening so they can become volunteers who share science-based horticultural knowledge with the public. UNH Master Gardeners can apply for Special Projects Grants to fund gardens that make a difference in their communities. A few recent examples include food pantry gardens, school gardens and pollinator gardens. Gifts will help Master Gardeners further enhance their skillsets on topics of interest by attaining further training, enabling them to become even stronger supporters of healthy gardens and happy gardeners. Give to NH Master Gardeners here.

Nutrition Connections

Nutrition Connections is a nutrition education program that provides low-income families the knowledge and skills they need for better health, at no cost to them. With the support of generous donors, Nutrition Connections can offer healthy meals to program participants and provide ingredients for them to replicate recipes at home. Nutrition Connections classes have engaged 4,232 youth and 698 adults; their food assistance project at food pantries has reached 2,215 people; and 13,808  kids and parents were reached through a school community project. Give to Nutrition Connections here.

Robert H. Rines Young Inventors' Program

The Robert H. Rines Young Inventors' Program "inspires the next generation of STEM leaders by fueling excitement for innovation." The program " ignites students’ curiosity by applying knowledge to solve real-world problems. Through inventing, they tap their talents for learning and experimenting leading to aspirations for a future in science and technology." You can support this next generation of STEM leaders yourself during (603). Give to YIP here.

Speaking for Wildlife

Speaking for Wildlife trains volunteers in delivering presentations and leading field walks focused on wildlife and natural resources. Once trained, volunteers educate community groups across the state about New Hampshire's diverse wildlife species and habitats. Since the development of the program in 2010, Speaking for Wildlife volunteers have delivered over 350 presentations and 150 field walks, reaching over 9,000 people throughout the state. Give to Speaking for Wildlife here.

STEM Docents

The STEM Docents training program was created in August 2016 to engage and inspire youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Focusing on underserved populations in Manchester and Nashua, the program trains and coordinates teams of volunteers—known as STEM Docents—and provides direct education for K-12 educators. STEM Docents teach hands-on, practice-based curricula that align with national recommendations to actively engage young learners. Donations will help provide scholarships to cover program fees. Give to STEM Docents here.

New Hampshire 4-H

4‑H is America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. The NH 4-H program helps youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. Youth are encouraged to take on leadership roles in supportive environments with guidance from adult mentors in the areas of STEM, healthy living, agriculture and citizenship. Professional 4-H youth development educators are located in each of New Hampshire’s 10 counties. Give to NH 4-H here.

500+ donors and $20,000 unlocked later ... THANK YOU!

A sincere thank you to all of our donors who stepped up and made this the most successful (603) Challenge yet for UNH Extension and Outreach & Engagement. We couldn't have done it without you! 

413 days ago by Cailand Lainey
The Grand Finale!

DYK: Anyone who makes their first gift of this year's (603) Challenge gets an equal portion of $90,000 added to their donation! This is the largest it's ever been, and a great opportunity to mazimize support. You can spread the word and give people this link!


413 days ago by Marisa Rafal
Two More Full Days Left!

There are just 2 more full days (Wednesday & Thursday) to support your favorite Extension programs in this year's (603) Challenge! If you have friends, family members, or Extension fans in your network please feel free to give them this link

Thank you for all your support!

415 days ago by Marisa Rafal
Leaderboard Bonuses Available

You can help us trek to the top of the leaderboard with a gift of any amount! The program that gets first place receives a $1,500 bonus and every gift counts. Give here to help us work to maintain our current lead all the way through 11:59pm ET on 4/6.

416 days ago by Marisa Rafal
Follow along with UNH Extension's (603) Challenge social media!

418 days ago by Cailand Lainey
Area Challenge for the Robert H. Rines Young Inventors' Program

Members of the Robert H. Rines Young Inventors' Program (YIP) Board have generously offered a $5,000 gift which can be unlocked once 70 donors support the program. Help them achieve this with a contribution of any size here this (603) Challenge!

420 days ago by Marisa Rafal
Master Gardeners Area Challenge

Thanks to a generous group of underwriters, the Master Gardeners can unlock an additional $4,000 for their work if they get to 100 donors or more here. Every gift counts no matter the size!

421 days ago by Marisa Rafal
Match Opportunity for OLLI

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Leadership Council is committed to offering a $1326.60 match for the first 22 gifts of $60.30 made to OLLI. Take advantage of this great opportunity to maximize your impact!

421 days ago by Cailand Lainey
Thank you to our underwriters!

A HUGE thank you to this year's underwriters: Branch Hill Farm and Matthew Witkos '89. Their combined support of $20,000 will be unlocked if UNH Extension reaches 500 online donors. 

437 days ago by Cailand Lainey

Extension Program LeaderboardCheck out how your favorite UNH Extension programs are doing in this year's (603) Challenge here.
ProgramDonorsRaised ($)
Community and Economic Development2$30
Plant Diagnostic Lab0$0
4-H Foundation of New Hampshire126$19,955
UNH Extension Health and Wellbeing1$25
Food Safety Program3$125
Leitzel Center for Math, Science & Engineering (Endowment)0$0
UNH Extension54$23,132
STEM Docents/Youth and Family Development2$16
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute103$8,974
NH Coverts/Speaking for Wildlife19$2,524
Lakes Lay Monitoring31$4,289
4-H Counties69$2,221
Food and Agriculture5$430
Coastal Research Volunteers15$582
Robert H. Rines Young Inventors' Program84$10,585
Master Gardeners118$11,780
John E. Pike UNH Cooperative Extension Volunteer Leadership Fund (Endowment)3$900
Nature Groupie11$712
Natural Resource Stewards/NH Big Trees25$1,462
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Suitcase icon17%Faculty/Staff
Gradhat icon15%Alumni
Book icon6%Students
Parent icon5%Parents
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Heart icon matched a total of $300,000
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Paul College Dean's Advisory Board and Friends
Gave $120,000 during a Challenge!
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COLA alumni and friends
Gave $110,000 during a Challenge!
Sustainability Advisory Board, Stephen Weisbuch '79G, Ali McPherson '96, Timberland Company, Kennebunk Savings Bank photo
Sustainability Advisory Board, Stephen Weisbuch '79G, Ali McPherson '96, Timberland Company, Kennebunk Savings Bank
Gave $80,000 during a Challenge!
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A generous group of donors
Gave $57,000 during a Challenge!
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COLSA Development Board and Friends
Gave $55,000 during a Challenge!
Matt Witkos '89, Jack Sebastian '88 and Bob Phillips '76 photo
Matt Witkos '89, Jack Sebastian '88 and Bob Phillips '76
Gave $55,000 during a Challenge!
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Sustainability Advisory Board
Gave $48,000 during a Challenge!
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A group of generous CEPS supporters
Gave $47,500 during a Challenge!
Frederick & Adele Pulitzer, Elizabeth & Kevin McGann, Angela & David Hiley, Todd & Julie Black, John Morrison '76 and Susan '85 & Michael Labrie photo
Frederick & Adele Pulitzer, Elizabeth & Kevin McGann, Angela & David Hiley, Todd & Julie Black, John Morrison '76 and Susan '85 & Michael Labrie
Gave $39,000 during a Challenge!