About High Hopes

Organization Overview

The High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire, Inc. is a volunteer-based, non-profit, 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, the foundation gets its energy from a 9-member Board of Directors, an ever-growing team of members, and its volunteers. Everyone is dedicated to making the dreams of New Hampshire’s seriously or chronically ill children become a reality.

The High Hopes Foundation creates mutually beneficial relationships with our donors, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and wish families. We strive to create a new approach to charitable giving, allowing you to give back to a worthy cause and help special needs children in New Hampshire while receiving advertising opportunities, creating referral partnerships, and receiving discounts to the best services and products New Hampshire businesses offer.

The High Hopes Foundation endeavors to:

  • Meet the needs of qualifying NH wish children
  • Strive for sustainable and quality growth
  • Establish enduring business-to-business relationships
  • Become a model of non-profit excellence

Our Story

Jacqueline and Allison

Jacqueline and Allison

Imagine the delight in granting a life-changing-Experience to a child who lives with serious health problems. This is the mission of High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire, Inc. For over 30 years, High Hopes Foundation has brought hope, joy, and light to hundreds of New Hampshire children with serious illnesses by providing them life-enriching Experiences.

The High Hopes mission started in 1983. Two neighbors, Jacqueline Yinger and Dawn Cavanaugh, were inspired by the unselfish support and generosity of their community. Thanks to so many who cared, Jacque and Dawn took Jacque’s daughter Allison, a cancer patient, to Disney World to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Alison got to have fun like any other child. From that Experience, these moms concluded that other children’s lives could be similarly enriched by the generosity of others. No other New Hampshire organizations were granting wishes like this at that time, and so from then on, Jacqueline and Dawn dedicated their lives to this calling.

Since its inception, High Hopes Foundation has granted over 550 Experiences. These life-changing-Experiences are as unique as the children who receive them. High Hopes Foundation sponsors numerous community-based fundraising activities throughout the year, and benefits from the generosity of local businesses and individuals. Fundraising events involve bowling, classic cars, family fairs, golfing, and more. High Hopes Foundation draws its energy from volunteers from all walks of life who love children and want to contribute time and talent to a worthy cause. You do not need to possess special talents, just a desire to help. High Hopes Foundation of NH invites everyone to be the difference in a child’s life.

The Experience granting process begins with a referral from someone other than the prospective High Hopes family. See Experience Process for details or contact the High Hopes Foundation to learn more about the Experience granting process.

Our Vision

Mission Statement

High Hopes Foundation provides life-enhancing Experiences to New Hampshire’s chronically ill children. Our guiding principle is to make hope happen.