Sponsorship, Membership, and Community Engagement Policy and Guidelines

As New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, we are dedicated to supporting the communities we serve. We support local, nonprofit community organizations by providing financial contributions and/or offering Dartmouth Health employee non-profit engagement.

In keeping with our corporate mission, we aim to advance health through research, education, clinical practice, and community partnerships. Our Charitable Giving and Sponsorship policy ensures that all Dartmouth Health donations, sponsorships, board involvement, and engagement opportunities are coordinated and aligned with our organizational goals and giving strategy.

Dartmouth Health community contributions will maximize the opportunity for organizational visibility and will foster long-term community relationships within our budget and resource limitations.

  • All requests for charitable contributions/sponsorships, company volunteer/board engagement support, or business courtesies will be coordinated and administered by External Affairs.
  • Only New Hampshire- or Vermont-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations, and 501(c)(6) business leagues will be considered for charitable contributions, sponsorships, or employee engagement opportunities.

Charitable sponsorship, membership, and community engagement guidelines

We will use the following guidelines when reviewing requests for charitable contributions, sponsorships, and organization engagement initiatives:

  • The major focus of our support will be on health-related causes and on community, civic, educational, diversity, and economic endeavors if these support our institutional priorities and meet contribution guidelines. Contributions will be aligned with engagement opportunities or as part of a long-term community partnership, when possible.
  • All requests must be entered into the Dartmouth Health charitable contributions application portal by the requesting organization via the appropriate link at the bottom of this page. There is a formal review process, after which, a staff member from our External Affairs team will respond to the applicant within three weeks of the request.
  • All requests must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the event or start of the initiative that dollars are being requested for.


The following exclusions apply:

  • We will not support organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability with respect to employment, volunteer participation, or providing services.
  • Contributions will be made only to qualified nonprofit organizations. Contributions will not be made to organizations conducting fundraising (third-party giving) on behalf of nonprofit agencies.
  • Requests from religious organizations may be considered if the request is in support of a community program sponsored by a religious organization, such as a food pantry.
  • Requests from local, regional, and/or school-based sports teams will not be considered.
  • Requests from individual New Hampshire elementary or secondary schools (public or private) will not be considered, unless the request is in support of a new and/or innovative program specifically designed to address health and wellness.
  • Requests for financial support for individuals, political candidates, political campaigns, or entities that do not meet the criteria as a qualified nonprofit organization will not be considered.
  • Financial requests for capital campaigns will not be considered unless the request is specifically aligned with our organizational priorities.

Application process

If you feel your request fits within the guidelines above, please fill out the appropriate online application. When you are finished, click Review & Submit, and then click Submit again.