History of the Formation of the Kendal C. and Anna Ham Charitable Foundation
Kendall and Anna Ham had long decided that their estates should support their charitable intentions. Kendall had previously taken care of his family through other estate planning means, and as the Hams had no children together, they focused their philanthropic goals on choosing which charities they would support. They planned on leaving their estates to several of the large, national charities focusing on human services.
After Kendal’s death in 1988 and through the efforts of her legal counsel, Anna began to refocus the couple’s philanthropic goals. She came to understand that rather than supporting the large, national charities and hoping they would be able to respond to local needs, her wealth would enable supporting local needs by creating a community based charitable organization. Anna began to re-evaluate what she and her late husband held most dear. They had lived for many years in Conway, New Hampshire and had a lakeside summer cottage on Moose Pond in Bridgton, Maine. These communities were welcoming and important places to the Hams, and Anna decided that they should be the primary focus of their philanthropic efforts.
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Dorthea Seybold, Executive Director
P.O. Box 2853
North Conway, NH 03860