Norwich Partners LLC Hotel Development & Investment

Philanthropy

Norwich Partners and its principals are committed to the communities we serve. While we are a profit driven company, we also recognize the value of giving back to our communities.

David Leatherwood, CEO of Norwich Partners, has had a longtime ambition of dedicating a percentage of Norwich Partners development profits to charity.  In 2003, he and Jenny Williams, a Norwich resident and local philanthropist, established the Children's Fund of the Upper Valley, a component fund of the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.  Through revenues from Norwich Partners development companies, Norwich Partners and Jenny Williams have contributed over $2 million to children's charities since 2005.

The mission of the Children's Fund is to provide opportunity for at-risk Upper Valley children, by building fitness, self-esteem and teamwork through outdoor activity.  We also aim to teach children and teens about healthy relationships, to prevent gender-based violence.

We accomplish our mission in two ways:
  • We make grants to local non-profits whose work is aligned with our mission
  • Through the "Finding our Stride" program, we create and help manage elementary and middle-school based running and fitness teams.
Norwich Partners encourages our employees to volunteer in their communities.  We provide innovative "time off" credit for full time employees to support non-profit organizations.

Philanthropy is not only "the right thing to do" - it is also good for business.  Our customers appreciate supporting like-minded community leaders.  We view philanthrophy as an investment in our community.  We see the return on that investment every day in the form of heightened employee morale, repeat business and new customers.
 

Norwich Partners is a proud sponsor of the Children's Fund of the Upper Valley, which strives to build fitness, self-esteem and teamwork for at-risk kids through sports and outdoor activities.  Please visit www.childrensfunduv.org to learn more.

        Norwich Partners Joint Venture Partner & Philanthropy Consultant, Jennifer A. Williams


Jennifer A. Williams has been a Joint Venture partner with Norwich Partners since 2003.  Williams has partnered with affiliates of Norwich Partners of Florida LLC in the development and/or acquisition of over 1,200 hotel rooms including Residence Inns in Lebanon and North Conway, NH, Portland, ME, Colchester, VT, and Westchester, NY; Courtyards by Marriott in Lebanon, NH and Westchester, NY; and Element by Westin hotels in Lebanon, NH and Miami, FL.

She is also the Executive Director of the Children's Fund of the Upper Valley, which strives to combat childhood obesity and build self-esteem through sports and outdoor activities, particularly for at-risk kids - please see the Children's Fund website at:     www.childrensfunduv.org

Jenny worked in higher education fundraising for 13 years, 11 of them with Dartmouth College.  Her current and past volunteer roles include:  Member of the Board of Overseers of the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College; Chair of the Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation/Upper Valley Region; Trustee of the Montshire Museum of Science; Trustee and Chair of the Board of the Children's Literacy Foundation; Trustee and Vice Chair of the Board of WISE of the Upper Valley; and Trustee of the Permanent Fund for Vermont's Children.

Jenny graduated from Dartmouth College with honors in French in 1985 and holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from NYU.  She lives in Norwich, Vermont with her husband Stan.  They have three children.
A Chat with David Leatherwood". Here in Hanover, Volume 17, No. 2, Summer 2012. Page 96.

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