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We invite you to learn about the issue areas where the Community Foundation and our partners are currently focusing philanthropic resources. You can make a donation online or by check* directly to any of these funds.

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Access to Higher Education Fund
Established with support from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, this fund seeks to:

  • Remove barriers to higher education
  • Invest in innovative approaches that target the cost and debt associated with higher education
  • Help Vermonters attain the advanced education they need to live and work in Vermont

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Addison Community Athletics Foundation
Established in 2012, the Foundation seeks to:

  • Support athletics and healthful behaviors in Addison County
  • Promote health, well-being, and nutrition through tennis and other programs for youth and adults

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The Con Hogan Fund
Established in 2015 to support the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership:

  • The $15,000 award is given to a mid-career leader who shares Con's vision of a better Vermont—one that places the highest value on the public good—and who seizes the responsibility for making that vision real
  • The award honors Con's remarkable work in service of Vermont and its communities. 

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Early Care & Education Fund
Established with support from the Permanent Fund for the Well-Being of Vermont Children and the A. D. Henderson Foundation, this fund seeks to:

  • Pool charitable contributions to expand access to affordable, high-quality child care and preschool for all Vermont families
  • Support the professional development and training of Vermont’s early care and education providers
  • Help Vermont’s workforce and economy prosper

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High Meadows Fund
Established by Carl and Judy Ferenbach in 2004 as a supporting organization of the Community Foundation, this fund focuses on:

  • Land Use: Encouraging working farms and forests, compact settlements, and watershed land use that protects communities, soil, and water quality
  • Clean and Efficient Energy: Lowering fossil fuel use, especially in homes of low income Vermonters
  • Farm, Food, and Forest Enterprises: Promoting vibrant enterprises as well as healthy ecosystems

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The Northeast Kingdom Fund
Established 2011by the Community Foundation, the Community National Bank, Passumpsic Savings Bank, and other generous donors, this fund seeks to:

  • Create a permanent philanthropic resource for the Kingdom
  • Support the people and communities of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties through annual grant awards

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The Philanthropic Leadership Fund
Established by a group of visionary donors and supported through ongoing contributions, this fund seeks to:

  • Support innovative programs and services at the Foundation
  • Provide in-depth analysis on issues in Vermont where philanthropy can make a difference
  • Fund publications and resources like the Vermont Directory of Foundations and the Vermont Directory of Nonprofit Consultants

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The Samara Fund
Established 1992 with the bequests of two generous people who wanted gay and lesbian Vermonters to lead healthy and productive lives, this fund seeks to:

  • Create a vibrant Vermont LGBT community
  • Ensure that LGBT Vermonters are connected, healthy, appreciated, safe, and empowered
  • Provide support for projects and scholarships now and in the future

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* If you would like to donate by check, please make it payable to: The Vermont Community Foundation and mail to: 3 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. Please write the name of the fund you would like to support in the memo section.