There’s no question that the level of uncertainty that currently exists in our communities has caused many people to do what comes naturally in such times: get involved and donate to the causes they care about. Along those lines, many folks have been in touch to ask if we have any guidance we can provide.
Foundation President & CEO Dan Smith sent an email with our thoughts, and we are sharing a list of giving recommendations that includes some of the organizations that we’ve been hearing most about recently from our constituents, our staff, and other grantmakers in Vermont and beyond. And our suggestions for local organizations drew heavily from our most recent report, Opportunity: 11 Critical Paths for Philanthropy.
As you might imagine, no list could be comprehensive. In thinking about what to include, we considered hundreds of possibilities, and any one person’s list would undoubtedly look different. Giving is, after all, a highly personal endeavor. So, consider these ideas a starting point, and know that if you’d like more suggestions or help in thinking about your giving, don’t hesitate to contact us.
The list is divided into five categories: Anti-Discrimination, Immigration, Refugees; Closing the Opportunity Gap for Vermonters; Environment & Climate Change; Journalism & Media; and Women's Issues (see the full list below or download).