The Samara Fund's mission is to help create a vibrant Vermont LGBT community and ensure that LGBT Vermonters are connected, healthy, appreciated, safe, and empowered.
The Samara Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation is named for the symbolism of seeds and growth, new life and vitality, the continuity of life, and of Vermont's native sugar maples. Samara is the distinctive winged fruit of the maple tree that gently spins its way to earth. Just as the samara ensures continuity of the maple tree, the fund fosters and sustains Vermont's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities by providing support for projects and scholarships and establishing a permanent resource for the future.
The fund can help:
- individuals and families with who want to support LGBT causes both now and into the future
- nonprofit organizations that benefit the LGBT community by providing grants to help meet and sustain their missions
Together, we have the power to create a legacy for Vermont's LGBT community.
The Samara Fund Advisory Committee
- John Byer, Chair, Jericho
- Dr. Joseph Bertolino, Lyndon
- Dr. A. Evan Eyler, M.D., Montpelier
- Carol Maloney, Middlesex
- Brooke Pearson, Montpelier
- Lauren Tronsgard-Scott, Hinesburg
- Lydia Winter, North Bennington