Rick Davis Receives Excellence in Philanthropy Award from the Vermont Community Foundation

Rick Davis, co-founder and president of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, was presented with the Vermont Community Foundation’s 2015 Excellence in Philanthropy Award at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting on September 17th. The event was held at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester and attended by more than 350 people.

The award was established to honor a Community Foundation fundholder who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to supporting Vermont communities, collaborates with others to leverage their giving for greater impact, understands the value of operating support for nonprofit organizations, as well as the power of focused, strategic support, and helps shape the future of philanthropy through their legacy giving.

In 2000, Rick Davis and Carl Ferenbach founded the Permanent Fund, seeking to make a difference for Vermont children and families. The Permanent Fund places a priority on developing collaborative relationships and is focused on supporting early care and education through their Let’s Grow Kids and Vermont Birth to Five initiatives. Their work will continue to have a positive impact on Vermont’s children for many years to come.

Noted Rick during his acceptance speech, “It takes a tremendous team effort in our quest to make Vermont the best place in the nation to raise children. We have far too many children born in Vermont with the cards stacked against them. We cannot afford to give up on any of our children. They are our economic engine for the future, and we have an obligation to give these kids a chance to realize their promise. With continued efforts and support, I know we will be successful.”

The Permanent Fund is a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. Visit www.permanentfund.org to learn more.

Pictured above from left to right: Carl Ferenbach, Co-founder of the Permanent Fund;  Staige Davis, Community Foundation Board of Directors; Stuart Comstock-Gay, Community Foundation President & CEO; Professor Robert D. Putnam, Guest Speaker from Harvard University; Tim Volk, Community Foundation Board Chair; Cheryl Mitchell, Co-creator of the Addison County Parent/Child Center and Permanent Fund Board Member; and Rick Davis, co-founder of the Permanent Fund and Excellence in Philanthropy Award Recipient.

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