About the Community Foundation

The Vermont Community Foundation was established in 1986 as a permanent source of support for the state. We are a family of hundreds of funds and foundations created by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. We provide the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make your giving easy and inspiring. Together, our funds and programs provide more than $18 million a year in grants in Vermont and beyond. 

About our work to close the opportunity gapIn 2018, the Foundation declared its belief that the opportunity gap was the single greatest challenge to the health and vitality of the state. Too many people in Vermont don’t have access to opportunities that help them get ahead in life, and we want to change that. Our work to close this opportunity gap involves deepening the Foundation’s connections in communities across the state, targeting our grantmaking resources, and making more place-based investments. And we are focused on these four issue areas: early care and learning, college and career training, family supports, and community vitality.   

Community foundations in the United States are public charities serving people who share a common interest—improving the quality of life in their area. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create permanent charitable funds that help their region meet the challenges of changing times. Community foundations invest and administer these funds. This little video makes it easy to understand what we do:  What is a Community Foundation, which was produced for us by Embolden.  

All community foundations are overseen by a volunteer board of citizens that works toward the greater good of the community.  Please watch Imagine What's Possibleour own video series that gives you a real sense of what we are all about.

The first community foundation was established in 1914 by a Cleveland banker and today nearly 700 community foundations in the United States administer more than $31 billion in charitable funds and address the core concerns of the communities they serve. And worldwide, there are more than 1,800 place-based foundations are empowering people to address local challenges and opportunities. Learn more about the community foundation movement

Community foundations are designated "tax-exempt public charities" rather than "private foundations" because they raise a significant portion of their resources from a broad cross-section of the public each year. To learn more about the community foundation field, please visit the Council on Foundations website.