News & Events

November 15, 2019
Dan Smith OpEd: The Philanthropy Challenge in Higher Education
Nationwide, approximately 50 percent of all students pursuing higher education attend community colleges. But, only about 1.5 percent of total private donations for higher education directly support the mission of community colleges. This occurs despite many compelling factors at play which philanthropy usually relies on to inform its decision-making. For instance, operational costs for community ...

November 06, 2019
Dan Smith OpEd: Building Community by Closing the Opportunity Gap
Community Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith recently penned an OpEd about the relationship between building community and closing the opportunity gap here in Vermont. In particular, his piece focuses on the exciting progress being made in the Connecticut River Valley. But the Community Foundation and its partners are taking part in similar community-building around the state through grantmak...

October 24, 2019
McClure Foundation Promotes Carolyn Weir to Executive Director
The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation has hired Carolyn Weir, CAP ® , as executive director. The McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, provides grants that promote equitable access to education and training pathways that lead to Vermont’s promising jobs. In addition to her expanded responsibilities on the McClure Foundation’s leadership team, she con...

October 08, 2019
Vermont Community Foundation Invests in Springfield’s Woolson Block
The Vermont Community Foundation has made a significant mission investment to ensure that the historic Woolson Block in downtown Springfield is renovated to offer quality affordable housing and commercial retail space on the banks of the Black River. The renovated Woolson Block will be another anchor for the significant revitalization already taking place in Springfield.

September 30, 2019
New York Times Journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey to Speak at Vermont Women’s Fund Event October 16
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times will headline the Vermont Women’s Fund’s annual benefit on Wednesday, October 16 to help celebrate 25 years of empowering women and girls in Vermont. Jane Lindholm, host of Vermont Public Radio’s award-winning weekday program “Vermont Edition,” will serve as emcee for the 5:30-7:30 p.m. event to be held at the Da...