Staff Blog

This is a space where Foundation staff share their thoughts and musings on giving and community:

Vermont Community Foundation President Stuart Comstock-Gay shares his thoughts on giving & community.
Posted by: Stuart Comstock-Gay on 1/21/2016 | 0 Comments
As I finish my time with the Vermont Community Foundation, many of you have asked for my closing thoughts. There are far too many to share, and I did much of that in my previous blog. But on further reflection, there are a few more things I’d like to say.
Posted by: Stuart Comstock-Gay on 12/9/2015 | 0 Comments
Dear Friends, I’m writing to let you know that after a great deal of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to accept a position as the President and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation in Wilmington.
Posted by: Stuart Comstock-Gay on 12/3/2015 | 0 Comments
As we enter into the holiday season, it seems that everyone is thinking about giving. I think about this much of the time, but during this time of the year I’m reminded especially of the research that shows that giving not only makes us feel better, but makes us healthier overall. And that of course makes me realize how fortunate I am to be in a job where we are about giving all day, every day.
Posted by: Stuart Comstock-Gay on 10/13/2015 | 0 Comments

In early August, as part of my Turkey trip I found myself standing on the beaches in both Bodrum and Izmir. I was struck by the absolute beauty of the Mediterranean. I marveled at the palpable sense of community I saw among the Turks who were socializing, talking, swimming, and playing. At one point I even slipped into a reverie about the ancient Greeks, the Byzantines, the Romans....

Posted by: Stuart Comstock-Gay on 9/1/2015 | 0 Comments
Like many of us, I was steeped in the idea of the American Dream when I grew up—that anybody, with hard work and diligence, and a little luck—could do anything they wanted. I still want to believe, even now. Yet the evidence that there is an “opportunity gap” is growing all the time.
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