Give Now and Help Vermont

We invite you to learn about the issue areas where the Community Foundation and our partners are currently focusing philanthropic resources. You can make a donation online or by check* directly to any of these funds.

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The Philanthropic Leadership Fund
Established by a group of visionary donors in 2006 and supported through ongoing contributions, this fund seeks to:

  • Support innovative programs and services at the Foundation
  • Beginning in 2018, will be a key resource in our work to close the opportunity gap by providing support for critical community needs and statewide leadership efforts.
  • Fund research, analysis, and publications on issues in Vermont where philanthropy can make a difference

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Access to Higher Education Fund
Established with support from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, this fund seeks to:

  • Build equitable access to affordable and high-quality college and career education
  • Help prepare Vermonters for secure and successful employment

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Addison Community Athletics Foundation
Established in 2012, the Foundation seeks to:

  • Support athletics and healthful behaviors in Addison County
  • Promote health, well-being, and nutrition through tennis and other programs for youth and adults

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The Con Hogan Fund
Established in 2015 to support the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership:

  • The $15,000 award is given to a mid-career leader who shares Con's vision of a better Vermont—one that places the highest value on the public good—and who seizes the responsibility for making that vision real
  • The award honors Con's remarkable work in service of Vermont and its communities. 

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High Meadows Fund
Established by Carl and Judy Ferenbach in 2004 as a supporting organization of the Community Foundation, this fund focuses on:

  • Land Use: Encouraging working farms and forests, compact settlements, and watershed land use that protects communities, soil, and water quality
  • Clean and Efficient Energy: Lowering fossil fuel use, especially in homes of low income Vermonters
  • Farm, Food, and Forest Enterprises: Promoting vibrant enterprises as well as healthy ecosystems

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The Northeast Kingdom Fund
Established in 2011 by the Community Foundation, the Community National Bank, Passumpsic Savings Bank, and other generous donors, this fund seeks to:

  • Create a permanent philanthropic resource for the Kingdom
  • Support the people and communities of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties through annual grant awards

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The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children
Co-founded in 2000 by Rick Davis and Carl Ferenbach, this fund is working to ensure that by 2025:

  • 100% of families with children ages birth to five have access to high-quality early care and learning opportunities that meet their needs in a sustainable system
  • Child care is affordable for 100% of Vermonters
  • 100% of Vermont child care providers are participating in Vermont’s quality recognition system, STARS (STep Ahead Recognition System), and 80% are performing at the highest levels of quality within and beyond STARS

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The Samara Fund
Established in 1992 with the bequests of two generous people who wanted gay and lesbian Vermonters to lead healthy and productive lives, this fund seeks to:

  • Create a vibrant Vermont LGBT community
  • Ensure that LGBT Vermonters are connected, healthy, appreciated, safe, and empowered
  • Provide support for projects and scholarships now and in the future

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The Vermont Women’s Fund
Originated in 1994 as the state’s first fund devoted to the well-being and betterment of women and girls in Vermont, this fund seeks to:

  • Advance women’s economic security throughout Vermont
  • Give young women and girls the opportunity to experience a wide range of career opportunities, job skill development, and financial literacy training
  • Support mentoring and programs that teach economic self-sufficiency

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* If you would like to donate by check, please make it payable to: The Vermont Community Foundation and mail to: 3 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. Please write the name of the fund you would like to support in the memo section.