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Actionable insight to inform your giving.

Powered by the Vermont Community Foundation’s experience and research, and informed by the lived experience of Vermonters, the Insight Hub offers webinars, events, briefs, and peer-to-peer experiences that help philanthropists understand where their giving can make a difference in Vermont.
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The Stranglehold of Student Debt: How charitable giving can bring relief

In 2020, a study by the Vermont Futures Project found that after paying for rent, childcare, food, cars, insurance, and an estimated $635 a month in student loans, a couple with one child would have about $75 a month in disposable income. Philanthropy can pave the way for new strategies to minimize debt and increase education attainment.

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Build the crowd before the funding: A Q+A with the Patronicity team

Every so often, the Insight Hub will bring you a Q+A featuring a partner or exciting organization we've learned about, with the intention to shed light on how their product or service benefits communities. 

“At our core, we are a community development organization that harnesses the power of crowdfunding paired with matching grant dollars to support community-led placemaking initiatives,” mentions Jonathan Berk, vice president at Patronicity, as we dive into our conversation about the company and its role in the ongoing Better Places Vermont Program (BPP). 

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Progress and Preservation: Three ways to improve communities through historic preservation

Over the last 35 years, Vermont's state government, local communities, and charitable individuals have partnered to successfully restore many significant structures and proved that the process revitalizes downtowns and village centers, spurs economic development, and promotes tourism. But there's more to be done. This brief shares three actions to improve and strengthen communities through historic preservation.

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