Philanthropy has already stepped up to the plate to help with many recovery efforts for youth, but the challenge is far from over and it's important to keep the momentum going. Here are three ways funders can help.
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A recent study found that Vermont leads the nation in pay parity between men and women, yet women still earn only 91 cents for every dollar a man earns—a gap that widens when you look at race and/or women with disabilities. Philanthropy has a role to play in helping, and our recent brief identifies actions you can take today.
This year, funders, nonprofits, and the Vermont Community Foundation helped the state deliver approximately $2 million in state stimulus checks to undocumented immigrants who were not eligible for federal stimulus checks. This video and associated brief share lessons from the experience.
Vermont deserves to celebrate the remarkable public health campaign that has pushed the state’s vaccination rate past 80 percent and dramatically reduced the threat of COVID-19. But as we savor the return to normal, we cannot forget that a different public health challenge has only become more urgent. Last year opioid-related deaths in Vermont were up 38 percent from 2019.
As any parent of a school-age child knows firsthand, COVID-19 forced drastic operational changes upon Vermont’s K-12 schools since spring 2020. Educating students while keeping them and school staff safe took different shapes from one district to the next, but a common denominator was additional costs. Whether remote, in-person, or a mixture of both, adapting to the pandemic has meant a lot of unforeseen budget items—creating significant challenges for many school systems already under stress.