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"It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and biosphere have occurred."
 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Sixth Assessment Report, August 9, 2021

This week's new report from the IPCC made it clear that it's time to act on climate change to stave off the worst impacts for current and future generations. As we approach the ten-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont, here are four actions philanthropy can take today to address climate change in the Green Mountain State.

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Future of Farming: A chat with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

On July 26th, the Vermont Community Foundation’s Insight Hub hosted a webinar that examined the future of farming in Vermont, including strategies to build new markets and reduce reliance on conventional dairy. Here are some highlights from the conversation and tips for charitable individuals who want to help support a strong and resilient agricultural sector.

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Can We End Gun Violence in Vermont? One nonprofit believes we can

In a statement on May 25, 2022, Vermont Community Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith emphasized the need for gun control policy in response to the major mass shooting incidents that occurred last month. The Insight Hub researched the topic of gun control, and the following article is a result.

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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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