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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. Our new Insight Hub brief shares three such strategies that should be top-of-mind for charitable individuals.

IN THIS BRIEF, DISCOVER:

  • Three actions to help Vermonters struggling with student debt
  • Data on education attainment and income in Vermont
  • Testimonials from national and local experts
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Too Much Trash: How charitable giving can help Vermonters generate less waste

Vermont has some of the nation's most-forward thinking laws when it comes to recycling, composting, and the environment. But we have not lowered the volume of trash that goes to landfills. Instead, we are dumping even more waste pollution on future generations. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Charitable individuals can drive meaningful change and help fix the trash problem. Our new Insight Hub brief shares three actions that should be top-of-mind. 

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Rural Connectivity: How charitable giving can increase access to high-speed internet and revitalize Vermont

The broadband buildout underway in Vermont has the potential to dramatically strengthen the economy and fill an infrastructure gap that has left roughly 20 percent of Vermont households waiting for years to access reliable, high-speed internet and all of the vital benefits it brings. Charitable individuals can move the effort forward in numerous ways and know that as they build momentum, they are creating dividends for future generations.

Read the brief "Rural Connectivity: How charitable giving can increase access to high-speed internet and revitalize Vermont" »

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Stuck on the Sidelines: How philanthropy can reduce the college gender gap

Women outnumber men on most campuses in Vermont and in the nation, and not by just a little bit. At the University of Vermont, only 33 percent of this fall's first-year class is male, one of the lowest proportions in the school's history. Vermont philanthropy can help change this picture and at the same time continue to support the impressive gains made by female students.

Read the brief "Stuck on the Sidelines: How philanthropy can reduce the college gender gap" »