Giving with Warm Hands: Our History

When Warren and Lois McClure established the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation in 1995, the longtime philanthropists already had a deep understanding of how community foundations respond to needs over time.

Giving with "warm hands" is a guiding principal for the family's philanthropic work. Read more.


Forging Links

Fall means “back to school” in Vermont. It’s a time of progress and collaboration on many fronts. One event that you may not be aware of is the annual Vermont Education Summit that convenes educators, administrators, business leaders, nonprofits, and individual philanthropists to share ideas on how best to improve access to postsecondary and career education in the state.

This fall, the McClure Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the fourth annual summit with the Vermont Community Foundation. Our keynote speaker this year is Tim Donovan, Chancellor of Vermont State Colleges. If your organization has not yet received an invitation to be part of this conversation, or if you are a fellow philanthropist or nonprofit new to this field, we welcome you to contact Peter Espenshade at the Community Foundation to learn more.

The launch of the McClure Foundation’s website earlier this year serves a two-fold purpose: it illustrates who we are and what we do, and it models the kind of transparency that we value in the organizations we support. We encourage you to explore the links above and suggest in particular a review of the summary of our current funding and the brief description of the first three Vermont Education Summits. The latter will lead you to our discussion of utilizing leverage in philanthropy on behalf of Vermont education.


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