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 principle for the family's philanthropic work. Read more.

Removing Barriers: Education in Vermont


Preparing students for Vermont's promising jobs

As a researcher in education and workforce development, as a school board member, and—most importantly—as the mother of two young adults, I wrestle with the issues of preparing young people for successful careers. How do we get students' attention? What are the promising careers and jobs in Vermont?

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Veterans’ Day 2014: Turning Impulse into Action

As Veterans’ Day approaches, let’s take a moment to celebrate the many ways that Vermont organizations honor and support the 50,000 veterans living in Vermont—and the ways that you can support their efforts, too.

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A Milestone Year

This year marked our first-ever competitive grant round. We're thrilled to share that the new process boosted the transparency of our grantmaking and allowed us to learn more about the bright spots in workforce development in Vermont. Foundation staff and board reviewed the foundation’s first-ever unsolicited grant proposals: 32 of them, in fact. We read them with an eye to collaborative potential and meaningful student outcomes. And this summer, nearly $340,000 in grants was awarded to organizations that lead pioneering work to help all Vermonters access career and college education.

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Innovation at the Intersections

On a windy day in January, legislators and education practitioners gathered at The University of Vermont’s Davis Center for a UVM/Legislative Summit on Education Policy. It was the first large-scale meeting of its kind and we at the McClure Foundation — a supporting organization within the Vermont Community Foundation — were pleased to be there because the focus of this gathering mirrored our foundation’s mission: building access to career and postsecondary education for Vermonters.

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Our 2014-15 Funding: A New Process, Strategy

The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation is proud to announce a new online process for the submission of projects for funding consideration for the 2014-2015 school year. Details can be found at A deadline of February 27, 2014 has been set for submission of Letters of Interest. The Foundation’s strategy is to promote both solid short-term gains and longer-term systemic change in order to increase Vermonters’ access to postsecondary education opportunities. Our goal is to help education become aligned with workforce realities in Vermont in order to build an optimal, diversified, and competitive state economy and enhance opportunities for a higher quality of life for all Vermonters.

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