In His Own Words


The most important thing we can do in life is to help others.
We have received, we have given; and it is only in giving that we have influence beyond the span of our own lives.

- J. Warren McClure  


The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, was established in 1995 to continue the tradition of project-oriented, collaborative philanthropy practiced by the McClures. The McClure Foundation envisions a Vermont in which no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant. Its philanthropic lens is focused on improving Vermonters' access to college and career education. Read more about the Foundation's history and giving philosophy.

Board of Directors

Lois H. McClure, Director
Mrs. McClure served as vice president of the Foundation from its inception in 1995 through 2001, when she succeeded her husband as president. Three generations of her family have published The Burlington Free Press and served as boosters of Chittenden County. Mrs. McClure and her husband devoted over three decades to philanthropic efforts in Vermont and she has continued the couple’s practice of “Giving with Warm Hands” since Mr. McClure’s passing in 2004. Mrs. McClure has been the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, Champlain College, and the College of St. Joseph.

Barbara M. Benedict, Director
Serving as the vice president of the Foundation since 2001, Barbara McClure Benedict has spearheaded initiatives to assess and address the barriers Vermonters face in obtaining postsecondary and career education within the state. A native of Vermont, Barbara has earned postgraduate degrees and held positions in business and in public education. She and her family have lived overseas and in several parts of our country, enabling her to bring a sense of perspective to the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts in Vermont.

David G. Rahr, Director
David G. Rahr retired in 2003 after serving as the Founding President & CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation since 1986. He subsequently moved to Old Lyme to be near his grandchildren. David has extensive experience working with individuals and families helping them think through their charitable options and plans.

Tim Donovan, Director
Before retiring in 2014, Tim served as the Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. During his time as Chancellor, he expanded college access for high school students and provided leadership in the passage of the Flexible Pathways bill (Act 77) in 2013. Tim’s rich experience in higher education also includes 24 years at the Community College of Vermont (CCV). He served as President of CCV from 2001 to 2009, in which time enrollment nearly doubled to make CCV Vermont’s second-largest college. 

Rep. Anne H. Mook, Director
Former State Representative Anne Mook is a community leader in Bennington County. Anne’s occupations have been in the fields of education, recreation, library development, and community service. Anne is also a Justice of the Peace and serves on the Board of Civil Authority. She has lived in Bennington for the past three decades.

Janet McLaughlin, Director
Janet is Executive Director of Vermont Birth to Five, an initiative of the Permanent Fund. Prior to her current role, Janet was Special Projects Director at the Vermont Community Foundation, a position she assumed in 2013. From her work directing the Community Foundation’s Food & Farm Initiative, Janet brings experience with multi-sector, collaborative programs that aim to promote equity. Janet has a Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in Nonprofit Management from Syracuse University and her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

Dan Smith, Director
Dan is President & CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, a position he assumed in August 2016. Dan 
brings to the Community Foundation experience in public service, organizational planning and development, as well as a strong legal background. He brings to the McClure Foundation deep experience promoting postsecondary access and attainment for Vermonters. Most recently, Dan served as president of Vermont Technical College. Prior to that, he was director of community relations and public policy at Vermont State Colleges, where he developed and executed the institution’s state and federal public policy agenda. Dan, an eighth-generation Vermonter, lives in the Burlington area with his wife Lindsay.