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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  

Mission 


What do four hundred electricians, more than two thousand nurses, and nearly five hundred software developers have in common? According to data from the Vermont Department of Labor, these are some of the most promising jobs expected in Vermont over the next ten years. As this data makes clear, high-pay, high-demand jobs do exist in the Green Mountain State: to those with specific education and training credentials.

The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, is guided by a vision of a vibrant Vermont economy in which no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant. Its grants build equitable access to the education and training pathways that lead to Vermont’s promising jobs. Since it was established in 1995, the foundation has continued the family tradition of collaborative, entrepreneurial philanthropy practiced by its founders, J. Warren and Lois McClure. Read more about the Foundation's history and giving philosophy.

 

Board of Directors


Lois H. McClure, President Emerita 

Mrs. McClure served as vice president of the Foundation from its inception in 1995 through 2001, when she succeeded her husband as president. She was elected President Emerita in 2017. 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, President

Barbara McClure Benedict served as vice president of the Foundation from 2001 through 2017, when she succeeded her mother as president. Barbara 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.

 

Rebecca Henry, Vice President

Rebecca Henry has worked as a marketing and business development professional in computer software and data management firms since her graduation from Boston University over two decades ago. She enjoys helping organizations, for-profit and nonprofit alike, bring their stories to life and achieve their mission.  A passionate supporter of institutions that promote experiential learning, creativity and problem solving with a growing interest in public education policy on state and national levels, Rebecca serves on the Board of her family’s local Waldorf School.  A frequent visitor to Vermont, Rebecca has followed with interest the work of the McClure Foundation and adds a wider New England perspective to the work of the Foundation.

 

Tim Donovan, Treasurer

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. Tim is the treasurer of the Foundation.

 

Dan Smith, Secretary

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.

 

Janet McLaughlin

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.


Mary Moran

Mary has served the Rutland City Public Schools since 1996, first as Assistant Superintendent and, since March 2000, as Superintendent of Education. She has a long history in public education and has served on various education and community boards and projects, including the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, the Vermont High School Task Force, the Vermont Superintendents Association, the American Association of School Administrators Executive Committee, and the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Currently, she serves on the Rutland City Public Schools Foundation, Project VISION, the Vermont Lumina 70/2025 Project and the Vermont PBS Board of Directors. Students at RHS describe Mary as a real Bostonian with a wicked accent and still boast that she played basketball and tennis at Boston College "back in the day." Mary remains an avid Red Sox Fan.