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.

Vermont Funders Network
PreK-16 Education System

On April 8, 2015, the Richard E. & Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation and the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation teamed up to bring Vermont Funders Network (VFN) members an all-star lineup of New England education leaders. Together, at three locations in Winooski, we discussed how philanthropy is positioned to strengthen outcomes, equity, and access in Vermont's K-16 education system.

This VFN gathering came at a critical time for an important issue. In addition to being one of our most significant and complex state investments, Vermont’s education system is increasingly intertwined with economic development, human services, healthcare, food systems, the arts, and other areas of philanthropic focus.

Speakers included:

  • Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe
  • Nellie Mae Education Foundation Policy Director Charlie Toulmin and Senior Program Officer Jessica Spohn (PPT)
  • VSAC President Scott Giles (PPT)
  • CCV President Joyce Judy
  • Alfond Scholarship Foundation President Colleen Quint (PPT)

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