We believe in the value of philanthropy to connect people and resources and to help broker bold and hopeful ideas that promote equity and opportunity.
Doing that work well means that we are always working collaboratively. Other funders agree: of 32 education issues, education funders from across the country listed postsecondary access and attainment as the most ripe for funder collaboration. We invest grant funds and staff time in support of networks and collaborations that reflect our mission and vision.
Our organizational home, the Community Foundation inspires giving and brings people and resources together to make a difference in Vermont. A family of hundreds of funds and foundations, it provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise that make it easy for the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love. The heart of the Community Foundation’s work is closing the opportunity gap—the divide that leaves too many Vermonters struggling to get ahead, no matter how hard they work. They envision Vermont at its best—where everyone has the opportunity to build a bright, secure future.
Our cornerstone grantee partner, the Community College of Vermont is Vermont’s second-largest college, serving over 7,000 students each semester. With twelve locations and extensive online learning options, students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access CCV’s degree and certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services.
Advance Vermont is a statewide partnership of leaders from business, education, government, nonprofits and philanthropy with a unified goal to increase educational attainment in Vermont for the benefit of our residents, communities and economy. Its mission is to advance the civic and economic vitality of Vermont by growing the number of Vermonters with postsecondary credentials, increasing equity in educational attainment, and strengthening connections among education, training, and employment.