Through our 2020 grantmaking, we are providing funding to a range of systems development efforts, growth-stage programs, and ongoing events and convenings in support of our vision of college and career training that drives equity and resilience. The following represents the majority of our current portfolio of grantee partners.

Advance Vermont

Funding for 2018-19 through 2020-21

Our funding has helped Advance Vermont execute a communications and public affairs campaign to broaden the understanding of the importance of college and career training; launch the Today's Student Summit and Initiative; and develop a public-facing digital portal to drive awareness of promising occupations and how to obtain the education and training that lead to them.

Careers CLiC

Funding for 2017-18 through 2020-21

McClure Foundation funds support Career CLiC in building high-quality statewide work-based learning systems that connect schools with employers to ensure Vermont youth are career-aware and career-ready. Additional funding is supporting the development of a postseconday resource guide for Vermont-based mentors in partnership with MENTOR Vermont and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.

Community College of Vermont (CCV)

Secondary Programs & Initiatives

Funding for School Years 2008-09 through 2020-21

Our funding supports CCV's engagement with 6-12th grade students in a continuum of programs that support awareness of and aspirations to college and career training. Programs include Middle School Access Days, Intro to College and Careers, Dual Enrollment and Early College.

Occupational Credentialing Program Development

Funding for 2018-19 through 2020-21

Our funding supports the development of flexible, online occupational credentialing programs serving Vermonters who need targeted skills and credentials to move ahead in their careers.

Veteran Student Services

Funding for 2010-11 through 2020-21

Our funding supports veteran and military services at CCV through which CCV provides specialized support from admission through graduation for veterans and military-connected students. The McClure family is a multi-generation military family with a deep belief in the capabilities and talents of veterans and an interest in supporting their successful transition to civilian life and work.

Prison to College Pathway

Funding for 2017-18 through 2019-29

Our funding helped launch CCV's ReSET VT Program, a promising initiative to offer college courses and advising to men incarcerated at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. In large part due to the early successes of that program, CCV was awarded a Second-Chance Pell grant from the federal Department of Education in 2020 to continue and expand their incarcerated education efforts in ways that will lead to significant improvement in access to college and career training for Vermonters experiencing incarceration. With support from the federal grant, CCV will continue offering college courses in the Northern State Facility; in 2020-21, they plan to begin offering courses at the prisons in South Burlington (women's facility), Rutland, and St. Johnsbury.

Enhanced Student Advising

Funding for 2020-21

Our funding will support enhanced training for all Coordinators of Student Advising at CCV, a new role that focuses on advising and supporting student success.

Assessment of Prior Learning

Funding for 2020

Funding in recognition of CCV's 50th anniversary to support take-up of Assessment of Prior Learning program that provides convenient options for gaining college credit for college-level learning and experienced gained through work or training, military or community service, online or individual study.

Governor's Institutes of Vermont 

Funding for 2018-19 through 2021-2022

Funding to support scholarships that improve the access of young Vermonters in low-income families to the Institutes’ in-depth, hands-on programming that offers students pathways from curiosity into careers.

Most Promising Jobs Campaign and the Pathways to Promising Careers Resource

Funding for 2010-11 through 2020-21

The Most Promising Jobs Campaign is a statewide effort to promote the digital and print Pathways to Promising Careers Resource, which identifies the highest-paying, highest-demand jobs projected for Vermont and the educational requirements needed to obtain them. Created in partnership with the Vermont Department of Labor, the McClure Foundation’s “Pathways” resource identifies sixty-two careers expected to have at least 250 job openings over the next decade and pay above an hourly wage of $20. Well over 150,000 brochures featuring the jobs have been distributed to high schools, colleges, career counseling organizations, nonprofits, and libraries across the state. The website was beta tested with Vermont National Guard members prior to their return from Afghanistan in late 2010.

Northern Vermont University

Funding for 2016-17 through 2021-2022

Support for a week-long Summer Bridge program that enhances the academic preparation, motivation, and retention of over 50 first-time, low-income, first-generation, and/or disabled students.


Funding for 2020 and 2021

Support for the Multicultural Youth Program.

Vermont Community Learning Network

Funding for 2020 and 2021

Support for a collaborative model led by Community Engagement Lab to support engaged school communities with an eye toward improving equitable continuation to college and career training. 

Vermont Principals' Association

Funding for 2019 through 2021

Support for the VPA's Equity Initiative, which is focused on increasing equity literacy in Vermont's schools through public engagement, individual and cohort-based practice, and the development of local equity literate teams.

Vermont State Colleges

Funding for 2020

To support the development of competency-based pathways to early care and education credentials within the Vermont State Colleges System.

Vermont Talent Pipeline Management

Funding for 2019-20 and 2020-21

To support a demand-driven, employee-led workforce development approach to closing the skills gap in Vermont. Vermont Talent Pipeline Management is an initiative of the Vermont Business Roundtable.

Vermont Technical College

Funding for 2020-21

To support the development of a Dental Therapy program that would represent a new and innovative type of credential in an industry with a critical labor shortage. In addition to increasing the number of credentialed dental health professionals we also believe this effort will improve rural access to dental care and will support the vitality of an institution that has a strong track record of serving Vermonters facing barriers to college and career training. Since 2018, we have also provided funding to support summer youth programming that encourages participants to continue engaging with STEM learning into high school and college.