Guide shows opportunities for giving

MIDDLEBURY — Just in time for the giving season, the Vermont Community Foundation has published Opportunity: 11 Critical Paths for Philanthropy in Vermont, a new resource to help guide potential donors as they consider which organizations or programs to support.
Opportunity identifies 11 issue areas that present especially strong opportunities for charitable giving in Vermont right now. These issues are the challenges that Vermonters think about every day and include bringing quality education to all residents, cleaning up our rivers and lakes, expanding affordable housing, and tackling substance abuse, among others. The 40-page publication offers a concise background on each issue and highlights some successful approaches already under way in towns and cities across the state.
“A big part of our job is to encourage giving,” says Stuart Comstock-Gay, president & CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation. “This new tool will help show Vermonters how their gifts can help right now. We think it can be a useful guide for families making donations during the holidays and throughout the year.”
Comstock-Gay acknowledges that no list of this kind could ever hope to be definitive or comprehensive. He says that in coming up with the recommendations, the Community Foundation reviewed studies, articles, and reports that shed light on what’s working and what’s not; talked with people throughout the state who work on a wide variety of issues; evaluated its own grant programs; and looked at which organizations its own fundholders support.
Comstock-Gay says, “Our hope in publishing this report is to spark dialogue about what philanthropy can do, and to stimulate new thinking about the opportunities that exist today to help our communities thrive. Some people will be inspired to give to the programs discussed in the report. Others can use it as a springboard for discussions about the hundreds of other worthy programs in the state.”
Opportunity is available to view or download at no charge through the Vermont Community Foundation website vermontcf.org/uv. For any questions, or to receive printed copies, contact Margaret Morris at [email protected] or 802-388-3355, ext. 285.
Opportunity is the latest report in the Community Foundation’s Understanding Vermont series, which helps philanthropists learn about community needs, lead through investment in innovative and model programs, and grow philanthropy by inspiring others to give.

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