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Actionable insight to inform your giving.

Powered by the Vermont Community Foundation’s experience and research, and informed by the lived experience of Vermonters, the Insight Hub offers webinars, events, briefs, and peer-to-peer experiences that help philanthropists understand where their giving can make a difference in Vermont.
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Stuck on the Sidelines: How philanthropy can reduce the college gender gap

Women outnumber men on most campuses in Vermont and in the nation, and not by just a little bit. At the University of Vermont, only 33 percent of this fall's first-year class is male, one of the lowest proportions in the school's history. Vermont philanthropy can help change this picture and at the same time continue to support the impressive gains made by female students.

Read the brief "Stuck on the Sidelines: How philanthropy can reduce the college gender gap" »

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Arts for All: How philanthropy can make the arts accessible and affordable

The power of art to inspire, comfort, and stretch the imagination is something all people can benefit from—not just those who can find their way to a museum, pay for a concert ticket, or hire a piano teacher for their children. Philanthropy can help increase access, nourish the artistic spirit, and support Vermont's creative economy at a time when it hasn't fully rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the brief "Arts for All: How philanthropy can make the arts accessible and affordable " »

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Delivering Hope: Promising Solutions to Improve Mental Health in Vermont

On November 15th, the Insight Hub hosted a webinar with the Vermont Department of Mental Health, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Vermont, and United Counseling Service that explored how to improve mental health outcomes in Vermont. Watch the recording and check out our takeaways. 

Learn about the event "Delivering Hope: Promising Solutions to Improve Mental Health in Vermont" »

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Student Loan Debt Relief Plan Is Cause for Celebration, But Not a Long-Term Fix

To better understand what this program means for Vermont borrowers, and why charitable individuals need to keep giving toward the goal of long-term college and career training affordability, the Vermont Community Foundation’s Insight Hub sat down with two leaders from its own ranks.

Read the article "Student Loan Debt Relief Plan Is Cause for Celebration, But Not a Long-Term Fix" »

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Meeting in the Middle: How philanthropy can expand access to homeownership

Vermont needs additional housing of all types. An important piece of the puzzle is the creation of homeownership opportunities for the missing middle—buyers who don't qualify for income-restricted housing programs but can't afford market-rate homes. Philanthropy can help preserve Vermont's high homeownership rate with strategies that target middle income buyers.

Read the brief "Meeting in the Middle: How philanthropy can expand access to homeownership" »