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The roughly $2.7 billion that the American Rescue Plan Act has allocated to Vermont creates unique opportunities for philanthropists to jump in and deepen the impact of these historic public investments.

Charitable individuals can use donations to ensure deserving people and organizations are not left out. Here are three ways funders can help strengthen and improve the recovery.

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Too Much Trash: How charitable giving can help Vermonters generate less waste

Vermont has some of the nation's most-forward thinking laws when it comes to recycling, composting, and the environment. But we have not lowered the volume of trash that goes to landfills. Instead, we are dumping even more waste pollution on future generations. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Charitable individuals can drive meaningful change and help fix the trash problem. Our new Insight Hub brief shares three actions that should be top-of-mind. 

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Rural Connectivity: How charitable giving can increase access to high-speed internet and revitalize Vermont

The broadband buildout underway in Vermont has the potential to dramatically strengthen the economy and fill an infrastructure gap that has left roughly 20 percent of Vermont households waiting for years to access reliable, high-speed internet and all of the vital benefits it brings. Charitable individuals can move the effort forward in numerous ways and know that as they build momentum, they are creating dividends for future generations.

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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.

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