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Evaporate the Gap. The Gender Pay Divide Hurts Us All

A recent study found that Vermont leads the nation in pay parity between men and women, yet women still earn only 91 cents for every dollar a man earns—a gap that widens when you look at race and/or women with disabilities. Philanthropy has a role to play in helping, and our recent brief identifies actions you can take today.

Read the brief "Evaporate the Gap. The Gender Pay Divide Hurts Us All" »

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Living in the Shadows: Three Approaches to Reach Underserved Populations

This year, funders, nonprofits, and the Vermont Community Foundation helped the state deliver approximately $2 million in state stimulus checks to undocumented immigrants who were not eligible for federal stimulus checks. This video and associated brief share lessons from the experience.

Read the brief "Living in the Shadows: Three Approaches to Reach Underserved Populations" »

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The Public Health Battle That Isn’t Over: Four Ways Philanthropists Can Help Reduce Opioid Deaths

Vermont deserves to celebrate the remarkable public health campaign that has pushed the state’s vaccination rate past 80 percent and dramatically reduced the threat of COVID-19. But as we savor the return to normal, we cannot forget that a different public health challenge has only become more urgent. Last year opioid-related deaths in Vermont were up 38 percent from 2019.

Read the brief "The Public Health Battle That Isn’t Over: Four Ways Philanthropists Can Help Reduce Opioid Deaths" »

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“Wind in our sails”: The (not-so-mini) impacts of mini-grants to Vermont public schools

As any parent of a school-age child knows firsthand, COVID-19 forced drastic operational changes upon Vermont’s K-12 schools since spring 2020. Educating students while keeping them and school staff safe took different shapes from one district to the next, but a common denominator was additional costs. Whether remote, in-person, or a mixture of both, adapting to the pandemic has meant a lot of unforeseen budget items—creating significant challenges for many school systems already under stress. 

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