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In May, Governor Phil Scott put his seal on a Proclamation of Inclusion. It urges Vermonters to work harder to end discrimination and welcome people regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity/expression, and disability. That message needs to be repeated, especially with the recent one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and the overdue call for racial justice it has brought.

But how do words translate to action? The Governor’s designation of the second week of May as Inclusion Week is a good gesture. But how does Vermont go beyond that, and show that we can get there from here? There are ways to donate time, money, and goodwill to reach the goal. Here are five. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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