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"Local government—and local democracy in America—is one of the most well-coordinated and most successful volunteer efforts in the history of the world."

But there's no question that government leadership is getting more complicated. Even at the local level, you see fewer people wanting to take on this challenge, "...and that's concerning," notes Ted Brady, executive director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. In this brief, find three actions you can take to expand Vermont's leadership pool, including more women, people of color, LGBTQ+ candidates, and others who are under-represented.

IN THIS BRIEF, DISCOVER:

  • Expert commentary on why Vermont's leadership lacks diversity across the board
  • Three actions to take today to support emerging leaders
  • Suggested resources for deeper reading
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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.

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Future of Farming: A chat with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board

On July 26th, the Vermont Community Foundation’s Insight Hub hosted a webinar that examined the future of farming in Vermont, including strategies to build new markets and reduce reliance on conventional dairy. Here are some highlights from the conversation and tips for charitable individuals who want to help support a strong and resilient agricultural sector.

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