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Social isolation puts mental and physical health at risk for too many Vermonters and the pandemic isn't helping. Philanthropy can help build community and connection to combat this trend.

Social isolation—defined as a lack of meaningful connections to others—can increase the risk of mental and physical health problems, including heart disease, stroke, depression, anxiety, and dementia. Our new brief shares three actions you can take today to help.

IN THIS BRIEF, DISCOVER:

  • The broad factors that lead to social isolation
  • Three actions charitable individuals can take to support Vermonters suffering from social isolation
  • Insights from nonprofit leaders
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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.

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