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The Stranglehold of Student Debt: How charitable giving can bring relief

In 2020, a study by the Vermont Futures Project found that after paying for rent, childcare, food, cars, insurance, and an estimated $635 a month in student loans, a couple with one child would have about $75 a month in disposable income. Philanthropy can pave the way for new strategies to minimize debt and increase education attainment.

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Progress and Preservation: Three ways to improve communities through historic preservation

Over the last 35 years, Vermont's state government, local communities, and charitable individuals have partnered to successfully restore many significant structures and proved that the process revitalizes downtowns and village centers, spurs economic development, and promotes tourism. But there's more to be done. This brief shares three actions to improve and strengthen communities through historic preservation.

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Leadership Material: Three ways philanthropy can help expand the leadership pool in Vermont

"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.

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