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As we begin to navigate the pandemic's long-term impacts on employment, now is the time to promote education and training programs that lead to Vermont's promising jobs. In 2020, the Community Foundation and its partners granted more than $3.4 million to college and career training initiatives, which boosted enrollment at a time when enrollment nationally was in decline and provided a valuable framework for pandemic-era public policy. On June 22nd, 2021, the Community Foundation hosted a short webinar to discuss how grantmakers can support college and career training in ways that drive more equity and resilience in Vermont. Speakers included:

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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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