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The Vermont Community Foundation Welcomes Ruth Henry as a Senior Philanthropic Advisor

The Vermont Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Ruth Henry has joined our Philanthropic Advising team as a senior advisor.


Ruth brings over twenty-five years of development experience to the Community Foundation. She joins after spending nineteen years at the University of Vermont, most recently serving as Director of Major Gifts for the Larner College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center with the UVM Foundation. Henry was promoted to the position after serving as Executive Director of Member Services and The Alumni House Campaign, and as a Senior Development Officer for Athletics for seven years. Prior to UVM, she held director-level positions at Fletcher Allen Health Care (now UVM Medical Center) and Middlebury College.


“I wholeheartedly believe in the power of philanthropy to promote the wellbeing of our community by addressing social issues, like the VT COVID-19 Response Fund, and am dedicated to supporting philanthropy broadly across our small but powerful state,” says Henry. “Having lived and worked in Chittenden County since 1986, I have witnessed first-hand the impact of the Foundation and the individuals, families, businesses, and organizations it supports.”


“Ruth’s energy and warmth are irresistible—we are thrilled to have her join our team of philanthropic advisors,” says Vice President for Philanthropy Stacie Fagan. “Her professional skills and experience combined with her natural proclivity to build enduring relationships are an asset to the Foundation and the community of nonprofits and fundholders we serve.”


In her new role, Henry will work with new and existing clients of the Foundation to establish charitable funds, advise their grantmaking, and achieve greater results in their charitable work by partnering with other organizations and grantmakers. The Foundation strengthens community through its civic leadership and cultivates a resilient and robust society through its philanthropic advising and grantmaking.


Henry earned her Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family studies from the University of Vermont and her Master’s in higher education and student administration from Indiana University Bloomington. Ruth and her daughter, Ella, live in Burlington’s South End and are avid Catamount Fans.