The McClure Foundation continues to be guided by a long-term vision of a vibrant state economy that supports optimal quality of life for Vermonters. We believe, as does Lawrence Miller, Secretary of the VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development, that educational attainment is the bedrock of economic development. This fall, a few key themes resonated from meetings such as the 2013 Grantmakers for Education Conference in Texas, Vermont’s PreK-16 Council sessions, and our own learning seminars for local funders. We’d like to pass them along:
Removing Barriers: Education in Vermont
We all struggle to use our time, talents, and treasures to make a difference – and one of the most rewarding ways to do this is, in some informed way, to help others succeed. Our Foundation strategy starts with a family tradition of giving back to the community by collaborating with on-the-ground professionals to help others to reach their full potential. We continue to be guided by a long-term vision of what we wish to pass on to future generations of Vermonters: a vibrant, world-class economy that supports optimal quality of life in Vermont.
Spring is coming to Vermont and with it comes our beloved gardening season! We’ll finalize plans, then sow, transplant, and weed so our gardens can evolve into our visions of what they ought to be. For the McClure Foundation, too, this is the season to review the strengths and weaknesses of past funding cycles and to study current state and national trends in education (the “seed catalogue” we study all winter) so that we can increase the chances of success for our 2013-2014 school year funding efforts.
Education in our country is a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Because charitable giving for education is an important but small percentage of overall education funding, the member organization Grantmakers for Education (GFE) works to find the best roles for philanthropy in education. GFE and its members constantly calibrate and recalibrate philanthropic levers to ask: where can charitable dollars make the best impact?
Fall means “back to school” in Vermont. It’s a time of progress and collaboration on many fronts. One event that you may not be aware of is the annual Vermont Education Summit that convenes educators, administrators, business leaders, nonprofits, and individual philanthropists to share ideas on how best to improve access to postsecondary and career education in the state.