The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, was established in 1995 to continue the tradition of project-oriented, collaborative philanthropy practiced by the McClures. The McClure Foundation focuses its grantmaking on improving access to higher education by funding the strategies highlighted in its Postsecondary Education report. Read more about the Foundation's history and giving philosophy.
Board of Directors
Lois H. McClure, Director
Mrs. McClure served as vice president of the Foundation from its inception in 1995 through 2001, when she succeeded her husband as president. Three generations of her family have published The Burlington Free Press and served as boosters of Chittenden County. Mrs. McClure and her husband devoted over three decades to philanthropic efforts in Vermont and she has continued the couple’s practice of “Giving with Warm Hands” since Mr. McClure’s passing in 2004. Mrs. McClure has been the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, Champlain College, and the College of St. Joseph.
Barbara M. Benedict, Director
Serving as the vice president of the Foundation since 2001, Barbara McClure Benedict has spearheaded initiatives to assess and address the barriers Vermonters face in obtaining postsecondary and career education within the state. A native of Vermont, Barbara has earned postgraduate degrees and held positions in business and in public education. She and her family have lived overseas and in several parts of our country, enabling her to bring a sense of perspective to the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts in Vermont.
David G. Rahr, Director
David G. Rahr retired in 2003 after serving as the Founding President & CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation since 1986. He subsequently moved to Old Lyme to be near his grandchildren. David has extensive experience working with individuals and families helping them think through their charitable options and plans.
Willard T. Jackson, Director
Will serves on many boards, is the current Treasurer of Shelburne Farms Board of Directors, and is a major benefactor for Middlebury College. He lives in Cornwall and is a retired partner at Brundage, Story and Rose, New York.
Rep. Anne H. Mook, Director
State Representative Anne Mook currently resides in the Vermont House from the Bennington 2-2 district. Anne’s occupations have been in the fields of education, recreation, library development, and community service. Anne is also a Justice of the Peace and serves on the Board of Civil Authority. She has lived in Bennington for the past 29 years.
Stuart Comstock-Gay, Director
Stuart is President & CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, a position he assumed in early 2009. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Stuart served as director of the Democracy Program at Dēmos and chief operating officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Trust. He also spent 14 years with the ACLU, the last ten as executive director of the Maryland affiliate. Stuart and his wife have three daughters.