Philanthropy Transforms Lives

This was the founding principle inspiring women in Vermont to create a philanthropic fund for women and girls in 1994. Their vision was a fund for women by women dedicated to economic and social well-being, opportunity, and community.

Today, as we work to advance a new feminism that is centered on equity, we recognize that many women in Vermont—especially women of color and low-income women—continue to struggle with affordable childcare, access to a liveable wage, quality health care, and educational opportunity.

We fund structural change that advances gender equity and justice, so that all women, inclusive of cis and trans women as well as non-binary people affected by gender oppression, can thrive.

This work includes both grantmaking and developing a consciousness of giving among women. We all have the power to be catalysts of meaningful change through giving.

By 2030, women are expected to control upwards of $30 trillion dollars in assets. Combine that with the fact that women are more likely than men to invest in women and girls, and we have an opportunity to turn the tide on gender equality. Let’s do this!

Please join us in advancing the opportunities and futures of women in our state.

Sincerely,

Meg Smith
Director

 

Our Mission

We fund structural change to advance gender equity and justice in Vermont.

Our Vision

Vermont is a place where all women and girls thrive.

Our Values
  • Shared Power

  • Revolutionizing Systems

  • Equity for All

 

Origins of the Vermont Women's Fund

The Vermont Women's Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, was established in 1994 as an enduring resource for Vermont women and girls. The Fund remains the first philanthropic resource in the state dedicated exclusively to this mission. A council of women from around Vermont advises the Fund and participates in its grantmaking, fundraising, and leadership work.

The Women’s Fund works to improve the lives of young women and girls in Vermont by targeting philanthropic giving, forging statewide strategic partnerships, funding research, and supporting programs that address their fundamental economic, educational, and social needs. Since 2011, the Women’s Fund has focused on supporting women and girls as they make the crucial transition to adulthood.

The Women's Fund is based in the Vermont Community Foundation's offices in Middlebury, Vermont, and makes grants statewide.