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Funders & Partners

Funders and partners are vital to Advance Vermont’s work. The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and the Lumina Foundation provide the support to make this initiative possible. Partner organizations (just a sample are represented below) help leverage existing efforts and resources and provide opportunities for collaboration. 



Vermont student assistance corporation

VSAC is the home of Advance Vermont, providing expertise and backbone support for the organization. Singce 1965, the VSAC has helped Vermont students of all ages save, plan, and pay for college or training after high school.

Lumina Foudation

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyound high school available to all. Lumina envisions a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Its goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.

McClure Foundation

The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation is a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation focused on access to postsecondary and career education.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation supports the people and organizations who contribute to making our public schools the best they can be—including, teachers and administrators, policymakers and thought leaders.

Windham Foundation

The Windham Foundation is a not-for-profit organization located in Grafton, Vermont. The Foundation was established in 1963, and the mission of the Foundation is still carried today: to promote the vitality of Grafton and Vermont’s rural communities through its philanthropic and educational programs and its subsidiaries whose operations contribute to these endeavors.

Jane's Trust Foundation

Jane’s Trust supports important issues in the Trust’s fields of interest, such as arts and culture, education, the environment, and health and welfare. The Trustees are primarily interested in supporting organizations and projects which benefit underserved populations and disadvantaged communities.


Careers CLiC guides K-12 students through the Continuum of Career Development by connecting schools and employers in our communities. Our programs build career awareness for elementary students, provide career exploration activities for middle school students, and offer career preparation opportunities for high school students.


The mission of the Community Engagement Lab is to bring people of all ages together in projects that activate their creativity to imagine and build more thriving communities. 


Creative Workforce Solutions is designed to streamline and improve services to AHS customers and employers across the state by offering consistent, coordinated workforce development in local communities. Offering a variety of innovative placement options to job seekers and employers alike, CWS represents a broad coalition of employment programs, all working to increase job opportunities for Vermonters.


Credential Engine is a non-profit whose mission is to create credential transparency, reveal the credential marketplace, increase credential literacy, and empower everyone to make more informed decisions about credentials and their value.


The mission of The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont mission is to empower young people with intensive, hands-on learning experiences in college settings which inspire their academic and creative passions, build confidence and leadership, and expand their sense of possibility.


The mission of HireAbility Vermont is to help Vermonters with disabilities prepare for, obtain, and maintain meaningful careers and to help employers recruit, train, retain and promote employees with disabilities.


Founded in 1955 by six visionary New England governors, NEBHE brings together leaders of education, higher education, government, business and labor to forge partnerships and advance ideas that enhance the economy and quality of life in the six-state region and around the world. NEBHE works to increase the education opportunities for New England residents and to promote collaboration among the region’s colleges and universities to expand access, success, affordability and the economic impact of higher education.


Founded in 1791, The University of Vermont (UVM) is a Public Ivy and top 100 research university large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet small enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study, from bachelor’s to M.D. programs.


VBSR is a statewide, nonprofit business association with a mission to foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of our citizens.


Created in 1987 as a nonprofit, public interest organization, the Vermont Business Roundtable membership is comprised of 100 CEOs of Vermont’s most active and committed for-profit and not-for-profit employers. Its mission is to make Vermont the best place in America to do business, be educated and live life.


The Vermont Higher Education Council, Inc. (VHEC) is an organization of all Vermont chartered public, proprietary and independent colleges. Its mission is to explore and implement new forms of cooperative activity which will strengthen higher education in Vermont.


The Vermont State Colleges — Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College—educate over 10,000 Vermonters every year; 84% of VSCS students are Vermonters, and 50% of our students are the first in their families to go to college. The education students receive changes their lives, and VSC graduates contribute to the future of Vermont.

Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC)

Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has operated statewide as a not-for-profit center since 1995, collaborating with public and private partners in business, government, and education to bring world-class assistance and resources to Vermont manufacturers and other enterprises of all sizes, helping them overcome ever-changing challenges, become more competitive, and grow their profitability. A valuable local resource and trusted advisor, VMEC has a 25+ year track record of achieving measured results and quantified impact for its clients, with a high average Return on Investment (ROI) reported by clients as a direct result of VMEC assistance.


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