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The Vermont Community Foundation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Felipe Rivera
Communications Director
The Vermont Community Foundation
(802) 388-3355, x 243
frivera@vermontcf.org
Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415
mor@foundationcenter.org

Vermont Directory of Foundations Makes Online Debut


Middlebury, VT—June 11, 2007. The Vermont Directory of Foundations has found a new home at the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF), which is publishing the latest edition in three different forms: a free searchable online database, a free PDF download, and a printed book. The directory is used by Vermont nonprofits to identify potential sources of funding. Its comprehensive information on grantmakers located in Vermont as well as out-of-state funders who give in Vermont is also useful for foundations and others interested in the philanthropic sector.

To publish the directory, the VCF collaborated with the Foundation Center, a New York-based nonprofit that maintains a comprehensive database of U.S. grantmakers and their associated grants. The Foundation Center developed the online technology and provided the data for the new edition. As a result of this collaboration, audiences everywhere have free access to the online version of the directory.

VCF President & CEO Brian Byrnes saw the project as a natural fit for the Foundation. "We are always looking for ways in which we can help nonprofits and other charitable partners achieve their missions by providing them with the knowledge, the skills, and the tools to be strategic," he says. "This is a powerful piece of infrastructure to help the largest employment sector in the state identify sources of revenue easily and efficiently."

The newest edition of the directory, which is available on the Foundation's web site, builds on the success of a publication that was started more than 20 years ago by Vermont fundraising consultant Christine Graham. Graham had long dreamed of creating an online version of her directory, and of making it more broadly accessible at less cost. Last year, she began working closely with the Foundation to make this dream a reality. The online version of the directory launched by the VCF and the Foundation Center allows grantseekers to quickly sort through hundreds of grantmakers using criteria such as field of interest, type of grantmaker, type of support, total giving, and geographic focus.

"We're so pleased that we had the opportunity to work with the Vermont Community Foundation on this project," says Sara Engelhardt, president of the Foundation Center. "This is a perfect example of how the Foundation Center's information resources can be customized and targeted to the needs and interests of specialized communities and audiences."

Graham says, "I believe this is the best possible direction to take the Directory, given technology advances, increasing foundation activity, and the growing sophistication of Vermont's development efforts. The directory has been a centerpiece of my work with nonprofits for two decades, and I am delighted that this partnership will provide a better, more accessible source of information for grantseekers."

The project was supported by grants from the Bay and Paul Foundations, the A.D. Henderson Foundation, and contributors to the VCF's Philanthropic Leadership Fund, which provides valuable unrestricted funding for innovative projects that benefit the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.


About the Vermont Community Foundation
The VCF helps Vermont-focused philanthropists, organizations, and businesses cultivate their love of giving to the community by helping them learn, lead, and grow through their philanthropy. The VCF is a statewide public charity with more than 500 individual funds, each of which contributes to building healthy and vital Vermont communities. The Foundation also offers planned giving, nonprofit agency endowment management, and other services that help charitable partners achieve their missions. To learn more about the VCF, please visit www.vermontcf.org or call (802) 388-3355.

About the Foundation Center
The Foundation Center, founded in 1956, is the nation's leading authority on organized philanthropy. It maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants and operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The Center provides access to these and other resources through its web site, five regional library/learning centers, and its national network of more than 325 Cooperating Collections, including two in Vermont, in Middlebury and Montpelier. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230.

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