With the establishment of the University of Vermont Foundation, UVM signaled its intent to become more engaged in the broader scope of American philanthropy. Incorporated in 2011, the UVM Foundation is empowered to perform a wide range of services and conduct a variety of activities that support the University in its mission of teaching, research, and public service.
The Foundation offers influential and committed alumni and other donors the opportunity to serve UVM in ways that did not previously exist, focusing their collective influence, experience, and energy on realizing the UVM Foundation’s mission. With a bottom line focus and singular attention to philanthropy, the Foundation board inspires greater support from the institution’s top donors and extends the ability of the professional staff to engage donors in fundraising efforts. At the same time, the UVM Foundation shifts the burden of development expenses from the University’s general fund to the Foundation, increasing the amount of discretionary general-fund dollars available to the institution.
The Foundation and its volunteer board provide a structure that transcends the normal transitions that occur at higher education institutions, ensuring a continuity of message and focus during even the most turbulent times.