The mission of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is to “Ensure that every Vermont child has access to high quality and affordable early care and education by 2025.”


Founded in 2000 by two philanthropists who were seeking a proactive way to make a difference for children and families in Vermont, we are a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation.

We operate based on the knowledge that children live in families, and families live in communities. We search for expertise and leadership in communities, rather than reviewing unsolicited grant proposals. Our working style is to develop collaborative relationships with non-profit organizations, other foundations, community leaders, and policy makers.

We started as a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation with a focus on early literacy and mentoring. As our understanding of the emerging brain science and children’s needs evolved, our focus has evolved as well. Our priority is now on early care and education, age birth-five.