Major gifts and foundation support for GIV can make a significant impact on hundreds of Vermont’s young people’s education and lives each year. Gifts may be designated to support specific Institutes or initiatives, or may support all aspects of the organization. Such gifts can either be made on an annual basis, or for donors who wish to assure the future of a program or initiative, by creating an endowment.

If you or an associated foundation would like more information about these opportunities, please contact GIV Executive Director Karen Taylor Mitchell at

Some areas you may choose to support include:

Specific Institutes

Donors may want to provide leadership support for specific Institutes which can enhance faculty expertise, curricular opportunities, and programmatic support within a particular Institute or subject area. Donors wishing to align themselves with a specific Institute may also be interested in sponsorship.

Accessibility and Community Outreach

Donors interested in broad-spectrum access may wish to support GIV’s Tuition Reduction and Scholarship Programs, which provide means for all qualified students to benefit from GIV’s world-class programs regardless of family financial resources or special needs.

Emerging Talent Development

Donors interested in encouraging GIV graduates to continue their pursuit of higher achievement can support GIV-coordinated alumni college scholarships, travel fellowships, or other continued academic and professional development.

Education Policy

Those interested in the broader educational landscape may want to fund conference presentations and research projects related to transformational education.

The Jean Olson Recognition Fund

Created in honor of GIV’s Executive Director from 1993-2010, Jean Olson, this fund provides resources to enhance program quality by investing in equipment or new curriculum development or funding special expert presentations.