About Vermont's Nonprofit Sector

Vermont’s Nonprofit Sector, originally released in December 2010, provides an in-depth look at the nonprofit sector - its scope, its challenges, and its opportunities - as seen by Vermonters and our state's nonprofit leaders. It was made possible by the generous contributors to the Vermont Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Leadership Fund. 

We invite you to download a copy of the report, which was revised in February 2011 due to a data error. You can also view the results of our statewide surveys and explore resources for nonprofit leaders and grantmakers below.

Download the full report (1 MB PDF)
Request a printed copy of the report 
Works Cited

Web Extras - click here

  • What do Vermonters think about nonprofit executive salaries? 
  • Are there too many nonprofits in Vermont?  
  • What does the next generation of nonprofit leaders look like?

In the News

Tune in to hear our President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay talk about Vermont's Nonprofit Sector
Mark Johnson Show - Scroll down (or search for "Comstock") to listen to 12/14 broadcast with Vermont Community Foundation President Stuart Comstock-Gay. 
Watch an interview on CCTV ("The State of the Nonprofit Sector") with Start.  
Listen to a segment on WAMC on the nonprofit report with Stuart and Common Good Vermont Executive Director Lauren-Glenn Davitian.

Support the Leadership Fund

The Philanthropic Leadership Fund supports projects that grow the impact of giving throughout the state. Since its inception in 2006, the Leadership Fund has helped donors and nonprofits learn about community needs, identify and cultivate promising ideas, and inspire others to give. 

If you would like to support our work, we encourage you to consider a contribution to this unique fund. For more information call Peter Espenshade at 388-3355 ext. 248 or email PEspenshade@vermontcf.org.

If you would like to donate by check
, please make it payable to: The Vermont Community Foundation and mail to: P.O. Box 30, Middlebury, VT 05753. Please write "Philanthropic Leadership Fund" in the memo section of the check.

 Survey Results

The majority of the data in Vermont’s Nonprofit Sector was collected via two statewide surveys conducted by the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont in the summer of 2010. The first survey of over 800 individuals throughout Vermont sampled Vermonters’ perceptions of the nonprofit sector (“Vermonters’ Perceptions of the Vermont Nonprofit Sector”). The second survey of nearly 500 nonprofit leaders around the state, investigated the collective outlook of Vermont’s nonprofit sector in the face of new, economic challenges (“Nonprofit Executives’ Perceptions of the Vermont Nonprofit Sector”).

The following files provide an in-depth look at the responses collected from these surveys. For those interested in performing their own analysis, we have also made the full data files available for download. 


Useful Resources for Nonprofits & Grantmakers

  • Common Good Vermont is a people and web-based network that enables community and nonprofit leaders to access their collective knowledge, build partnerships, solve problems and achieve long-term social benefit for the people of Vermont. 
  • The Program in Nonprofit Management at Marlboro College trains the leaders of our region's nonprofit sector to be strategic, efficient and effective. They offer a ten-week professional development Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Board Trainings, and Advanced Workshops in special topics.
  • The Vermont Directory of Foundations – an online resource for Vermont grantseekers – can be used to find new funders or to research information on current donors and prospects. It contains information on grantmakers that have a primary address in Vermont, as well as those with a geographic focus that includes Vermont.
  • The Vermont Directory of Nonprofit Consultants is intended to:  assist nonprofit organizations in the "how" and "why" of hiring a consultant; help nonprofit organizations identify specific, prospective consultants; and aid consultants working with the nonprofit community to get the word out about the services they offer.
  • United Way of Chittenden County Volunteer Center:  Search for thousands of volunteer opportunities at nonprofit organizations in need of your help throughout Vermont. Find other volunteer opportunities online at RSVP & The Volunteer CenterVolunteer Match, or Idealist.org.

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