Our 2017 Annual Appeal for $15,000 started with generous lead gifts from
Susan Ritz and Holly Miller. By December 31, 2016, we had raised $8,100 from individuals, $500 from Pennywise Foundation, and just heard that the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation awarded us an additional $5,000. In a handwritten note, Lauren Curry, Executive Director wrote “please let your writing group know that their pieces and comments are what decided this grant.” There can be no greater affirmation.
In 2016, we received $2500 from Serena Foundation and $6500 from individual donors. We are so grateful to have had this show of support for our very first appeal!
In 2015, we received a Capacity-Building Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation for $2500 so a fundraising consultant could help us diversify our funding base and create a sustainable plan going forward. We are so grateful for the energetic guidance of Jane Dale, who sadly passed away early in 2016.
Between 2013 and 2015, Bari and Peter Dreissigacker generously funded writing inside VT as we evolved and learned best financial practices for our work.
The Vermont Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts started us with two early matching grants of $3300 and $5000 in FY 2010/11 and 2011/12; and honored us by featuring us in their annual report.