Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Women’s Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, is welcoming three new members to its statewide council: Ceilidh Galloway-Kane, Zoe Kaslow, and Drusilla Roessle. The diverse council of women from around Vermont advises the Vermont Women’s Fund and participates in its grantmaking, strategic planning, and leadership work.
- Ceilidh Galloway-Kane, a resident of East Hardwick, recently started a new position as the REACH! director at the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union following five years as the executive director of WonderArts Vermont. An artist and Vermont native, Ceilidh graduated from Smith College and worked in arts education prior to returning to the Northeast Kingdom in 2012.
- Zoe Kaslow is a philanthropy officer for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. A graduate of Middlebury College and a resident of Vergennes, Zoe previously served as the executive director of Addison Central Teens, which supports the Teen Center in Middlebury by providing a safe, healthy afterschool space for youth.
- Drusilla Roessle, who resides in Burlington, is the director of performance improvement for the State of Vermont Agency of Human Services. Dru graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Gender Studies, and is currently working towards a Master of Arts degree in Restorative Justice at Vermont Law School.
“We welcome these three outstanding community leaders to the Women’s Fund council,” said Meg Smith, director of the Vermont Women’s Fund. “Their vision and perspective will continue to drive the leadership of our work on behalf of Vermont’s women and girls.”
The Women’s Fund was established in 1994 to champion gender equity and economic equality. Its dual mission promotes philanthropy as a tool to catalyze change and to support organizations and programs for women and girls that make a difference.
“The Vermont Women’s Fund also is very grateful to our two outgoing council members, Dana Donaldson of Waitsfield and Susan McCaslin of Thetford, for their exceptional service to our organization,” Smith added. “Their leadership has had a direct and positive impact on the economic future of many of Vermont’s women and girls.”
The Women’s Fund offers an annual grant competition, awarding over $200,000 to nonprofit programs across the state in 2019. The Vermont Women’s Fund also funds Change The Story, a statewide initiative to align policy, program, and philanthropy to improve women’s economic status in Vermont. Change The Story, started in 2015, is a three-way collaboration with the Vermont Commission on Women and Vermont Works for Women.
Established in 1994 as a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Women’s Fund has granted more than $2 million to Vermont-based nonprofit organizations since its inception. Visit vermontwomensfund.org to learn more.
About the Vermont Community Foundation
The Vermont Community Foundation inspires giving and brings people and resources together to make a difference in Vermont. A family of hundreds of funds and foundations, we provide the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise that make it easy for the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love. The heart of the Community Foundation’s work is closing the opportunity gap—the divide that leaves too many Vermonters struggling to get ahead, no matter how hard they work. We are aligning our time, energy, and discretionary resources on efforts that provide access to early care and learning, pathways to college and career training, support for youth and families, and community and economic vitality. We envision Vermont at its best—where everyone has the opportunity to build a bright, secure future. Visit vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information.