Middlebury, VT--The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced the addition of the following board members at its January 2014 meeting: Buzz Schmidt, founder of GuideStar International; Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation; and, Jennifer Archibald Williams, joint venture partner with Norwich Partners.
As founder of GuideStar International (as
well as the GuideStar USA and UK
organizations), Schmidt is a
familiar force in the nonprofit sector. The GuideStar organizations are
considered leading information sources on the health and impact of charities
and nonprofit organizations. He is board chair of the FB Heron Foundation and
GuideStar International. Schmidt previously served as board chair of the Nonprofit Quarterly and as visiting
scholar at Dartmouth
College's Tuck School of
Business. In 2012, The Nonprofit Times
named him one of "The Best and Brightest - 25 Leading Charitable Sector
Actors" in the past 25 years. He was previously named one of six visionary
leaders of philanthropy by Time Magazine.
His firm, Building Wherewithal LLC, provides consulting and research services
to help citizens establish systems and capital for building stronger, healthier
communities. Schmidt is a graduate of Princeton
and Stanford's graduate schools of business and education.
Comstock-Gay has been
president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) since 2009. VCF,
established in 1986, is a family of funds and foundations that support
organizations and issues throughout the state. Comstock-Gay previously served
as director of the Democracy Program at Demos and executive director at the
National Voting Rights Institute in Boston.
He has been active on civic engagement issues and foundation work throughout
his career. He spent 14 years with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),
including 10 years as executive director of the organization's Maryland affiliate.
Comstock-Gay serves on the board of the Mission Investors Exchange and as an
advisory board member for the Center for Effective Philanthropy. He received
his bachelor's degree in political science from Bucknell University and his master's
degree in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
organization, Norwich Partners, is a developer of and investor in commercial real
estate (primarily hotels) in New England and Florida. She is executive director of the
Children's Fund of the Upper
Valley, which works to
combat childhood obesity and build self-esteem through sports and outdoor
activities. Williams brings more than a decade of fundraising experience in
higher education, having worked previously at Dartmouth College
for 11 years. Her current and past volunteer roles include: board member of
overseers of the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College; chair of the advisory
board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundations (Upper Valley Region);
trustee of the Montshire Museum of Science; trustee of the Children's Literacy
Foundation; and, trustee of WISE of the Upper Valley, a non-profit organization that provides
advocacy, crisis services, and community education to those affected by
domestic and sexual violence and stalking. Williams graduated from Dartmouth
College and holds a
master's degree in public administration from NYU.
"We are thrilled to welcome Buzz,
Stuart and Jenny to our board," said Rick Davis, president/co-founder of
the Permanent Fund for Vermont's
Children. "They bring a wealth of philanthropic experience and knowledge
and will be instrumental in our quest to work with the State and our other
funding partners to strengthen Vermont's early
education and care system and help create positive outcomes for all Vermont children."
Schmidt, Comstock-Gay and Williams join the other Permanent Fund board members: Tom MacLeay, board chair and former CEO of National Life Group; Cornelius 'Con' Hogan, former secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services; Tom Johnson, president of the Johnson Family Foundation; Cheryl Mitchell, UVM research professor and former deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services; David Rahr, founding president emeritus of the Vermont Community Foundation; and, Carl Ferenbach, board emeritus/co-founder of the Permanent Fund and managing director/co-founder of Berkshire Partners LLC.
About the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children
Founded in 2000 by philanthropists Rick Davis and Carl Ferenbach, the Permanent Fund’s mission is to promote happy and healthy children and families through the support of four statewide initiatives: Let's Grow Kids; Vermont Birth to Three; the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative; and, Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership. Using a unique, collaborative philanthropic approach,the Permanent Fund works with other funders, non-profits, community leaders and policymakers to improve educational outcomes, build stronger communities and make a lasting difference in the lives of Vermont’s children. The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.permanentfund.org.
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