Foundations

Foundation Giving

A foundation is a nonprofit corporation or a charitable trust that makes grants to organizations like Easterseals VT for charitable purposes. There are two foundation types: private foundations and grantmaking public charities. A private foundation’s money comes from a family, an individual, or a corporation. An example of a private foundation is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).

A grantmaking public charity (sometimes called a “public foundation”) gets its money from many different sources, such as foundations, individuals, and government agencies. Most community foundations are also grantmaking public charities. Examples of public foundations include the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The NH Charitable Foundation.

Give by Phone, Mail, or In-Person

To talk about how your Foundation may support Easterseals VT, please email us at [email protected].

To give by mail send your contribution to:

Easterseals Vermont
Attn: Development Department
14 North Main Street, Suite 3004
Barre VT 05641

To give a gift by phone, call:

1.800.870.8728

802.622.3230

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions we hear at Easterseals VT and their answers. If you have another question or would like to request more information about Easterseals VT, please use our online form to contact us. Thanks for your interest!


What is Easterseals VT?

Easterseals Vermont is a non-profit formed in 1985 by Vermont residents who identified gaps in services in our local communities. While we are proud to carry the name Easterseals, which has a 100-year tradition of providing quality services for children with disabilities or special needs, Easterseals Vermont runs independently. Our mission, services, and all financials, including fundraising, are determined and managed at the local level. We rely on state and local funding and the generosity of individual donors and businesses to ensure the unique services of Easterseals VT are accessible to the more than 1,813 Vermont residents who receive assistance annually.

What Programs and Services are Provided by Easterseals Vermont?

The variety of programs and services we offer is shaped by our ongoing commitment to securing family-centered solutions for the challenges parents and children face. We work collaboratively with families and teams pursuing healthy attachments, trauma repair, quality mental health treatment, and permanency for children connected to the Department for Children and Families – Family Services Division. Our ongoing objective is to help build a strong future for Vermont children by assisting families with their needs as they learn and grow together.

A comprehensive list of programs includes:

  • Child and Family Support: Family Time Coaching, Family Time Coordination, Care Coordination, Family Safety Planning, Family Finding, and Transportation.
  • Post-Permanency Services: Supports families formed by adoption or guardianship that include in-home adjusted parenting education, consultation to treatment and school teams, and community resource referrals.
  • Intensive Family-Based Services: Providing support to children and their families facing challenges that threaten their stability and safety at home and in their community through clinically guided assessments, case management, facilitating community connections, Family Safety Planning, and therapeutic services.
  • Balanced & Restorative Justice: We enhance youth-focused restorative justice by creating a learning environment, identifying youth’s skills and resource gaps, and supporting youth to become productive and invested members of their community.
  • Youth Development Program: Promoting independence for youth transitioning out of foster care to adulthood by identifying stable housing, securing employment, and encouraging post-secondary education, while helping fund supportive, healthy connections.
  • Compass: Assists at-risk youth ages 12 to 23 and their families in developing well-being, education and employment, healthy and safe relationships, permanent connections, and stable living environments as they transition to adulthood.
  • Substance Abuse Testing: Coordination of observed collections and communication of results supports parents in treatment who need to monitor progress while informing risk and safety when children and youth are receiving services from the Department for Children and Families – Family Services Division.
Are Easterseals Vermont services limited to specific types of disabilities?

No, our services are not limited to specific types of disabilities; however, we support children with disabilities who have been connected or are currently connected to the state’s child protection system.

Easterseals VT prides itself on effectively partnering with the Department of Children and Families – Family Services Division, designated mental health agencies, schools, and agencies like ours that commit to supporting families. We work hard to cultivate and maintain these solid relationships within the districts we currently serve so that our work can have a more significant impact on parents and children.

How is Easterseals VT supported financially?

Easterseals VT receives funding from various sources, including private insurers, government agencies, and fee-for-service. Easterseals VT also relies on charitable contributions from individuals to make our services accessible to as many people as possible. Charitable contributions help cover the difference between actual program costs and what our clients can afford. Please help us continue providing exceptional services by making an online donation.

Why donate locally?

When you donate to Easterseals VT, your money stays in-state and supports local programs and services. You can feel good knowing that every dollar you contribute makes a real difference to your neighbors and your community.

What is Easterseals National?

Easterseals, headquartered in Chicago, assists more than 70 affiliates through management training, implementation of best practices, and consultation services.

Through our national network of affiliates like Easterseals NH & VT, we provide essential services and on-the-ground support to more than 1.5 million people each year — from early childhood programs for the critical first five years, to autism services, to medical rehabilitation and employment programs, to veterans’ services, and more. Our public education, policy, and advocacy initiatives positively shape perceptions and address the urgent and evolving needs of the one in four Americans living with disabilities today.