Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Vermont Humanities Council

  • Montpelier, VT
  • http://www.vermonthumanities.org

Mission Statement

The Vermont Humanities Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.
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Service Areas

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Vermont

State of Vermont

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer

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Mr. Peter A. Gilbert

Keywords

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humanities, literacy, reading, Vermont, culture, history, books, discussion, heritage, education, philosophy, community

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Also Known As

VHC

EIN

51-0187809

 Number

3340581548

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Our programs ensure that Vermont's local communities can offer vibrant, intellectually stimulating activities to the people who live or visit there. Last year, VHC sponsored over 1,500 programs in more than 160 towns,and distributed more than 20,000 books to literacy-needy families and child care facilities. People of all ages, from every economic and educational level and in every geographic area of the state, benefit from the cultural programming the Council sponsors. Please visit our Web site at www.vermonthumanities.org for information about our on-going programs. Expanding Horizons Whether it's through a summer humanities youth camp, praised by one girl for helping keep the cobwebs out of her brain; or through a museum exhibit transporting visitors to a different, distant land of snows through art and artifacts from Tibet, VHC expands Vermont's horizons. Our speakers bureau programs, grants, and conferences bring the world's wealth of ideas to people in Vermont's libraries, historical societies, schools, adult learning centers, senior centers, museums, and even prisons. Building Community We pattern our programs to genuinely deepen the sense of community that Vermonters value. Through our facilitated book discussion groups, our statewide one-book community reading program, and annual conferences, readers wrestle together with issues of globalization, dissect Shakespeare's theatrical kings' use and abuse of power, or identify with fictional Chinese characters' struggles between loyalty to family and loyalty to country. Expressing their own views and listening to their neighbors' perspectives, participants develop not only a deeper appreciation for literature, but stronger ties with each other. Including Everyone Because we know that people who are not proficient readers nevertheless think about life's interesting issues, VHC is deeply committed to humanities-based literacy programming. Avenues of exploration that are closed to adults or teens with insufficient reading skills can be opened through the scholar-led interactions with books and people that our Connections book discussion groups provide. Teaching the First Teachers Our training programs for child care providers and parents, and the thousands of children's books that we give to child care facilities every year, are aimed at ensuring that future generations reach school with the background they need to develop into enthusiastic learners and skilled readers. The programs are named for our conviction that it is Never Too Early to instill in youngsters the love of reading and learning. A Positive Health Care Story Beginning in 2003, VHC introduced a hospital-based book discussion program called "Humanities at the Heart of Health Care." It offers health care workers -- from doctors to receptionists, x-ray technicians to food service workers, nurses to janitors -- the opportunity to connect the world of health care with the world outside the hospital doors. It encourages health care professionals to listen, share, and reflect, using the powerful medium of story. Facilitated book discussions take place over dinner, conveniently located within the hospital workplace. VHC is working to help health care workers put the "humanity" back in their daily work life.

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Service Areas

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Vermont

State of Vermont

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Financials

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VERMONT HUMANITIES COUNCIL
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Vermont Humanities Council

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Peter A. Gilbert

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Major Jackson

University of Vermont

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?