40 Years of GIV

In 2023, GIV celebrated 40 years of hosting life-changing learning adventures! Since 1983, GIV's Institutes have brought 12,000+ students together to forge new friendships, discover pathways to success, and find community.

40 Years of the Governor's Institutes of Vermont: The Story of GIV's Past, Present, & Future!

In 2023, we set out to make a film that captured GIV’s past, present, and future. In creating this film, we learned that GIV has certainly grown and evolved over the years, but the core principles of our mission and philosophies of education have stayed the same.

This the story of how GIV began, how it has grown, and how it continues to change the lives of young people 40 years later.

GIV Is... 40 Messages for 40 Years of GIV!

To celebrate our 40th Anniversary, we asked 40 of our alumni, friends, families, and supporters to share what “GIV Is” to them…

2000's Alumni Photo

40 Years of Life-Changing Adventures

There are many ways you can support GIV at this milestone, including…


💼  Share your GIV story with us!  💼

💵  Donate to support scholarships!  💵

🗣️  Share GIV content on your socials!  🗣️

🛍️  Purchase brand new GIV merch!  🛍️

🎧 Listen to the GIV 40 Year Podcast!  🎧

🧑‍🎓  Learn more about GIV’s history!  🧑‍🎓

Donate to GIV

Over the last 40 years, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) have provided life-changing educational opportunities for thousands of young Vermonters. With your support, we can reach even more incredible young people this year and for many years to come.

Please give $40 today!

Your donation, no matter how big or small, will help GIV’s 40th anniversary scholarship fund. Every dollar raised will be put to immediate use, directly supporting students this summer and next.

Did you know that more than 75% of our student body receives financial assistance to attend GIV? We need you to help pay it forward and support the next generation of young Vermonters to experience the transformational impact of GIV.


2000s Alumni

40 Years of GIV Film Screening and Story Hour Event

40 Years of GIV Film Screening Event
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for the screening of our “40 Years of GIV” film! In addition to the film screening, the evening was filled with memories, reflections, and stories shared by GIV friends and founders.

Stream the film with the link at the top of this page, and check out photos from the event below!

View the full album and download photos by clicking here!

Check out the 40 Years of GIV Podcast Episode on VT Digger's Vermont Conversation!

40th Anniversary Event

Thank You to Everyone Who Joined the 2023 Anniversary Event!

On July 29th, 2023, we held a special event to commemorate 40 years of offering life-changing educational opportunities with a party at Vermont State University’s Castleton Campus!

We celebrated GIV’s past, present, and future with live music, communal art, improv comedy, a photo booth, a silent auction, a contra dance, and food trucks.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in this event including our performers, volunteers, and supporters.

But most of all, thank you to YOU for attending, in person or in spirit!

Check out the recap video to relive the party!

Check out the photos from our 40th Anniversary Celebration event!

View the full album and download photos by clicking here!

Also, thank you to everyone who stopped by the Photo Booth at the party!


Download your photo booth files here!

Want to see GIV’s impact, 40 years in the making?

Learn more about how GIV supports young people in Vermont.

Celebrate 40 Years with Us!