You Have the Power to Change Students’ Lives!

By giving to GIV, you empower Vermont's young people with a sense of wonder, direction, and a lifelong passion for learning.

Donate to GIV

GIV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

Donations like yours keep GIV’s transformational academic and artistic opportunities accessible to all of Vermont’s deserving young people, regardless of their ability to pay tuition.  When you give to GIV, you open doors for students disadvantaged by income, location or other barriers to receive world-class enrichment that changes lives.

Your donations give young people inspiration, confidence, life skills and a hands-on look of what a career in a particular field would be like. It only happens thanks to the support of donors like you!

Choose the donation option that works best for you, and thank you for supporting.

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Learn more about how GIV supports young people in Vermont.

Here's what GIV Alumni have to say:

“ The importance of [GIV] programs, for me personally and for society in general, cannot be overstated. I took away a motivation that is far transcendent of subject matter or time.”
– 2019 Alum
“ At GIV, I made meaningful connections with other people from around the state and around the globe, gained a wealth of valuable information, developed self-confidence, and gained a greater sense of who I am.”
– 2015 Alum
“ I want to thank you for making GIV a possibility for high school students in Vermont!”
– 2022 Alum
“ The experience I had at GIV was not like others. I was able to become vulnerable and share things I have never shared with anyone. I was able to relate to other experiences people had that I thought I was alone in experiencing.”
– 2019 Alum
“ When I stood in front of a mic for the first time it felt like opening a window.”
– 2022 Alum

GIV'ing is Easy!

Passionate about a particular Institute? You can choose to donate to that Institute specifically and know that your donations go to what you care about most. Or, you can request that your gift support students from a particular region or school.

Honor a GIV Alum or someone special in your life by giving a gift in their name. If you provide their mailing address, we’ll let them know that someone is thinking of them and that a gift in their honor is making a difference for young Vermonters.

Here are the different ways you can give to GIV:

Donate Online

You can donate online or call 802-865-4448 to pay with a credit card over the phone. You can also set up recurring gifts which are a great way to spread your generosity throughout the year. Your gift helps GIV provide financial assistance for the more than 80% of students who need it each year.

Mail a Check

You can also mail a check to GIV at 20 West Canal St., Suite C5, Winooski, VT 05404.

Give a Gift

To give a gift of stocks or securities, or to learn about GIV’s legacy giving program, please contact Tamira Martel at 802-865-4448 or [email protected].

Giving levels

$1000 and above
Governor’s Circle

Major Gifts & Foundations

Major gifts and foundation support for GIV can make a significant impact on hundreds of young Vermonter’s education and lives each year. Gifts may be designated to support specific Institutes or initiatives, or may support all aspects of the organization. Such gifts can either be made on an annual basis or for donors who wish to assure the future of a program or initiative, by creating an endowment.

If you or an associated foundation would like more information about these opportunities, please contact Tamira Martel at [email protected].

Some areas you may attend to support include:

Specific Institutes

Specific Institutes

Donors may want to provide leadership support for specific Institutes which can enhance faculty expertise, curricular opportunities, and programmatic support within a particular Institute or subject area. Donors wishing to align themselves with a specific Institute may also be interested in sponsorship.

Accessibility and Community Outreach

Accessibility and Community Outreach

Donors interested in broad-spectrum access may wish to support GIV’s Tuition Reduction and Scholarship Programs, which provide means for all qualified students to benefit from GIV’s world-class programs regardless of family financial resources or special needs.

Emerging Talent Development

Emerging Talent Development

Specific Schools or Communities - If you would like to encourage students from specific schools or communities to attend, earmark a scholarship for that place and we can use it to stir up more interest in that area!

Education Policy

Education Policy

Those interested in the broader educational landscape may want to fund conference presentations and research projects related to transformational education.

The Jean Olson Recognition Fund

The Jean Olson Recognition Fund

Created in honor of GIV’s Executive Director from 1993-2010, Jean Olson, this fund provides resources to enhance program quality by investing in equipment or new curriculum development or funding special expert presentations.

Leave a Legacy

GIV is able to accept bequests, insurance, and legacy gifts. Want to arrange sustainable legacy funding but not sure how to go about it? Contact Tamira Martel at 802-865-4448 or [email protected] to learn more.

Sponsorship and Partners

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) is made possible by the generous support of corporate, agency, and foundation sponsors, as well as individual donations. GIV greatly appreciates all of our sponsors for helping make these unique learning opportunities accessible for all young Vermonters.

If your company is interested in partnering with the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont to sponsor enriching academic Institutes for high school students in Vermont, please contact Tamira Martel at 802-865-4448 or [email protected].

Sponsorship benefits include publicity on GIV’s website, e-newsletter, print materials, and more. Please contact GIV with any questions.

Below, see some of the businesses, agencies, and foundations that contribute to and partner with the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont to offer high-quality educational experiences for Vermont high school students on college campuses.


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