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STRATTON — The Stratton Foundation wraps up its fiscal year ending June 30, distributing over $275,800 to support programs and initiatives on a mission to care for the well-being of the children and families across southern Vermont.

Thanks to successful events, sponsorships, donations, grants, family foundations, and intended endowments, the Stratton Foundation awards grants year-round across four major categories of giving: Basic Necessities, Health & Dental, Food & Hunger, and Targeted Education. During the Stratton Foundation's largest grant-making period ending in May, 87.5 percent of all incoming applications were awarded based on alignment with the foundation's mission, direct use of funds, target of children, provide critical services of necessity, and certain to make measurable impact. This year the Foundation's giving breaks down as such:

- 14 percent gives schools "Moving Mountains" funds to care for their most vulnerable children each day so that they are made "whole" and ready to learn, providing eye glasses, health and hygiene assistance, gas cards, food, clothing, etc.; Boots4VTKids and Kicks4VTKids initiatives, which provide footwear for both winter and other seasons.

- 24 percent supports children's weekend food backpacks, insuring at-risk children have access to meals at school, and community food programs.

- 29 percent addresses the oral health crisis with in-school dental services and caring for adolescent emergencies, early opioid and substance abuse education, mental health and suicide prevention.

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- 32 percent of grants target innovative education, life changing scholarships, first-generation scholarships, mentorships for at risk youth, and early literacy.

- 1 percent to help families in emergency situations.

The list of distinguished contributors to the success and grassroots philanthropy of the Stratton Foundation is extensive, and includes the revered partnership with the Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton Magazine, as well as the Charles S. & Millicent P. Brown Family Foundation, the Todd Richter First Generation Endowment, The Nathan M. Carreira Endowment, third party events such as the Vermont Challenge, Winter Wondergrass, 29029, and grants awarded by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Agnes Lindsay Trust, Panwy Foundation, Party with Purpose, and the Vermont Country Store. The 24 Hours of Stratton continues to be the foundation's largest signature fundraising event held annually in March, raising massive proceeds by providing the unique weekend experience to participate in on- and off-the-slope activities, and to ride Stratton through the night under lit trails, starry skies and into first tracks at sunrise.

With the public's help, the Stratton Foundation is removing the challenges of today and changing the future for thousands of children across southern Vermont. And as the needs of our rural communities intensify, so does the dependency on the Stratton Foundation. Please donate to the foundation's annual Campaign for Kids and help make a direct and powerful impact on the lives of those who need it most. Please contact: Strattonfoundation.org or call 802.297.2096.