NO. R-220.  House concurrent resolution honoring David G. Rahr for his establishment and leadership of the Vermont Community Foundation.

(H.C.R.139)

Offered by:  Representatives Sharpe of Bristol, Anderson of Woodstock, Botzow of Pownal, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Crowley of West Rutland, Deen of Westminster, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Grad of Moretown, Head of South Burlington, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Hube of Londonderry, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Maier of Middlebury, Masland of Thetford, McLaughlin of Royalton, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Otterman of Topsham, Partridge of Windham, Reese of Pomfret, Shand of Weathersfield, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle and Young of Orwell.

Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison County, Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Collins of Franklin County, Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Gander of Windham County, Senator Gossens of Addison County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mayo of Caledonia County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Shepard of Bennington County, Senator Snelling of Chittenden County and Senator Welch of Windsor County.

Whereas, in 1987, David Rahr recognized the need for better facilitation of philanthropic giving in Vermont and established the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF), a public charity based in Middlebury, with a mission to increase private philanthropic resources in the state and to target opportunities to apply those resources effectively, and

Whereas, under his dynamic leadership, the foundation’s assets have grown to $73 million at the conclusion of 2002, and

Whereas, during his tenure as VCF’s president, many innovative projects were established including joining with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to create the Upper Valley Community Foundation which, with assets in excess of $30 million, was developed to increase philanthropic contributions in the Upper Valley; the Vermont Women’s Fund, a VCF component fund dedicated to promoting the social and economic equality of Vermont women and girls; and the Vermont Child Care Fund, also a VCF component fund whose purpose is to bring together business leaders, state government officials and advocates for early care and education, in order to build a long-term, sustainable base of financial and moral support, and

Whereas, he has held steadfast to his vision of VCF addressing both local and statewide needs through 17 years of helping to build healthy and vital communities, and

Whereas, David Rahr has worked tirelessly to encourage meaningful philanthropic activity in the state, and

Whereas, he is famous for his quick wit and Rahrisms, and

Whereas, his eloquent presence has been a welcome addition to many organizations’ boards of directors, both for‑profit and nonprofit, in Vermont, and

Whereas, after 17 years of visionary leadership at the VCF, he is concluding his role as president, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the enduring contribution which David Rahr has made to philanthropy in Vermont and wishes him the very best as he retires as president of the Vermont Community Foundation, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to David Rahr at the Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury.