January 2015 – Rebecca McCarty Copans has been named deputy director for the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, a philanthropic organization committed to improving early care and education for all Vermont children.
For seven years, Copans worked in governmental affairs, public relations and communications. She also worked as a realtor when her children were very young.
A graduate of the University of Vermont and Dartmouth College, Copans holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in globalization. Her thesis concentration was the history and societal use of language and its effect on early cognitive development.
Copans has three children, one of whom was adopted as a teenager. As a former foster parent and an adoptive parent, she understands the challenges faced by the Vermont Department of Children and Families and is familiar with the issues facing Vermont’s working families, especially when weighing quality childcare options.
“The quality and affordability of childcare is an acute problem for many Vermont families,” noted Copans. “That’s why the work of the Permanent Fund is so incredibly important. I’m thrilled to be part of their team and involved in this effort.” Born and raised in central Vermont, she now lives in Montpelier with her family.
About the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children
Founded in 2000 by philanthropists Rick Davis and Carl Ferenbach, the Permanent Fund works to improve the quality of Vermont’s early care and education system through the support of four statewide initiatives: Let’s Grow Kids; Vermont Birth to Three; the Vermont Community Preschool Collaborative; and, Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership. Using a unique, collaborative philanthropic approach,the Permanent Fund works with other funders, non-profits, community leaders and policymakers to improve educational outcomes, build stronger communities and make a lasting difference in the lives of Vermont’s children. The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation.