VPIRG’s mission is to promote and protect the health of Vermont’s people, environment and locally-based economy by informing and mobilizing individuals and communities across the state.

Founded in 1972, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) is the largest nonprofit consumer and environmental advocacy organization in the state. For fifty years, VPIRG has brought the voices of everyday Vermonters to public policy debates concerning the environment, health care, consumer protection, and democracy.

As a 501(c)4 nonprofit advocacy group, VPIRG conducts non-partisan public interest advocacy in support of priority public interest issues and campaigns and seeks legislative and policy solutions that make Vermont an even better place to live. VPIRG advocates and organizers use independent research, policy analysis, public outreach, and grassroots mobilization to design and implement effective strategies for each of our campaigns.

VPIRG established the Vermont Public Interest Research and Education Fund (VPIREF) in 1975 as its 501(c)3 outreach and education arm in order to conduct independent research and public education on the broad range of issues on which we work.


VPIRG is a people-powered organization and proud of it. The bulk of our funding comes from grassroots donations from Vermonters in every corner of the state, and many of our members have been with us for decades. We are especially grateful for our 3,600+ Sustainers who support our critical public interest work with reliable monthly gifts.

Financial information can be found in our Annual Reports and IRS 990 forms, below.


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