In response to our frustration and sadness reading about current events we decided to put our energy into something positive and impactful.  We decided to create a Giving Circle because one of the joys we share is meeting the amazing women in the Greater Burlington community - whether through our work, our interactions as mothers, our volunteer activities, etc. We are thirsty for change and improvements, and we are convinced that we can leverage the generosity of the whole and the energy of each individual to help local groups with their missions.

Alexa Clauss and Shireen Hart

Our Stories





I live, work, and raise my two teens in Burlington with my partner, Chip. I enjoy volunteering for various Burlington organizations, including KidSafe Collaborative, the Police Commission, and the Burlington Business Association. The Burlington community has provided so much for our family in terms of opportunity and fellowship. We have an obligation to give back to the community that has given us so much. These contributions take the form of both time and money. I feel like there is more that I should be doing beyond my individual efforts that only amount to a drop in the bucket of this community's needs.

The thought of collaborating with a group of women from varying backgrounds and philosophies to identify organizations that need an infusion of a larger contribution to help achieve their mission or take on a discreet project changes my current feelings of  frustration into hope. There is an absolute strength in numbers. I hope you will be among us.

"One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it." ~Maya Angelou



Our Members

Here is a list of LIFT's members as November 1, 2017.


Regan McCook

Founder & CEO

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Eric Teagan

Vice President

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Timothy Barrett


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