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Kiekhofer-Dickey Endowment Fund for the Friends of the Brownell Library
By Jean Cohoon / November 3, 2015
John Dickey, a library patron and Little Compton summer resident, gave the Friends the gift to create this endowment in his name and that of his wife, Emilie (Kiekhofer) Dickey.

Thomas J. Murray Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 29, 2015
“Everybody loved Tommy. He was very charming, had a lot of friends, and had the most beautiful blue eyes you’ve ever seen,” Kim (Murray) Butler recalls of her brother, who passed away in December 2014 at age 42.

Natalie B. Kampen Fund of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival
By Jean Cohoon / October 20, 2015
A generous bequest from former University of Rhode Island professor Natalie Kampen is allowing Festival organizers to have big plans.

By Jean Cohoon / October 16, 2015
“Ruby’s goal for the fund was for student education and Jewish education. This fulfills his intent as the Holocaust through the Arts Program reaches thousands of students and educators." - May-Ronny Zeidman

Rhode Island Foundation welcomes Kate Kishfy to Development staff
By Lauren Paola / October 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Foundation has named Kate Kishfy as Development and Planned Giving Officer.

Audubon Society of Rhode Island Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 14, 2015
“Audubon’s mission has always been about protecting birds, other wildlife, and their habitats,” explains Larry Taft, executive director of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Paul A. Berchielli Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 8, 2015
“He fell in love with the ocean. He was always interested in the weather, the surf, and the ocean," recalls Janice Berchielli Tunney of her late brother, Paul.

Furthering our collective impact
By Daniel Kertzner / October 7, 2015
Increasingly, the Foundation seeks to partner with our donors as we work to find solutions to the complex problems facing the state. Over the last few years, the Foundation has offered our donors the opportunity to invest in grant opportunities with us. We call this “co-funding”.

St. Martin's Church Endowed Pledges Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 1, 2015
This endowed fund is the result of a late parishioner who is making a difference through a planned gift that will benefit St. Martin’s in perpetuity.

Lilly C. Tow Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 28, 2015
“Our mom was a gracious, determined lady. We want to keep alive her amazing spirit, sense of beauty, aura of class, and her courage to take on new challenges."

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