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We are proud to be part of the Rhode Island community! Follow our blog for the latest news and occasional commentary about what’s happening at the Foundation and around our great state.

Redwood Library RIF Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 25, 2016
The stately classical architecture of the Redwood Library & Athenaeum is a visitor’s first clue they are entering a very special place.

Welcoming new Professional Advisory Council members
By Jim Sanzi / January 20, 2016
Over the years, we have had the great pleasure of working with countless professional advisors throughout Rhode Island. In addition to playing a critical role advising clients on charitable giving strategies, many of those professionals have played a critical role in helping us achieve our mission through their service on the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council.

Child & Family - Townsend Planned Giving Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 20, 2016
“All of our programs, from our early childhood programs to our services for the elderly, are based on preserving families,” explains Child & Family CEO Marty Sinnott.

Kim and Howard Sutton Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 11, 2016
"We enjoy helping people in the community, and this fund is an extension of that." - Howard Sutton, former publisher, president, and CEO, The Providence Journal

Mary M. Juskalian Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 7, 2016
“My kids were doing amazing things like silk screening and filmmaking. I pushed my kids to their limits, and it was amazing what they could do." - Mary Juskalian, retired Providence schools art teacher

Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 5, 2016
Thanks to the generosity of the late David Wax and his wife, Elaine Arden Cali, The Gamm has a permanent fund to benefit its long-term goals, support financial security, and generate annual operating income. (Photo courtesy of Peter Goldberg)

Building a culture of philanthropy
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / December 21, 2015
The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence sponsored a program featuring Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip. Simone’s message to board members and development staff is that in order to be successful in raising funds from individual donors, an organization needs a culture of philanthropy.

By Jean Cohoon / December 10, 2015
“We’ve lived here most all our lives,” Christine Rooks says of her and her husband’s desire to support organizations in the state where they grew up, had successful careers, raised a family, and have been actively involved.

proAbility Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 4, 2015
Smithfield-based proAbility, which has served Rhode Islanders since 2005, provides services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.

'Tis the season to give back
By Jim Sanzi / December 2, 2015
Our partners in philanthropy come from a variety of backgrounds and bring very different interests to the table, but they all share a deep understanding of the value of giving.

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