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Jean Cohoon
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Preserve Rhode Island Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 9, 2015
“We want to keep our special, unique historic structures and our special places that form the character of our communities and contribute so much to the quality of life in Rhode Island,” states Valerie Talmage, executive director of Preserve Rhode Island.

Pennfield School Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 8, 2015
“The school is small enough that everybody knows everybody. Teachers know their students really well, and we have the ability to have conversations and make connections with our kids.” - Rob Kelley, Head of School

Jewel R. Paley Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 7, 2015
The late Jewel Paley’s love of Rhode Island and her belief in the value of a good education are the reason she established this fund, which forever will support education for Rhode Island youth.

By Jean Cohoon / April 6, 2015
Well-known for her love of music and the theatre, Emily Nicholson also exemplified a true philanthropist. Six years before her death, she established an unrestricted fund at the Foundation and later made arrangements through her estate plan both to supplement the unrestricted fund and to create a new fund at the Foundation.

Murphy Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 3, 2015
“The Foundation provides a very efficient way to handle your philanthropic giving,” believes Raymond F. Murphy, Jr., CPA, a principal with BlumShapiro, who established this donor advised fund.

Brian Moretti Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 2, 2015
“Brian had hundreds of friends, really close friends. In a professional way, he got people on his team and, in a personal way, he was everyone’s best friend,” Michael Moretti says of his late brother, a 2005 graduate and hockey standout at Cranston High School West who died in March 2014 from a cardiomyopathy at age 26.

Dorothy Carol Mitchell Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 1, 2015
Dorothy Mitchell remembers her father as a brilliant man, a gifted music composer who played many instruments, an animal lover, and an experienced sailor, but it was his charitable nature that stands out most in her mind.

Larry Mills Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 31, 2015
“Larry used to say, ‘What kind of legacy am I going to leave? If I had all the money in the world, I’d be a philanthropist,’” recalls Sue Mills of her late husband. “He left a tremendous legacy – the friendships and the work ethic,” Sue continues, and now, Larry’s name will forever be connected to philanthropy.

Terry A. Meyer Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 30, 2015
A former ski instructor, decent kayaker, and master gardener, Terry Meyer wants to spend her days outside not only for recreation, but also to provide a hands-on approach to her philanthropy.

Brian and Kathy MacLean Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 27, 2015
For more than 30 years, Brian and Kathy MacLean have immersed themselves in their local, central Connecticut community. After visiting Rhode Island for many years where they have a second home, The MacLeans want to focus more of their philanthropy toward Rhode Island. (Photo: Stacey Coleman)

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