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Jean Cohoon
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St. Mary Academy-Bay View Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 18, 2015
In 2014, Bay View received its first charitable gift annuity (CGA). The donor, an alumna who now lives in Virginia, shared with Academy officials, “My husband gives CGAs to his alma mater. I want to give a CGA to mine.”

Bisaccia-Naparstek Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 5, 2015
"Philanthropy is a connection to the future. It’s psychologically rich and satisfying,” states Robert Naparstek of the support he and his wife, Lisa Bisaccia, provide to Rhode Island nonprofits.

Robinson–Kenney Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 8, 2015
For 36 years, Frederick S. Kenney and James A. Robinson worked together at Bostitch, first in Pawcatuck, CT, and later in East Greenwich. "He was a great guy," Fred told the Foundation in a 2005 interview, adding, "We liked to go fishing together, and we became very close."

Westerly Senior Citizens Center Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 24, 2015
“(It’s) a wonderful place to make new friends, enjoy a delicious hot meal, learn a new skill, take a day trip, volunteer, and/or partake of the wide variety of activities.”

Veterans Memorial Auditorium Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 22, 2015
“The Vets is a piece of a very complex puzzle. If we’re all working together, the arts can bring business to the state. It’s really exciting.” - Paul Brooks, president, The Vets Foundation

Dominique Velociter Founder’s Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 21, 2015
“We build globally aware citizens who are fluent in two languages and many cultures,” states Jean-Yves Carpanèse, head of the French-American School of Rhode Island, the organization that established this endowment to honor its founder.

Doris Gademan Stephens Mariposa Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 20, 2015
"The sense of community, fellowship, and a deep connection to the land where the food came from took Doris back to her childhood when she was raised on a farm." - Paula Sager

Sinclair Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 17, 2015
The Sinclair family has a long history of community involvement and philanthropy. “You just help a little piece of the world and do the best you can,” Rosalyn Sinclair explains.

Marilyn Swan Miller Schultz Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 16, 2015
“I always considered Marilyn to be the teacher every child should have. She was a remarkable teacher and a very creative person,” John Schultz says of his late wife.

By Jean Cohoon / April 15, 2015
“He was a spiritual leader in the spiritual community,” Dr. Irving Schneider says of his father, the late Cantor Morris Schneider who served as cantor at Congregation Adas Israel in Fall River for more than 50 years.

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