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A pure and humbling act of generosity
By Jim Sanzi / September 21, 2015
Throughout our history, the Foundation has been honored by the foresight and trust of donors who have placed their charitable legacies in our care through both lifetime and estate gifts.

Atrion Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 8, 2015
Founded in 1987, Atrion has been guided for nearly 30 years by four business principles: vision, purpose, values, and giving back.

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."

Nepal: What you can do to help
By Jim Sanzi / April 29, 2015
The images of devastation in Nepal are heartbreaking – poverty-stricken people crowded into dirty open spaces, lacking adequate food, shelter, water and any assurance of what tomorrow will bring.

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.”

W.H.S. Alumni Scholarship Fund
By Jamie Hull / April 23, 2015
“Traditionally, graduating classes of Westerly High School celebrating their 50th anniversary give a gift to the school." - Charles Taylor, president of the W.H.S. Alumni Scholarship Fund

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.

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