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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."

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.

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