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Jean Cohoon
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AIA Rhode Island Scholarship Fund and AIA Rhode Island / DF Pray Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 24, 2015
The AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum, the charitable arm of AIA Rhode Island (a chapter of the American Institute of Architects), was established to support educational programs within the architectural community. The Forum provides this support primarily through scholarships.

Mark G. Adrain Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 23, 2015
“Mark was a great guy, very loving, and very much into family,” says Alyn Adrain of her late brother who died in 1990 from viral myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart. He was 35.

Five Questions with Herman H. Rose
By Jean Cohoon / September 16, 2014
Herman Rose established the first of three funds at the Foundation in 1985 and has been a thoughtful and involved partner throughout the nearly three decades he has worked with the Foundation.

Five Questions with Dan Sullivan
By Jean Cohoon / June 16, 2014
Dan Sullivan and his wife, Kathy, established a donor advised fund at the Foundation in 2012. Here, Dan answers questions about the causes they support, what inspires him to give, and his hope for Rhode Island’s future.

Christine Grinavic Adventurer’s Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 28, 2014
This fund, which “broadens perspectives and enhances personal growth” of students participating in travel and career internship programs abroad, honors URI graduate and adventurer Christine Grinavic who was lost at sea in 2007 at age 26.

Thank you to our 'village of volunteers'
By Jean Cohoon / May 1, 2014
“It takes a village” has become a common phrase for projects that require a large number of people working together toward a common goal. Indeed, it takes a village of volunteers to assist the Foundation in the many facets of our work in meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island.

Thinking strategically about website design and content
By Jean Cohoon / April 28, 2014
The all-new rifoundation.org is a completely re-designed and re-focused website that highlights Foundation initiatives, encourages site visitors to become involved, and is structured around three high-level focus areas.

Five Questions with John Murphy
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
John Murphy has established three funds at the Foundation: two scholarship funds and, with his wife, the John and Grace Murphy Fund for Youth.

Five Questions with Alfred K. Potter II
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
Al and Linda Potter established the Potter Family Fund, a donor advised fund at the Foundation, in 2004. Here, Al answers questions about the causes they support, what inspires him to give, and his hope for Rhode Island’s future.

Five Questions with Endowment Holder Roger Williams Park Zoo
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
Roger Williams Park Zoo, established in the 1890s, created an endowment at the Foundation to help ensure the Zoo is around for another 250+ years.

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