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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.

Five Questions with Victoria Johnson
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
Long-time educator Victoria Johnson established a scholarship fund at the Foundation for students at Rogers High School, her alma mater, where she held her first teaching position, and where she retired in 2003 as principal of the Newport school.

Jeremy S. and Edith B. Weinstein Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“We’d like to be more involved in Rhode Island, and we see philanthropic involvement as a means to do this. ” - Jerry Weinstein

Temple Habonim Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“Habonim” means “the builders,” and it’s what leaders at Temple Habonim intend to be as they build the Temple’s foundation for the future, including this endowment fund.

Ronald G. Stevens and Patricia E. Moore Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“There’s such a profound need out there. We asked ourselves, ‘How could we not do this?’” - Patricia Moore

Shirley Steere, Battey-Campbell Memorial, and Book Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
Three people, all for whom the Greenville Public Library was an important part of their lives, are honored through this fund which will help ensure a permanent source of funding for the 132-year-old library. At the same time, the library transferred its Book Endowment Fund to the Foundation.

Soutter Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
Rhode Islanders since 1968, Tom and Ginny Soutter have long been active in the state's nonprofit community and were introduced to the Foundation through Dorcas Place (now Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island).

MaryAnn Scott Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“Money helps to keep us safe – from the cold, hunger, and from people who might hurt us. It is my hope that the Foundation will guide me to where my money can do the most good for people who need help.” - MaryAnn Scott

Michael A. Salvadore and A. Doris Salvadore Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“Our father felt strongly about giving back, helping the families who lived by Salvadore Tool, reaching out to anyone in need." - Michael A. Salvadore, Jr.

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