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Susan and Jim Garlington Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 19, 2015
A sense of giving back often is passed from one generation to the next. Such is the case for Susan (Horvitz) Garlington. “My parents were very giving and active volunteers in the community,” Susan explains.

Malcolm Farmer III and Susan L. Farmer Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 18, 2015
“It was an unbelievable experience, 24 months of rapid growing up that changed everything for me,” Malcolm Farmer says of his work in the 1960s with the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee in Mississippi.

Barry and Dr. Elaine Fain Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 17, 2015
“We’ve been part of Providence for a long time,” says Barry Fain of his family who started their first business in the city back in the 1890’s. “My wife Elaine and I consider ourselves so very fortunate that we are able to continue our family’s tradition of charitable giving through this new donor advised fund.”

Sgt. Maxwell R. Dorley Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 16, 2015
“You can’t change the world, but you can make a difference” was the philosophy of the late Sgt. Maxwell R. Dorley, shares his mother, Miatta Dorley. “Max was very compassionate and always felt sorry for people who didn’t have much.”

James Donaldson Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 13, 2015
“He loved coaching and the kids loved to play for him. He’d tell them, ‘I will help you be as good as you would like to try to be’.” - Jim Donaldson of his father, the late James Donaldson

Julius and Lena DelPapa Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 12, 2015
Julius and Lena (Testa) DelPapa immigrated to the States from their native Italy. Julius was a long-time owner of the Julius DelPapa Cement Construction Company in Pawtucket, and the couple raised two children, a son Angelo and a daughter Gloria.

Sister Angela Daniels and Reverend Daniel Trainor Fund for The Genesis Center
By Jean Cohoon / March 11, 2015
Their neighbors’ need for assistance led Sister Angela Daniels and Father Daniel Trainor to co-found what today is The Genesis Center, a multi-service organization that has served more than 7,500 people from 50 countries.

College Crusade Believe Fund and College Crusade Legacy Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 10, 2015
The College Crusade was founded in 1989 “to reduce high school dropout rates and increase educational and career success for low-income urban youth." (Photo: David O'Connor)

Children's Friend Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 10, 2015
For more than 180 years, Children’s Friend has served Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children. President and CEO David Caprio says, “We have a responsibility to continue that legacy and to build upon it, as we move forward.”

Chariho-Westerly Animal Rescue League Legacy Fund and Chariho-Westerly Animal Rescue League Animal Welfare Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 6, 2015
For nearly half a century, the Chariho-Westerly Animal Rescue League (CWARL) was, in the words of its late founder, Ilon Sillman, “dedicated to aiding animals in distress.”

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