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Denby Family Fund for Public Art in Providence
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“We have personally seen very lively, inspirational outdoor art. It can lift up the aesthetic profile of a city and improve a city’s economic position through new tourism and convention business. Having cool, fun art would do great things for the city.” - Charles Denby, M.D.

Delmonico Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“This permanent fund is a wonderful way to keep the Delmonico family name alive, while also contributing to the community." - Gilda “Jill” Delmonico

Cranston Historical Society Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
Protect, preserve, promote. Those are the words Sandra Moyer, president of the Cranston Historical Society, uses to succinctly explain the Society’s mission.

Samuel J. and Esther Chester Arts Fund, Samuel J. and Esther Chester Medical Research Fund, and Louis and Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“He (Sam Chester) followed his interests with a passion and always wanted to help people.” - Tony Del Vecchio

Friends of Canonchet Farm Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“This farm means a lot to the community now. It’s changed from a place where nobody even knew it existed to a place where people say ‘I can’t believe this beautiful spot is here in Narragansett.’" - Kathie Kelleher

Bhikhaji Maneckji Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
Bhikhaji Maneckji is committed “to anything where my money helps people, especially that helps people to advance.”

Amaral Family Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“I remember our happiness, our tears, our good times, our hard times, and a lot of conversation while growing up on Summit Street in East Providence…This family is too precious to fall by the wayside without anyone knowing us." - George Amaral

By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
Joan O’Connor’s love for animals, evidenced through her involvement with local animal humane organizations, as well as the two cats, Wendy Lou and Nigel, who kept her company for many years, will be permanently recognized through this fund she established for the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

Foundation awards grants to 80 Providence teachers for classroom innovation
By Lauren Paola / December 19, 2013
80 Providence teachers will share $75,000 in grants thanks to the generosity of two local philanthropists through a pilot program designed to encourage innovation in Providence schools.

By Lauren Paola / December 1, 2013
Five nonprofit organizations that serve the African-American community will receive more than $38,000 in grants from the Black Philanthropy Initiative, a field-of-interest fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

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