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Sargent Rehabilitation Center Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 30, 2017
Established in 1917 as the Providence School of Lipreading, Sargent has expanded its services through the decades and now provides a full range of rehabilitation services to children and adults through its pediatric, neuro rehabilitation, and hearing center programs.

Frank A. Spino Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 24, 2017
“Frank lived an active life, but always had time for his family and friends...We would like his legacy to go on forever and are designating the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to be the recipient of this fund.” - Ralph and Letty Raponi

Sock/Myers Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 18, 2017
“We set up the fund in memory of Leila, Reuben, and Harriett to keep what they shared with us alive and use the values they instilled in us to help others,” Joshua Sock says of this fund he established to honor the memory of his grandparents, Leila Sock and Reuben and Harriett Myers.

Elizabeth Z. Chace Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 11, 2017
“I’m doing this because of my love for Rhode Island. This state is my home, and I’ve had an incredible life here. This is something that forever will give back to Rhode Island,” Elizabeth “Liz” Chace says of her decision to establish this donor advised fund.

Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 5, 2017
The Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund will support three areas which further the original focus of Bannister House to serve the African American community.

Robert and Rhea Brooks Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 21, 2016
“We both believe giving back is important in life,” shares Rhea Brooks, with her husband, Rev. Robert Brooks, elaborating, “The church has influenced me substantially. The church teaches what you should do with your wealth.”

Jeffrey L. Swanson Memorial Scholarship
By Jean Cohoon / December 13, 2016
"Just go. Lay down all your doubts and hit the road. You don't know what the future holds, so get off the couch while you can! The beauty is out there waiting to be captured." - Jeff Swanson

Young Voices Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 1, 2016
“Young Voices is entering its second decade as a dynamic organization empowering low-income youth to achieve dramatically in high school, gain admissions to competitive colleges, and graduate on time." - Karen Feldman, founder and director

A holiday tradition of generosity
By Chris Barnett / November 30, 2016
Since the Providence Journal opened the fund with us in 2014, thousands of children have received gifts thanks to the generosity of its print and digital readers, building on a tradition that dates back to when the paper launched what was then called the Santa Fund in 1924.

South County Art Association Fund and South County Art Association Founder’s Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 29, 2016
Exhibits. Education. Community. - Those are the words used to sum up the essence of the South County Art Association.

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