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Adams Public Library Endowment Fund and Adams Public Library Flexible Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 26, 2016
Supporters of the Adams Public Library in Central Falls include the rich and famous – Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep, and Viola Davis, among others – as well as hundreds of lesser-known individuals including Stephen L. Adams, Lysander Flagg, and Raymond M. Rivard.

Kenneth J. and Hannah E. Dorney Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 13, 2016
Throughout their 57 years of marriage, the late Kenneth and Hannah Dorney were devoted to their church and to local Masonic organizations. Now, their names will forever be linked to the organizations around which they built their lives together.

Joy Spanabel Emery Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 3, 2016
Joy Emery established this endowment to support the University of Rhode Island's Commercial Pattern Archive, the largest collection of patterns in the world.

Willett Free Library Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 27, 2016
The line “Good things come in small packages” certainly applies to the Willett Free Library, which is noted on its website to be the smallest library in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Historical Society Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 8, 2016
The Rhode Island Historical Society, a nearly 200-year-old organization, is responding to and changing with the times. “We’re proud we’re a growing and evolving organization,” states C. Morgan Grefe, executive director.

George H. Bond and Mary K. Bond Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 1, 2016
“They had a strong desire to leave a legacy in Rhode Island," says Nancy Bond of her late parents. Through this fund, they forever will support two places that were very special to them, as well as arts and culture.

Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 25, 2016
The Friends assist with wildlife and habitat preservation at the five National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island, which comprise approximately 2,400 protected acres.

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island Veterans Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 16, 2016
“We provide veterans with a hand up, not a hand out,” states Erik Wallin, executive director of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI), in explaining the organization’s wide-range of services.

Make Someone Smile Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 12, 2016
Delta Dental of Rhode Island is a leader in our state, not only as the state’s largest dental insurer with more than 600,000 members, but also in its commitment to community.

SouthSide Elementary Charter School Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 28, 2016
SouthSide Elementary Charter School provides its young students with a solid step toward college, while emphasizing community engagement and leadership.

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