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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.

New giving circles initiative can boost your philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / January 3, 2017
Through our new Giving Circles initiative, we're offering to match up to $5,000 in donations you and your circle of friends, family and others make to your favorite causes.

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.”

New $2.5 million endowment will serve RI's Black community
By Chris Barnett / December 19, 2016
The leadership of the Black Philanthropy Initiative and Bannister House are launching a new $2.5 million endowment to fund scholarships, youth mentoring and other services for the Black community.

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

Professional advisors help inspire philanthropy
By Jim Sanzi / December 6, 2016
We at the Foundation have had the great pleasure of working with so many professional advisors and their charitable clients committed to Rhode Island.

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

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