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Jean Cohoon
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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

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.

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.

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