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Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 5, 2016
Thanks to the generosity of the late David Wax and his wife, Elaine Arden Cali, The Gamm has a permanent fund to benefit its long-term goals, support financial security, and generate annual operating income. (Photo courtesy of Peter Goldberg)

Building a culture of philanthropy
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / December 21, 2015
The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence sponsored a program featuring Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip. Simone’s message to board members and development staff is that in order to be successful in raising funds from individual donors, an organization needs a culture of philanthropy.

By Jean Cohoon / December 10, 2015
“We’ve lived here most all our lives,” Christine Rooks says of her and her husband’s desire to support organizations in the state where they grew up, had successful careers, raised a family, and have been actively involved.

proAbility Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 4, 2015
Smithfield-based proAbility, which has served Rhode Islanders since 2005, provides services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.

'Tis the season to give back
By Jim Sanzi / December 2, 2015
Our partners in philanthropy come from a variety of backgrounds and bring very different interests to the table, but they all share a deep understanding of the value of giving.

Sojourner House Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 20, 2015
“We believe that no one deserves violence in a relationship,” are the bold words on the website of Sojourner House, an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and their children.

Herbert S. Galkin Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 13, 2015
When David and Harris Galkin and Paula Wasser think of their father, three things come to mind: his love of family, his dedication to work, and his passion for boating.

John and Sheila Martin Professional Development Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 10, 2015
“Teaching character and giving students a sense of a moral compass was important to him,” Norman “Sandy” McCulloch says of John Martin, who served as headmaster at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington from 1996 until 2015. (Photo courtesy East Bay Newspapers)

Bristol Warren Education Foundation Endowment
By Jean Cohoon / November 5, 2015
Since it was founded in 2007, the Bristol Warren Education Foundation (BWEF) has awarded nearly $300,000 for innovative, high-quality programs that have benefitted students at every school in the district.

Kiekhofer-Dickey Endowment Fund for the Friends of the Brownell Library
By Jean Cohoon / November 3, 2015
John Dickey, a library patron and Little Compton summer resident, gave the Friends the gift to create this endowment in his name and that of his wife, Emilie (Kiekhofer) Dickey.

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