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Rhode Island Foundation welcomes Kate Kishfy to Development staff
By Lauren Paola / October 15, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
The Rhode Island Foundation has named Kate Kishfy as Development and Planned Giving Officer. She will be responsible for inspiring philanthropy with new prospects, current donors, and their professional advisors by providing charitable planning advice and high-level relationship management and customer service.

“Given her experience as a trusted advisor on estate and tax planning, Kate is a natural to elevate the Foundation’s professional advisor outreach and planned giving services to new heights to benefit our generous donors,” said Jim Sanzi, the Foundation’s vice president of development. “Above all, she understands the power and inspiration of philanthropy and how charitable giving can often present smart planning solutions as well as a positive impact in our community.”

Most recently, Kishfy was an associate attorney at Hinckley Allen, where she worked on private client trust and estate matters, including advising them on tax-advantaged charitable giving strategies.  Previously, she was a National Teaching Fellow at Citizens School in New Bedford, MA, and program evaluation and operations coordinator at Crossroads Rhode Island.

The Barrington resident is treasurer of the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership and is on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Rhode Island. She earned a BA in Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University, a Master of Education at Lesley University and a JD at the Roger Williams School of Law.

Kishfy joins the Foundation as it comes off a very strong fundraising year in 2014, reporting $33.7 million in new gifts from generous individual, organizational, and corporate donors.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2014, the Foundation awarded $34.8 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit www.rifoundation.org.

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