“Education and the arts have always been at the core of what we do and what we support,” say Martha and Todd Moore of the new donor advised fund they have established. Having both earned undergraduate degrees at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, the couple moved to Rhode Island in 1977.
In turn, each finished second degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Martha studied landscape architecture and, after working for the City of Providence and several local design firms, broke out on her own, starting her own private practice. Todd has been on the RISD faculty since 1985 and is a professor in the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies. His drawings and paintings, focusing on realism and varied landscapes, have been on exhibit in galleries and museums throughout the country.
While juggling the demands of establishing careers in their fields of choice, both Martha and Todd have maintained busy extracurricular activities in a variety of fields: music for Todd and part-time teaching and horticulture for Martha, as well as volunteer work for local nonprofits. Together they have spent more than 20 years on the restoration of a 300-year-old farm house and grounds. The couple raised two children and after 40 years in the state they feel firmly rooted and ready to give back on a new level.
“Our parents were always donating time and money to causes important to them, and they taught us the importance of supporting what you believe in. We are finally at a point in our lives where we can relax a bit and do the same,” Todd and Martha share.
Their first Rhode Island Foundation fund was a scholarship for Tiverton High School students set up in 2004 as a memorial to their eldest daughter. Through this fund, the Moores intend to support nonprofits engaged in education and the creative arts and, with their younger daughter, hope to build the fund and pave the way for another generation of philanthropy.