George H. Bond and Mary K. Bond Fund
When Episcopal Charities of Rhode Island honored George and Mary Bond as their 2002 “Partners in Philanthropy,” it was noted, "If you go to any events given in Rhode Island to support other charities, look around - the Bonds are probably there!"
Indeed, the couple attended events that supported Hasbro Children's Hospital, Save The Bay, Newport Preservation Society, and Roger Williams Park Zoological Society, among others.
George and Mary, who both lived in Rhode Island nearly all their lives, met in the early 1940's as students at the University of Rhode Island. After graduation, George served in the Army in the European Theatre in Morocco and Italy; their marriage followed soon after his return to the States. They lived in New York for three years, then moved to Rhode Island in 1950 where they both pursued careers in human services. George was a vocational rehabilitation counselor and later supervisor with the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, helping deaf people gain the skills they needed for employment. Mary was a casework supervisor with the Rhode Island Department of Social Welfare.
It was after they retired in 1986 that they focused on giving back to the community, especially through the Episcopal Church and Episcopal Charities, as well as attendance at nonprofit events. Their daughter, Nancy, shares that her parents enjoyed visiting Roger Williams Park, especially the botanical gardens, had strong ties to Newport, and that her mother especially enjoyed classical music performances, film, and attending cultural events. George died in 2005; Mary in 2015.
“They had a strong desire to leave a legacy in Rhode Island. They knew that the Rhode Island Foundation is well respected in the philanthropic world. The funds are well managed and grants are awarded in many diverse fields using a disciplined approach. It is a timeless organization,” Nancy states.
This endowment, created from the estate of Mary Bond, will support two places very special to the couple, Roger Williams Park and Newport County, through our Campaign for Roger Williams Park and Newport County Fund, respectively, as well as arts and culture.