The 1916 Society, named to commemorate the year of the Foundation’s founding, was established in 1998 to acknowledge our partners in philanthropy who name the Foundation in their estate plans through bequests or deferred gifts. Many of these philanthropists are motivated by leaving a legacy – by leaving the world a better place.
Every year, we celebrate and thank the members of our 1916 Society – for their foresight, generosity, and commitment to civic engagement. This year, we gathered at the Hope Club, where Jenny Pereira, our Director of Grant Programs, held an ‘open conversation’ with Peter Marino, President and CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, a non-profit HMO that was founded in 1994 to make sure everyone in the state has access to high-quality, low-cost health care.
In 2000, the Foundation was critical in converting NHPRI into a non-profit, fully Rhode Island-based HMO by providing a $2 million long-term, low-interest loan to NHPRI.
As a Neighborhood partner, we continue to support their innovative efforts to improve and transform our health care system. We were thrilled to have our donors hear first hand from Peter about their work to ensure that access to care and improved health outcomes become more equitable.