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Two new hires join the team
By Chris Barnett / June 20, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced two new hires who will enhance its capacity to work in partnership with donors and grantees to meet the needs of the people of Rhode Island.

Aaron Guckian has been appointed as a development officer, where he 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.

Previously, Guckian was a vice president at BankNewport, an officer with The Washington Trust Company and a special assistant to former Gov. Donald L. Carcieri.

He recently served on the boards of the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and World Trade Day at Bryant University. The East Greenwich resident earned a BA in music and education at Connecticut College, an MA at Rhode Island College and an MBA at Johnson & Wales University.

Keith Tavares has been appointed program officer with the Foundation’s Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence, where he will assist in providing services and programs that enhance the skills and abilities of those working in Rhode Island’s nonprofit organizations.

Most recently, Tavares served as vice president of institutional advancement at Child and Family Services, where he was responsible for fundraising, marketing, public relations, corporate communications and community and government relations.

Previously, he was executive assistant to group executive vice president of human resources at Citizens Financial Group, assistant to the dean of the School of Social Work at Boston University and vice president of Student and Young Alumni Programs at Boston University.

Tavares recently served on the boards of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, the Newport Public Education Foundation and the Newport Partnership for Families. He is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The Newport resident earned a BA in political science at Boston University, where he was a Scarlet Key recipient and a member of the Scarlet Key Society.

Guckian and Tavares join the Foundation as it comes off a record year of grantmaking. In 2016, the Foundation awarded $45 million in grants to more than 1,600 nonprofits. The grants targeted eight key sectors: arts and culture, basic human needs, children and families, education, economic security, environment, health and housing.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2016, the Foundation awarded a record $45 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.
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