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Leaving the world a better place
By Jim Sanzi / November 6, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

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 Providence Public Library, where Jim Sanzi, our Vice President of Development, held an ‘open conversation’ with Elisabeth Harrison and Torey Malatia of Rhode Island Public Radio. Harrison serves as the station’s News Director, and Malatia as President, CEO, and General Manager.


RIPR is one of the first organizations to benefit from the Foundation’s new Impact Investing initiative. Our one million dollar bridge loan to RIPR will be used to support the purchase and relocation of the 89.3FM signal, allowing RIPR to expand its potential listening audience.

“We are honored by the Foundation’s confidence in our expansion efforts,” said Malatia, “and look forward to growing our listening audience and continuing to meet the area’s need for quality journalism.”

We are proud to invest in Rhode Island Public Radio’s work, and are grateful that they joined us to hold a candid conversation with our guests about the role of a free press in modern society.

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