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Bhikhaji Maneckji Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
Bhikhaji Maneckji is a familiar face at the Foundation, with his involvement spanning more than a decade. An early supporter of Equity Action, he established a fund in 2010 to honor long-time friends Ginny and Tom Soutter and more recently supported the Foundation’s Civic Leadership Fund. A member of the 1916 Society, Bhikhaji – known widely simply as B – has added this donor advised fund to his repertoire.

Of the timing of this fund, B explains, “I’ve been giving a reasonable amount of money through the Foundation for some time and, once you got to know me, you’ve been steering me toward things I’m really interested in.”

As an example, he talks excitedly about a reception the Foundation hosted for Venture For America. “That one hit a sweet spot, and I’m really excited about the organization. I buy into the concept that America has to survive on its brains which means start-up companies,” he states, adding, “And the kids are exciting.”

Born and raised in Bombay, India, B came to the States in 1966 to attend the University of Washington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in three years and an MBA in one additional year before coming East for law school at George Washington University.

Although a good student, B says, “All I wanted to do was get through and get my law degree. Working after law school is where you get your real education.”

Through connections his father had, B started his legal career at Textron in Providence. It is where, he says, “I learned to be a good lawyer.” During his 27-year tenure, he was involved in more than 150 acquisitions and dispositions. He retired in 2000 as vice president and general counsel of Textron’s Fasteners Group.

Today, he divides his time between his home in Providence, “the farm” in Berkley, MA, and his native India. He remains committed to Dorcas Place (where he served on the board and was the donor of the Virginia and Thomas Soutter Fund for Dorcas Place), to Venture For America, and “to anything where my money helps people, especially that helps people to advance.”
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