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Jean Cohoon
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Warren Land Conservation Trust Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 14, 2017
"We’re eager to make our properties accessible to the public and are committed to developing trails on amenable land." - Mike Gerhardt, WLCT President

Barrington Congregational Church Flex Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 7, 2017
“We’re looking ahead to how we can better serve the community." - Dick McWhirter, chair of the church’s finance ministry team

Foster Community Libraries Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 28, 2017
The buildings that house the two libraries in the Town of Foster, the Foster Public Library and the Tyler Free Library, both were once one-room schoolhouses. From the outside, they are quaint and historic.

Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 21, 2017
"It makes me feel good knowing that my daughter’s life already has impacted hundreds of children and families, and that Gabby’s legacy will continue through these two endowed funds.” - Louise Dinsmore says of the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund and Gabrielle Dinsmore Fund in Support of the Pediatric Heart Center at Hasbro Children's Hospital

Scott F. Viera Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 1, 2017
“Whatever he involved himself with, he was totally passionate about it. And wrestling was his passion, with sports being a prominent part of his life,” Kelli Viera says of her late husband, Scott, who died in 2008 at the age of 44.

New Urban Arts Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 25, 2017
“This endowment signals that we see ourselves as a permanent institution... (and) as essential to the health and vitality of Rhode Island." - Daniel Schleifer, executive director

Warren Heritage Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 16, 2017
The Warren Heritage Foundation awards matching grants up to $5,000 to nonprofits and fraternal organizations that support its mission “to protect, restore, and maintain buildings, structures, sites, and open space possessing historical and architectural significance in the Town of Warren.”

John Richard Duhamel Fund for Animals
By Jean Cohoon / September 21, 2017
“There are so many animals out there that need homes. You can’t save them all, but I want to do what I can to make an animal’s life better.” - John Duhamel

Alice Hall Allen, Class of 1935 Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 13, 2017
This fund will provide graduates of Cranston High School East with an experience its namesake never had, the opportunity to attain a baccalaureate or advanced degree.

Joanne Fitts Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 7, 2017
“She was passionate about sports of all kinds and often said that all of life’s important lessons could be taught in sports: teamwork, respect, self-discipline, leadership, perseverance, and how to win and lose gracefully." - Pat Burbank

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