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Jean Cohoon
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Murphy Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 3, 2015
“The Foundation provides a very efficient way to handle your philanthropic giving,” believes Raymond F. Murphy, Jr., CPA, a principal with BlumShapiro, who established this donor advised fund.

Brian Moretti Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 2, 2015
“Brian had hundreds of friends, really close friends. In a professional way, he got people on his team and, in a personal way, he was everyone’s best friend,” Michael Moretti says of his late brother, a 2005 graduate and hockey standout at Cranston High School West who died in March 2014 from a cardiomyopathy at age 26.

Dorothy Carol Mitchell Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 1, 2015
Dorothy Mitchell remembers her father as a brilliant man, a gifted music composer who played many instruments, an animal lover, and an experienced sailor, but it was his charitable nature that stands out most in her mind.

Larry Mills Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 31, 2015
“Larry used to say, ‘What kind of legacy am I going to leave? If I had all the money in the world, I’d be a philanthropist,’” recalls Sue Mills of her late husband. “He left a tremendous legacy – the friendships and the work ethic,” Sue continues, and now, Larry’s name will forever be connected to philanthropy.

Terry A. Meyer Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 30, 2015
A former ski instructor, decent kayaker, and master gardener, Terry Meyer wants to spend her days outside not only for recreation, but also to provide a hands-on approach to her philanthropy.

Brian and Kathy MacLean Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 27, 2015
For more than 30 years, Brian and Kathy MacLean have immersed themselves in their local, central Connecticut community. After visiting Rhode Island for many years where they have a second home, The MacLeans want to focus more of their philanthropy toward Rhode Island. (Photo: Stacey Coleman)

Dan Levinson RI Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 26, 2015
“This is a real place with real people. You have to go somewhere else to see all that Providence has to offer. I especially like the entrepreneurial air here,” says Dan Levinson.

Kathryn Johnson Fund and Kathryn Johnson Jazz Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 25, 2015
The late Kathryn Johnson, an independent artist, knew from a very early age what she wanted to do in life: “When I was six years old, I said without hesitation, I wanted to go to Rhode Island School of Design.”

Holocaust Education & Resource Center of Rhode Island H. Alan and Ellie Frank Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 24, 2015
"I want to leave the Center better than I found it, and I think one of my best options for doing that is through the Rhode Island Foundation,” states Executive Director May-Ronny Zeidman.

Alice M. Harkin Nursing Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 23, 2015
“Education was huge to her. That was her mantra: education is everything. She always said that all of her kids were going to college,” Kathy MacLean recalls of her mother, the late Alice Harkin.

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  • Making science come alive Posted last week
    Thanks to our Carter Spark Grant, Narragansett Elementary School students just learned a lot about life around Narragansett Bay. Special education teacher Karen Festa used the grant to bring Save the Bay’s living “Bay Classroom Experience” to school.
  • Roger Williams' ideals come to life in scholarship recipients Posted 3 weeks ago
    The Rhode Island Foundation is sending seven high school seniors off to college with scholarships honoring Roger Williams, the state’s founding father.The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched last year by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Carter fellowships inspire innovation Posted last month
    The recipients will receive $200,000 over four years to test and implement their proposals to dramatically improve life in Rhode Island thanks to the generosity of philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Grants will improve health of RI'ers Posted last month
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted 3 months ago
    We are launching a new grantmaking opportunity, refining our strategic priorities, adopting impact targets and adding new staff positions to support work with partners, donors, nonprofits and community leaders.
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