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Keck Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 18, 2019 /   Loading Disqus...

“Being generous was a theme in my parents’ and grandparents’ homes,” Kim Keck recalls. Kim, her husband Phil, and their daughter Laura are continuing that theme through community service and philanthropy, including with this donor advised fund.

Kim grew up in Cumberland and attended school there. “Education and service were prominent in our household. My mom – my hero – was extremely bright and accomplished. My dad was constantly helping out in the community. They had high expectations of my siblings and me, and they instilled in us the belief that we could accomplish anything we set out to do.”

Kim earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Boston College. Very early in her career she joined Aetna as an investment manager and earned an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut. During 28 years with Aetna, she served in many leadership roles before being named president of the company’s northeast region.

Born in Illinois, Phil and his family moved to Rhode Island when Phil was in high school. After graduation, he attended the University of Connecticut before working in regional operations for a retail store. When Laura was born, Phil became a stay-at-home dad. The Keck home became the go-to place for study sessions, movie nights, and chauffeur service for Laura and her friends, whose families remain lifelong friends of the Kecks.

The family moved to Rhode Island in 2016 when Kim was named president and CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. “Community service is in our DNA here,” Kim explains of the company culture. “It’s a principal reason I wanted to lead this great Rhode Island company.”

The same is true for the Keck family. Kim serves on several boards including the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Phil is an active volunteer, and Laura is involved in community service as a student at Boston College.

Kim notes, “I admire the Rhode Island Foundation’s philanthropic focus and its commitment to make Rhode Island better.” Through this new fund, the Keck family tradition of service and giving will live on.

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