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Richard J. Gladney Charitable Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 22, 2019 /   Loading Disqus...

"Life is short. Who we are and what we do to help others is important. We should try to do as many good things as we can," Richard Gladney shared with us when we talked in 2005. Rick died in 2018 at the age of 63, but had put his philosophy into practice for many years through extensive volunteering and financial support of direct service organizations.

Born in Minnesota, Rick lived in Barrington for the past 54 years. He attended Barrington Public Schools, followed by the University of Rhode Island where he majored in elementary education and economics, graduating in 1976. It was while he was at URI that he met his future wife, Karen Ferri, who grew up in Warwick.

Following college, Gladney worked at Amica for two years before entering the brokerage business, first with Kidder Peabody, followed by Morgan Stanley, and later Wells Fargo Advisors (formerly Wachovia Securities) where he was senior vice president-investment officer of the Gladney Consulting Group. 

Rick told us he liked the flexibility of his job - flexibility that allowed him to volunteer weekly at City Meal Site. Of his "waiter role" at the soup kitchen, he said, "I get a kick out of it. It's very rewarding. I love being involved where you can really help somebody."

He also was active with the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Rhode Island for more than 20 years, served as chair of the Rhode Island Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council, was an ambassador of the United Way of Rhode Island, and in 2005 was named a Community Hero by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

"My mother is really where I learned philanthropy," he related. "My mother was always helping all types of people - the sick and elderly. She did a lot and instilled that in us [her children]." It’s a value he passed on to his children, Kristin, Kyle, and Eric.

"You give what you can. It's very rewarding to give," he noted. It’s a legacy that will be carried on by Karen and their children through this donor advised fund.

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