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Rhode Island Foundation adds pair to Development team
By Chris Barnett / October 3, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Foundation has named Michele Berard as Senior Development Officer and Tim Groves as Development Officer. They will be responsible for inspiring philanthropy with new prospects and current donors by providing charitable planning advice and offering high-level relationship management and customer service.

“Michele and Tim bring the exceptional professional experience, collaborative spirit and strong commitment to Rhode Island that will make them great contributors to our work helping donors realize their dreams,” said Jim Sanzi, the Foundation’s vice president of development. “With these additions, the Foundation is making an even bigger commitment to our donors and philanthropy in Rhode Island.”

Previously, Berard founded Ascent Advisors, a philanthropic consultancy; and was executive director of the Butler Hospital Foundation. The North Providence resident is currently president of the R.I. chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She earned a BS in marketing at Rhode Island College and an MBA at Bryant University and earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation from the CFRE International.

Previously, Groves was an attorney at Barton Gilman LLC and co-founder and vice president at Schoolyard Inc. The Providence resident earned a BA at Colby College, an MA at Middlebury College and a JD at Roger Williams University.

Berard and Groves join the Foundation as it comes off its third-best fundraising year ever in 2013, reporting $43.7 million in new gifts from generous individual, organizational and corporate donors, up from $38.5 million in 2012.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2013, the Foundation made grants of more than $31 million to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit www.rifoundation.org.

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