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Friday Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 27, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...
Joanne and Richard Friday“I come from a long line of very poor people,” says Joanne Friday of her birth and early years in Appalachia. “But my family was very generous. My grandmother had the belief that everything we have is on loan, and she was always helping others. That’s where I learned the joy of giving.”

It’s a joy she and her husband, Richard, intend to continue through this donor advised fund and share with their goddaughters. “We’re very lucky to have what we have and be where we are. There are so many people who do not have a lot and need help,” Richard explains.

Joanne’s life changed dramatically when she was six and her father was transferred to Sharon, PA where the F. H. Buhl family had funded a beautiful park and recreational and cultural facilities for the community. Joanne benefited from and was inspired by their enormous generosity. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design earning a master’s degree in art education. Her career has taken her from teaching to working as a professional sculptor to school counseling. She presently is a Dharma teacher and leads meditation retreats throughout the Northeast.

Richard was born in Minneapolis and grew up outside Philadelphia. “I had an early, deep connection with nature and it was through the environmental movement that I became aware of contributing to causes.”

He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a double major in biology and English before beginning a career with the U.S. Postal Service in Newport. He now is retired.

“Joanne started rubbing off on me about the social causes,” Richard shares with a smile, adding, “I now realize we’re all in this together.”

“We know that it’s our thoughts, words, and deeds that will live on after we’re gone,” Joanne continues, noting, “With the Rhode Island Foundation we found a group of people who also are concerned about the impact we can have on society, support all the things we do, and believe it’s possible to create positive change. Working with the Foundation seemed like the perfect fit for us.”
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