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Talking philanthropy with our VP of Development
By Chris Barnett / August 3, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

Our Jim Sanzi has a passion for what he calls the “transformative power of philanthropy.” As Vice President of Development since 2013, he has led our fundraising team in some of its best years ever, including nearly $60 million in 2016. “Every day we’re striving to connect generous donors with the causes they are passionate about,” Jim says. “The process is fun and inspirational and touches on my values.” See what else he has to say about the power of philanthropy in this wide-ranging Q&A with “RI Lawyer’s Weekly.”

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