For #RIGivesDay, Invest in the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island

Rhode Island is celebrating its first annual giving day. Who will you give to?

Yes, it’s today. Yes, it’s now. Today is Rhode Island’s first statewide giving day, and an opportunity to support your favorite community causes. More than 90 organizations in Rhode Island are participating in this new philanthropy event.

Here is a note from Kelly Nevins, Executive Director of Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, discussing  why today is a great day to support WFRI.

Hello Kiersten,
Engaging Men as Allies; Women Fighting All Forms of Discrimination; Negotiation Skills Workshops; Gender Equity in the Workplace and in Sports; Public hearings on reproductive health/freedom, fair pay and increased minimum wages... these are the issues and activities that the Women's Fund of Rhode Island (WFRI) has tackled in the first half of 2018, through the support of volunteers and donors like you.

What will WFRI do for the next half of 2018? Let's start by celebrating Rhode Island Gives Day together! Join us today with a gift of any size to ride the wave of philanthropy and advance gender equity in Rhode Island. Make your RI Gives Day Gift here or contact us at 401-262-5657.

Your gift today will advance gender equity by funding research on the Status of Working Women of Color in RI, support policy and advocacy through programs like our upcoming Gubernatorial Forum, and fund grants that level the playing field for women and girls. Your dollars will also be used to support additional salary negotiation workshops, address intersectionality in feminism and ignite the fire of young women interested in advocacy. 

In other exciting news from WFRI, the women’s fund has also appointed four new board members. From the press release:


Women’s Fund of Rhode Island Selects New Board Members

Providence, R.I. – The Women’s Fund of RI (WFRI) is pleased to announce four new board members who have been elected for a three-year term. “We are thrilled to have such dynamic individuals lend their insights and enthusiasm for women’s equity to our board,” said Kelly Nevins, Executive Director.  These new members have already been involved with the organization by serving on volunteer committees.  The new board members include Christina Castle, Kelly Kincaid, Meredith Renner and Sandra Victorino.

Christina Castle is a resident of Providence and currently serves on both the Marketing/Communications and Grant Review Committees at WFRI. Castle is a Community Relations Specialist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island since 2016. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. “It has been a great pleasure working with WFRI on its grants review team and I’m excited to take on this new leadership role in advancing gender equity,” said Castle.

Kelly Kincaid is a resident of Cumberland, RI, and has been a Litigation Associate at Adler Pollock & Sheehan since 2017.  Kincaid is a graduate of Providence College and obtained her law degree from Suffulk University Law School in 2005. Kincaid is a new member of WFRI’s Policy & Advocacy Committee.  “I accepted the role on the board with great excitement and look forward to contributing in as many ways as I can,” said Kincaid.

Meredith Renner is a resident of Barrington, RI, and holds the position of Senior Counsel at Locke Lord LLP since 2016. She is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross and received her Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Syracuse University College of Law. Renner also serves on WFRI’s grant review team. “It is important to identify and address the barriers that keep women and girls from being as successful as they can be,” said Renner.

Sandra Victorino is a resident of Providence, RI, and is a new Policy & Advocacy Committee member. She serves as the Associate Director of Behavioral Outpatient Services and Latino Intensive Outpatient Program  at  The Providence Center since 2015. Victorino has both a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. “In particular, I am interested   in the intersectionality of feminism and ensuring all women, regardless of race, class, religion and other backgrounds, are able to  have their needs met in our community. I look forward to working with WFRI,” said Victorino.

Kiersten Marek

Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work in Cranston, Rhode Island, and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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