Newsletter Date: March 21
Meeting Date: March 16
Reporter: Erica Busillo Adams
(read by Walter Cotter)
“The spring equinox on March 20 marks the first day of spring, signaling renewal and new beginnings. We are coming out of a time of despair and moving into a time of sunshine and hope. Don’s wife is receiving her first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, and Don will receive his second shot. As philosopher Robin Williams once said, ‘Spring is nature’s way of saying, let’s party!’”
Walter Cotter is looking for more inspiration volunteers! Please contact him at
Next week’s meeting features Manton Avenue Project Executive Director, Meg Sullivan.
Margaret Kane: $5 happy bucks because spring is here and the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train!
Paul Segal: $30 happy bucks for his 30th year in Rotary!
Jim Gilcreast: $10 happy bucks for St. Patrick’s Day (complete with several Irish stories)! Bill Sweeney used to do this every St. Patrick’s Day.
Anthony Hollingshead: $2 happy bucks for Wendy Marcus and Jeff FitzGerald, for attending today’s meeting in their vehicles. If they can do it, anyone can!
Sharon Garland: $1 happy buck to welcome Kim Dumpson as today’s speaker!
Wendy Marcus: $5 happy bucks for coming back safely to Rhode Island from South Carolina.
Mary Brewster: $5 happy bucks to welcome Kim Dumpson and for her second vaccine shot today!
Bryan Cook: $5 happy bucks for his Ohio State Buckeyes, who beat Michigan!
--Kimberly Conway Dumpson
Kimberly – proud member of Providence Rotary! - presented on what every donor should think about when they want to make impactful charitable gifts.
To start, Kimberly asked members to consider: “What values are important to me? What causes do I believe in? What do I want to achieve with my contribution?”
So, what should you ask your favorite charity? Kimberly gave these three suggestions:
What can I give? It’s not just treasure! You can also give of your time (volunteerism) and your talent (pro-bono services related to a particular skill or expertise)!
When can you give? It’s not just immediately! You can give over time (pledges over a period of years for a certain purpose) or later (planned / deferred gifts, like bequests, in perpetuity, etc…).
How can you give? There are so many options here!: in person (ex. religious contributions), by mail, online, via payroll deduction, matching gifts, IRA rollovers, etc…
And what should you ask the gift officers at charities you’re thinking of supporting? A few great suggestions from Kimberly:
  • “What is the scope of the issue / problem/ need? What are the priorities of the organization?
  • Are there others who are already meeting the need (opportunities for collaboration, to avoid duplication of effort)?
  • Where can I do the most good? What type of gift will be the most impactful (immediate needs or long-term needs)?
  • What level of ongoing engagement can I have?
  • How can I be assured that my donation will go towards the cause / purpose that I identified (gift agreements)?
  • What reports will I receive on the impact of my gift?”
The key takeaway for members is that being a well-informed and prepared donor can create the greatest impact for the causes that you care most about and “set the stage” for a truly fulfilling relationship between you and your favorite charity!
Upcoming Speakers
Mar 23, 2021
Happenings at Manton Avenue Project during Covid-19 and beyond
Apr 06, 2021
FBI's Mission focus, the eye being back on inward focus and community focus
Apr 13, 2021
Past, Present and Future of Rotary Interact and RYLA
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Executives & Directors
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2nd Vice President
Assistant Treasurer
Rotary Foundation
Executive Administrator
Director to 2021
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