Dexter Donation Fund

Established in 1824 under the will of Ebenezer Knight Dexter, the Donation Fund supplies grants exceeding $2,000 to nonprofits working to ameliorate the conditions of the poor and improve the lives of Providence’s disadvantaged residents, through healthcare, housing, and capital improvement programs .  In 2011, the fund awarded $2,500 to organizations, such as Children’s Friend, that provide family support centers and rental assistance to unemployed parents.  The sale of Mr. Dexter’s 39-acre farm to Brown University for over one million dollars continues to fund the trust 179 years after its original establishment.

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