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Women & Infants Development Foundation

One of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns, Women & Infants Hospital is proudly built on a foundation of philanthropy that spans generations

The Women & Infants Development Foundation supports the exceptional services delivered each day at the hospital. Thanks to the generosity of friends and grateful families, Women & Infants provides technologically advanced care with thoughtful compassion. As the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for activities unique to women and newborns, the hospital also advances innovative research and trains the next generation of physician and biomedical scientists.  

Women & Infants delivers over 75 percent of the babies born in Rhode Island and serves eastern Connecticut and Southeastern Massachusetts as well. A Designated Baby-Friendly USA® Hospital, Women & Infants is home to the nation’s only day program for mothers with post-partum depression and their babies , as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine. 

As New England’s largest and most comprehensive center for women’s cancers, Women & Infants Hospital’s Program in Women’s Oncology was the first to combine state-of-the-art oncology care with integrative therapies including therapeutic massage, acupuncture, meditation, and reflexology. The Program includes innovative research initiatives and gives patients access to the latest clinical trials.  

Contact Information:

Jack Dresser
Chief Philanthropy Officer
P: (401) 921-8519
E: jdresser@carene.org

Ivan Colon
Philanthropy Officer, Annual Giving
P: (401) 921-8509
E: icolon@carene.org

Philanthropy
300 Richmond Street
Providence, RI 02903
P: (401) 921-8526
F: (401) 453-7583
E: philanthropy@wihri.org

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Ways To Give

Online Giving

To make a donation by check, please make it payable to Women & Infants Development Foundation and mail to: Women & Infants Development Foundation 101 Dudley Street Providence, RI, 02905.

Your gift to the Fund for Women & Infants will benefit one of the premier health care facilities for women in the country. Monies raised are earmarked primarily for patient program needs, for research, and for general support of the hospital. To make a donation by check, please make it payable to Women & Infants Development Foundation and mail to: Women & Infants Development Foundation, Philanthropy, 300 Richmond Street, Providence, RI 02903.

You also may direct your gift toward a specific hospital program, department, or fund. Follow the link below for a list of most frequently designated funds or contact the Development Foundation.

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Planned Giving

Generosity comes in many forms, and it's often the best way for you to support important causes that matter the most to you.

There are a number of gift options available to you, including:

  • Cash
  • Appreciated Securities
  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Life Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Tangible Personal Property

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Gifts of Stock

Gifts of securities may be wired directly to the Care New England account at Merrill Lynch. Your investment manager or broker should contact Wendy Johnson at Merrill Lynch: (877) 343-1992 or (401) 278-7018, or email Wendy_Johnson@ml.com.

When initiating the gift, please provide the following information:

  • Donor name.
  • Indicate that the gift is for Women & Infants Hospital.

Transfer securities to:

Merrill Lynch, DTC #8862
Care New England Health System
Account Number: 6QV-02323

In addition, please call Elizabeth Zima, Interim Chief Philanthropy Officer at (401) 681-2855 to let her know to expect your gift.

Honor and Memorial Gifts

You can make a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one, physician, caregiver, nurse, colleague, or friend. It is a very special way to support Women & Infants that recognizes a special relationship or care that you received.

When you make a gift in honor or memory of someone, we will notify the individual or family member of your generous act of gratitude or remembrance.

Matching Gifts

You have the opportunity to increase your gift to Women & Infants! Many companies will match charitable contributions made by their employees; some companies extend this privilege to retirees as well.

Check to see if you or your spouse’s company has a gift matching program

Special Funds

The Constance A. Howes Women’s Health Innovation Research Fund. The Fund provides grants for research projects that have the potential for significant impact in the field of women’s health.

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Thank You!

Happy multi-generation family using digital tablet in living room at homeThe COVID-19 crisis has shone a light on the importance of health care: both the necessity of maintaining our own good health and how much we rely on the invaluable resource of our healthcare facilities. No resource has stood out so much as those on the frontline and those who support them behind the scenes – the nurses, physicians, technicians, and all those who work tirelessly to provide compassionate care for those who are ill and comfort to their loved ones.

While the pandemic has created an astounding need, the community has responded with contributions that total more than $1 million! Thank you!

There are countless examples of generosity. Donated funds supported telemedicine access for the mental health and substance use disorders that are exacerbated by the stress and isolation of the pandemic. Care New England staff whose families have been struggling financially have received community support through the Employee Relief Fund. A donated iPad allowed a mom to see her newborn during their isolation due to infection concerns. Thousands of meals and tens of thousands of masks were donated to our staff, and the financial donations, large and small, came from the heart and were put to immediate use.

Thank you from the Care New England Health System, which includes Butler Hospital, the Care New England Medical Group, Integra, Kent Hospital, The Providence Center, the VNA of Care New England, and Women & Infants Hospital.

Leave Your Mark With a Donation

Generosity comes in many forms, and it's often the best way for you to support important causes that matter the most to you in your life. When you give to Women & Infants Hospital, you help us make a difference.

Start here by learning the different gift options available to you. We will work with you to find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and support Women & Infants Hospital.

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Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes. 

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities. 

III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements. 

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given. 

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition. 

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law. 

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature. 

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors. 

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share. 

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Principles of the eDonor Bill of Rights

The eDonor Bill of Rights is intended to complement the original document and provide further and more detailed guidance for the new world of online giving.

In addition to the rights outlined in the Donor Bill of Rights, online donors should demand the following of their online solicitors:

  • To be clearly and immediately informed of the organization's name, identity, nonprofit or for-profit status, its mission, and purpose when first accessing the organization's website.
  • To have easy and clear access to alternative contact information other than through the website or email.
  • To be assured that all third-party logos, trademarks, trustmarks and other identifying, sponsoring, and/or endorsing symbols displayed on the website are accurate, justified, up-to-date, and clearly explained.
  • To be informed of whether or not a contribution entitles the donor to a tax deduction, and of all limits on such deduction based on applicable laws.
  • To be assured that all online transactions and contributions occur through a safe, private, and secure system that protects the donor's personal information.
  • To be clearly informed if a contribution goes directly to the intended charity, or is held by or transferred through a third party.
  • To have easy and clear access to an organization's privacy policy posted on its website and be clearly and unambiguously informed about what information an organization is gathering about the donor and how that information will be used.
  • To be clearly informed of opportunities to opt out of data lists that are sold, shared, rented, or transferred to other organizations.
  • To not receive unsolicited communications or solicitations unless the donor has "opted in" to receive such materials.

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The Art of Giving

When Emily and Matt Bucci moved to Rhode Island just months before the birth of their first child, they took the opportunity to tour Women & Infants. Impressed by the premier facility, the couple was equally taken with the art on its walls. 

Women & Infants’ art collection, curated by Diana L. Johnson, boasts a broad range of art in a variety of media, from paintings to prints, photographs to sculpture. Most were gifts, although some have been purchased for a specific purpose. After Emily gave birth to their son, Teddy, at the hospital, the couple decided they would like to add to the collection.

“The staff took such wonderful care of all of us, from the delivery to the follow-up after,” Emily said. “We thought an art donation would be a good way to express our gratitude for the kindness we were shown.”

Emily grew up in a family of art lovers. Her grandparents and parents are longtime supporters of the arts, and Emily has continued the tradition. The family has supported a variety of institutions and non-profits throughout the years, including organizations that have had a meaningful impact on the family.  

Over the years, Emily has acquired some pieces of her family’s collection that hold special meaning to her. One artist in particular, Harold Zachariah Krisel, is a mid-century American artist whose work has been part of numerous public and private collections, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum and New York Public Library. Krisel’s style is best-described as geometric abstraction.  

“The colors and patterns are especially fitting for children,” Emily said. “When we donated the prints, our son was about three months old, and we could see his eyes light up with excitement when he saw the works. We’re hoping the pieces have a similar effect in opening the worlds of other children.”  

The prints are hung around the hospital’s campus, in sites such as the Murray Family Infusion Center and the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk. 

“Everyone at Women & Infants, whether a patient or guest, is there for a different reason and experiences unique emotions,” Emily said. “Regardless of their circumstances, my hope is that these works can provide some measure of hope, happiness and inspiration for all who see them.”