For her, there’s no time like the present to help

Deborah DeBare’s donor-advised fund acts as a tool for change

After the outrage and aftermath of the murder of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer, Deborah DeBare was “grateful that I could immediately tap into my fund and help.”

The donor-advised DeBare Family Fund was established by DeBare, a community-service-driven-lifelong-social-justice advocate, in 2019 and is managed by the Foundation.

DeBare’s vision was to be able to give small grants to social justice organizations every year. For such organizations and other nonprofits, having unrestricted funds are rare and essential.

“These needs are going to exist well after I am gone,” said DeBare, senior deputy director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, a national membership organization of state and territorial domestic violence coalitions.

Prior to her current role, she served as the executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence for more than 22 years. Before that, she was executive director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County and worked as a policy specialist at the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health.

DeBare continued, “The fund seemed like a great next step for me and I didn’t want to wait until my 80’s to establish it.”

The Foundation allows DeBare to not have to worry about making good or bad investment decisions, “The fund has risen so much. Which is great, because I want this to be around for years to come.”

It is her hope that her daughter, Mariana, continues in her footsteps, and she already helps DeBare with selecting recipients. They have included small, community-based organizations where “$250 can be precious to them,” said DeBare.

Added DeBare, “I worked my whole life for social justice, and it is an honor to keep doing my part.”