Our 2019 Carter Inspiring Partner Awardees

At our 2019 Annual Meeting, we celebrated our state and honored some of those who are working hard to improve it. "Meet" our 2019 Carter Inspiring Partner Awardees, Tim and Kim Hebert.

What you leave behind

“It’s really about the small things that you do on a day-to-day basis that make the difference. It’s being in a school and talking to that at-risk kid who’s thinking about dropping out of school and convincing him to stay one more day.”

- Tim Hebert who, along with his wife Kim, established the Hebert Family Fund at the Foundation in 2015

The Heberts’ grantmaking, with a focus on education, technology, and innovation, as well as generous support of our Civic Leadership Fund, is well-aligned with Tim’s career path. He is CEO of Trilix, a custom software development firm he founded in 2017, having earlier served as long-time president and CEO of Atrion, an IT services firm.

“I’ve been very fortunate in my career. The businesses I’ve been involved with have done really well, and they’ve grown and prospered. And as I became more successful I wanted to talk about what my legacy would be. I think once you reach a certain age, it’s more about what are you going to leave behind,” Tim explains, adding that the couple recently joined the Foundation's legacy society by including the Hebert Family Fund in their estate plan.

“I don’t need a $5,000 purse. I would rather pay somebody $5,000 to help them get off the street.”

- Kim Hebert

The Heberts, like the Foundation, are committed to improving the lives of Rhode Islanders. “When we started talking with the Rhode Island Foundation and started looking at a donor directed fund, we realized it was everything we wanted to accomplish without the headaches of managing it. The Foundation allows us to make our investments more strategically and to have a stronger impact at the end of the day, which makes the nonprofit industry in our state a lot stronger,” Tim states.

Tim has, through the years, also given generously of his time and expertise. He currently is on the boards of the Tech Collective, Boy Scouts of America-Narragansett Council, and the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, and has mentored youth through Year Up and the Rhode Island Academy of Career Exploration.

Tim and Kim are savvy donors who care about making a positive change in people’s lives now, but their generosity will continue to benefit the people of Rhode Island for generations to come.