Professional Advisors

Personal and professional

Renée A. R. Evangelista's relationship with the Foundation began in 1992 when her family established a fund to memorialize her father. Now Renée, a partner at Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett LLP, refers her philanthropic clients to the Foundation.

A lot of our clients are very philanthropic and they want to give back. The Rhode Island Foundation and our clients are impacting the lives of everyone because they are benefitting the institutions that serve all of us,” states Renée A. R. Evangelista, partner at Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett LLP.

Her relationship with the Foundation began 27 years ago. “My father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 47. He had been the superintendent of the Providence Public Schools, and my mother was committed to making sure his legacy would continue to benefit Providence and the students of the Providence school system. A friend of our family introduced her to the Rhode Island Foundation.,” Renée explains. The family established a fund to memorialize her father, since that time the Dr. Robert F. Roberti Fund has focused on providing educational opportunities for Providence students.

In addition to her personal relationship with the Foundation, Renée also partners with the Foundation professionally, both as a former member of the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council and in coordination with her clients. “Whatever cause our clients want to support…youth programs, hospitals, educational institutions, we work to structure the best way to help. We are there to make sure that they do so in a way that meets all the legal requirements and fulfills their wishes. We will work with the Rhode Island Foundation to make sure that whatever our client is intending to do with his or her funds is carried out in the smartest and most effective fashion.”

"The Rhode Island Foundation and our clients are impacting the lives of everyone because they are benefitting the institutions that serve all of us.”

- Renée A. R. Evangelista