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News Release

MAY 2011:
Rhode Island Foundation honors Jim Aukerman

The Rhode Foundation selected James V. Aukerman to receive its 2011 Harold B. Soloveitzik Professional Leadership Award.

The award was established for the beloved Westerly lawyer who exhibited an enduring commitment to philanthropy throughout his career. The award is given annually to a professional advisor who shares this enduring commitment. James V. Aukerman, a Wakefield lawyer and Certified Financial Planner professional was recognized for his long standing relationship with the Foundation and the personal value he places on both practicing and promoting philanthropy in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Foundation was founded in 1916, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, and is the only community foundation serving the state of Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Foundation manages over $500 million in assets and makes grants to over 1000 organizations in the community, totaling about $30 million annually. Its grants focus on the following key sectors:

Education, Health, Arts and Culture, Community and Economic Development, Environmental and Human Services.

Jim Aukerman serves on the Foundation’s Professional Advisor Counsel. He has established a Donor Advised Fund at the Foundation to support in perpetuity programs for youth, the arts, and the environment. He has also included The Rhode Island Foundation in his estate plan.

Jim serves on The Board of Willow Dell Historical Association, Tavern Hall Preservation Society, and South Kingstown Land Trust. He is President of the Council at Narragansett Pier for the Boy Scouts, the Advisory Committee for the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts, and The Professional Advisors Group for South County Hospital. Jim is also a member of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation.

The award was presented at The Rhode Island Foundation’s Annual Meeting on June 1, 2011 at The Rhode Island Convention Center.

James V. Aukerman

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