Foundation History

    Since 1932, the Foundation has awarded over $696 million.

    Champlin’s investment in Rhode Island’s nonprofit community for the past nine decades has been almost entirely for capital projects. These investments have enabled better medical care, improved educational outcomes, expanded access to social services, fostered economic impact, conserved open space, preserved historic buildings, cultivated creativity and artistic expression, safeguarded care for animals, and more.

    It all started with Stanton B. Champlin. Champlin was only twelve years old when he ran away from his family farm in South Kingstown, RI. It was 1838, and he moved to Providence and became a jeweler’s apprentice. Years later, he would establish the S.B. Champlin Company with his only son, George Byron Champlin. It would grow beyond jewelry and become an industrial empire that expanded into the manufacturing of aluminum, copper and brass tube, jewelry wire, valves, hand trucks, pipe fittings, and hand pumps.

    George S. Champlin & Father

    Through the leadership of Stanton Champlin, his son George Byron Champlin, and his grandson George Stanton Champlin, this vast conglomerate became a powerful economic engine that employed thousands and helped drive the economy of Rhode Island and the nation.

    While the businesses were retired, the wealth has remained intact in service of Rhode Island, thanks to the creation of the first of the family’s philanthropic foundations in 1932 by the runaway’s grandchildren.

    From the first gift of $50 to Rhode Island Hospital in 1933 to buy eyeglasses for the needy, to the preservation of thousands of acres of open space to the distribution of millions of dollars to support social services.

    We continue to build on this rich tradition today, seeking to work in relationship with Rhode Island’s nonprofits, acting as a convener, a coach, and a facilitator for collective success and engagement. We prioritize listening and learning, especially with those organizations serving marginalized communities. The Champlin story is nearly a century old, yet it continues to evolve in new ways for the betterment of all our Rhode Island communities.

    Distribution Committee

    Members of the Distribution Committee

    When he established the Foundation, George S. Champlin recognized the importance of enlisting the perspective and experience of the community when determining grants. He developed a blueprint to form a committee that would ensure the continued work of the Foundation in perpetuity. Today, The Champlin Foundation Distribution Committee meets throughout the year and works closely with the Executive Staff in its evaluation process. As directed by the founding trust documents, the Committee is made up of eleven members—five appointed by the Committee, three appointed by the Trustee, and one each by the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, the Chief Judge of the United States Federal Court, District of Rhode Island, and the President of Brown University.

    The Trustee of The Champlin Foundation is the PNC Delaware Trust Company. As the Trustee, it brings an extensive array of professional advisors to address all aspects of the management and administration of the Foundation, in compliance with the terms of the governing document and the wishes of the Champlin family. An affiliated entity, Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth serves as the Investment Advisor to the Foundation.

    Dione D. Kenyon Chair
    Judge Edward C. Clifton (ret.) Vice Chair
    Jose R. Polanco, MD Secretary
    Paola Fernandez
    Marie Ghazal
    William F. Hatfield
    John Muggeridge
    Sandra G. Parrillo, CPCU
    Rev. Rebecca Spencer
    Edward B. Wetherill
    Susan F. Lusi, Ph.D.
    Staff

    Members of the Executive Staff

    Laurie Devlin Finance & Operations Manager 401-944-9200 ext. 117 | ldevlin@champlinfoundation.org
    Anthony Faccenda Grants & Education Manager 401-944-9200 ext. 114 afaccenda@champlinfoundation.org
    John Faraone Office Coordinator 401-944-9200 ext. 118 | jfaraone@champlinfoundation.org
    Heather Fraser Grants & Systems Manager 401-944-9200 ext. 115 | hfraser@champlinfoundation.org
    Nina Stack Executive Director 401-944-9200 ext. 111 | nstack@champlinfoundation.org
    Annual Reports

    Reading The Champlin Foundation’s annual reports provides details on the funding within each area of focus on an annual basis, and the Foundation’s work to enable hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island advance their mission and serve the public.

    April 25, 2024

    2023 Annual Report

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    April 6, 2023

    2022 Annual Report

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    March 29, 2022

    2021 Annual Report

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    January 1, 2021

    2020 Annual Report

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    January 1, 2020

    2019 Annual Report

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    2018 Annual Report

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    2017 Annual Report

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    2016 Annual Report

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    2015 Annual Report

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    2014 Annual Report

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