KWAOR Foundation, Inc.


The Kent Washington Association of REALTORS®, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Rhode Island, established an affiliated entity known as the KWAOR Foundation, Inc., also a Rhode Island non-profit corporation. This foundation has obtained tax-exempt status under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, meeting the prerequisites outlined in section 501(c)(3) of the Code.

The Foundation operates in tandem with the Kent Washington Association of REALTORS® staff, sharing both office space and personnel resources.

To make a gift, mail checks payable to KWAOR Foundation Inc. to KWAOR Foundation, 2240 South County Trail, Suite 3, East Greenwich, RI 02818 or call bookkeeper Lisa Ferretti to give via credit card.

Questions? Want to get more involved? Contact KWAOR CEO Linda Arcouette at 401-885-9300 or email with questions.


The KWAOR Foundation is dedicated to providing vital financial assistance to both our local community and organizations striving to enhance the quality of life throughout Rhode Island.

Our core mission revolves around uplifting lives and fortifying the bonds within our community. The Foundation actively collaborates with charitable institutions that embody a compassionate ethos, and in conjunction with our valued Business Partners, we advocate for the betterment of our community and its members. Through the channels of charitable contributions, volunteer engagement, educational endeavors, and initiatives focused on providing affordable housing, the Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to bolstering and nurturing our community.


The KWAOR Foundation, Inc. operates with an exclusive focus on charitable and educational objectives. This includes the allocation of resources to organizations meeting the criteria for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code. Our primary aim is to generate and gather funds to foster the development of more prosperous and enriched communities. Through financial and various other forms of aid, we actively support endeavors that elevate the overall quality of life and extend assistance to individuals or entities affected by personal or natural crises.

It is essential to underline that the Foundation’s establishment is driven purely by a commitment to public welfare, devoid of any profit-seeking motives or personal financial interests. Additionally, the Foundation firmly abstains from endorsing, contributing to, working for, or otherwise endorsing (or opposing) any candidate for public office. Our operational framework adheres strictly to the guidelines stipulated in Section 501(c)(3) of the Code, ensuring alignment with our designated purposes.

KWAOR Foundation Board of Directors

Peter Izzi, 2024 President (2023 -2025)
HomeSmart Professionals
501 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI 02886

Reena Gleason, 2024 Vice President (2023 – 2025)
RE/MAX Advantage Group
652 East Ave
Warwick, RI 02886

Mary Shekarchi, 2024 Sec/Treasurer (2023 -2024)
Shawomet Realty Company
51 Jefferson Blvd, Suite #4
Warwick, RI 02888

Danielle Dantas, Director (2023-2025)
RI Real Estate Services
6454 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI  02852
Alyce Kleczek, Director (2023-2025)
Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty
20 Narragansett Ave. #909
Narragansett, RI  02882
Francis “Frank” Sullivan, Director (2022-2024)
Caldwell Realty, LLC
6500 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI  02852-1869
Pictured above: Left to Right: Reena Gleason, Secretary/Treasurer of the KWAOR Foundation; award recipient Parker Harrison from Narragansett High School; Shannon Krasnowiecki, Chair of the Association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee; and award recipient Tianna-Lee Keovongvichit from West Warwick High School.

 The KWAOR Foundation, the charitable arm of the Kent Washington Association of REALTORS® proudly announces that Tianna-Lee Keovongvichit from West Warwick High School and Parker Harrison from Narragansett High School have been honored as the recipients of the organization’s very first Scholarship Award. In recognition of their exceptional achievements, each student has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Pictured above: Left to Right: KWAOR President Crystal D’Agostino, A Wish Come True Executive Director Mary-Kate O’Leary, Nancy (our wish child’s mother), KWAOR Programs Committee member Ron Volpe and KWAOR Foundation Director Reena Gleason.

KWAOR would like to thank all the members who attended our 2023 General Membership Meeting. These meetings are important to our success and an excellent opportunity to share information important to REALTORS®. We engaged in discussions about the market, RPAC and presented our donation to Make a Wish for $3,500. Please see our Facebook page for more photos and videos of the fun.

Pictured above:
Left – Peter Izzi, KWAOR Foundation Director and Carol Donnelly, Development & Communications Manager for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
Right – Peter Izzi, KWAOR Foundation Director and Colin Penney, Executive Director, South County Habitat for Humanity

On behalf of the KWAOR Foundation Inc., Thank You to all who attended our KWAOR 2022 President’s Charity Fundraiser on August 4th at Yawgoo Bakes and Barbecues. The event was made possible through the generous support and backing of our sponsors. With their donations and yours, we raised a total of $9,000 – which was split equally between the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation and South County Habitat for Humanity. We are honored to support these non-profits.

News and Charities


Check out KWAOR’s great donors here and thank them if you see them out and about!

With their help we met our goal and helped the April 1st statewide 401Gives campaign to raise $2.2M for 422 RI nonprofits.


KWAOR’s 2020 President’s Charity fundraising was augmented by an additional gift from the KWAOR Foundation, enabling grants of $1500 each to be distributed to Foster Forward and South County Habitat for Humanity.
Pictured above at our delivery of the check and some pajamas to Foster Forward’s office in East Providence on December 1st:
Left – Crystal D’Agostino, KWAOR Board Vice President
Center – Foster Forward Executive Director Lisa Guillette
Right – Mary Coutu, KWAOR 2020 Board President.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle and to the Foundation Board for their thoughtfulness!

The KWAOR Foundation distributed six gifts of $500 each to the following organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Funds for the KWAOR Foundation donation were raised from local Realtors® and business partners.  Read on to see the impact of these contributions.

“This gift will help families coping with cancer with urgent needs, such as housing, groceries and medicine.”
– Lucy’s Love Bus
“Your gift has allowed us to significantly ramp up our food purchases to meet the needs of children home from school, seniors staying put, and workers who have lost their jobs. This very generous gift…is making a big difference.”
Jonnycake Center
“As a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are distributing 40% more food now than we were at this time last year… Your support ensures that we can continue to acquire and distribute food through our statewide network of agencies so no Rhode Islander has to go hungry.”
RI Community Food Bank
“The contribution you made helped us feed over 13,000 Rhode Islanders experiencing food insecurity during this unprecedented time. We could not have done this work without you!”
RI Pride
“Your crucial show of support for our clinicians and caregivers, some of whom have been working virtually non-stop since the novel coronavirus disease was declared a national health emergency on March 13, is truly appreciated. You are helping to keep our hospital well-resources and our staff morale high.”
Westerly Hospital Foundation
“Our meal site, Anita’s Kitchen is busier than ever with over 35,000 meals served to low income individuals in the last year alone… Your support helps us provide a warm welcome; a warm, safe place to stay; and a warm meal.”
Westerly Warm Center

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