KWAOR Foundation, Inc.


Kent Washington Association of REALTORS®, Inc., a Rhode Island non-profit corporation, established an affiliate KWAOR Foundation, Inc., a Rhode Island non-profit corporation and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) by reason of meeting the requirement of 501(c)(3) of the Code.


KWAOR Foundation offers financial support to our community and organizations working to improve the quality of life in Rhode Island.

Our mission is to improve lives and strengthen our community.  The Foundation will work with charities that promote a helping hand attitude, and, along with our Business Partners promote the needs of our community and membership.  The Foundation will support and strengthen the community through charitable donations, volunteer work, education and charitable housing initiatives.


The Foundation, Inc.  is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Code and the raising and receiving of funds to help create more productive and enriched communities by offering financial and other forms of assistance for supporting the enhancement of quality of life, and to assist individuals or entities affected by a personal or natural disaster.  The Foundation has not been formed for the making of any profit, or personal financial gain.  The Foundation shall not endorse, contribute to, work for, or otherwise support (or oppose) a candidate for public office.  The Foundation is organized exclusively  for  purposes consistent with  Section 501(c)(3) of the Code.


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

The KWAOR Foundation presented a $4500 donation to A Wish Come True at the Kent Washington Association of REALTORS
® General Membership Meeting on February 5, 2020. One hundred forty KWAOR Realtor® Members were present at the Radisson Airport Hotel Providence when KWAOR Foundation President Christopher Fascione presented the gift to Make A Wish Director Mary-Kate O’Leary.  The gift will help fund an April trip to DisneyWorld and Universal Studios for the family of Joseph Kroll, whose wish was for “a trip to DisneyWorld”. Funds for the KWAOR Foundation donation were raised from local Realtors® and business partners who attending the Association’s annual holiday party, which benefits a selected charity each year.

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Board of Directors


Chris Fascione, President 2020
BHHS Commonwealth Real Estate
461 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI  02818

Cecelia O’Brien, Vice President 2020-2021
Randall Realtors
4009 Old Post Road
Charlestown, RI  02813

Patricia Lenihan, Secretary/Treasurer 2020-2021
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
527 Main Road
East Greenwich, RI  02818


Peter Izzi, Director 2020-2022
HomeSmart Professionals
501 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI 02886

Mary Shekarchi, Director 2020-2022
Shawomet Realty Company
33 College Hill Road
Warwick, RI 02886

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