Children’s Friend receives $35K grant from Citizens Charitable Foundation

FROM LEFT, DAVID CAPRIO, president and CEO of Children’s Friend, poses with Barbara Cottam, chairman of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, and Bruce Van Saun, chairman and CEO of Citizens Bank, at a recent event, where a $35,000 grant was presented from Citizens Charitable Foundation to Children’s Friend. / COURTESY CITIZENS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
FROM LEFT, DAVID CAPRIO, president and CEO of Children’s Friend, poses with Barbara Cottam, chairman of the Citizens Charitable Foundation, and Bruce Van Saun, chairman and CEO of Citizens Bank, at a recent event, where a $35,000 grant was presented from Citizens Charitable Foundation to Children’s Friend. / COURTESY CITIZENS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

PROVIDENCE – In a mid-December vote, Citizens Bank employees chose to donate $35,000 raised by the company’s employee base to Children’s Friend via the Citizens Charitable Foundation.

“Children’s Friend is grateful for the generosity of Citizens employees and the Citizens Charitable Foundation. We are thrilled that Citizens employees trust our agency to put it to good use for children in need in our community,” said David Caprio, Children’s Friend president and CEO.

Part of a larger $240,000 initiative to fund local nonprofits across the bank’s network, employees believed Children’s Friend aligned with the company’s areas of giving interest: financial literacy, hunger and strengthening communities.

This is one of 15 grants awarded across the bank’s 11-state footprint, which was funded by donations to the foundation made by Citizens colleagues during the annual payroll giving campaign, as well as $200,000 in personal donations pledged by the bank’s executive committee at the end of 2016.

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Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.

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