Stack to head Champlin Foundation come June

CRANSTON – The next executive director of the Champlin Foundation will be Nina Stack, the nonprofit agency announced Monday.

Stack, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, has led the New Jersey Council of Grant Makers as its president for the past 13 years.

Champlin Foundation Distribution Committee Chairman Kelly Sheridan, said of the announcement in prepared remarks: “We are thrilled to have Nina joining us as our new executive director. … Her breadth of experience and understanding of the best practices in grant making will enable The Champlin Foundation to have an even greater impact in strengthening Rhode Island communities and vital institutions across our state.”

In her time with the New Jersey-based organization, Stack promoted “effective” philanthropy through “networking, advocacy and programming” according to the release.

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“Given my personal passion for strengthening communities through philanthropy and my professional experience leading philanthropic organizations, the opportunity to advance the Champlin Foundation’s mission as executive director is a tremendous honor and privilege,” said Stack in a statement regarding the appointment.

“As someone who has been involved in philanthropy for many years, I have long been aware of the extraordinary contributions of The Champlin Foundation,” she added.

Beginning her duties in June, Stack looks forward to returning to Block Island – a favorite family vacation destination as a child.

Keith H. Lang, the current executive director, will retire on June 30 after 18 years of leadership.

Since its founding in 1932, the Champlin Foundation has awarded more than $569 million in funding to capital projects in Rhode Island in an effort to foster better medical care, improve education, expand access to social services, conserve open spaces, preserve historic buildings, enrich the arts and advance animal welfare.

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