Private: Carol Golden

Senior Consulting Associate, Community Foundation Practice Area

Carol’s knowledge of the nonprofit landscape and deep understanding of philanthropic decision-making was honed over a 28-year career at the Rhode Island Community Foundation. She led a robust development effort focused on lifetime gifts and planned gifts for current and prospective donors, and served in leadership roles across the Foundation. In 2013, Carol became the organization’s first senior philanthropic advisor, working exclusively on high-level donor stewardship and legacy planning.

An accomplished advisor and mentor, Carol helps develop strategic giving and engagement plans for donors, matching charitable goals to community needs. She leads classes and workshops on lifetime giving, charitable estate planning, and asset development in community foundations, always with an emphasis on philanthropic values and charitable impact.

Carol is a former board member and past President of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning of Rhode Island. In the community foundation field, she was an active member of the Advancement Network, served on the Council on Foundations’ Community Foundation Leadership Team, and was a faculty member for the Community Foundation Fundamentals course.

A Rhode Island native, Carol earned her undergraduate degree from Drew University and her master’s degree from the University of Maryland. In 2010, she was honored as the Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Rhode Island Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


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