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The Gift of a Lifetime


Bettie Washington, who died in 2015 at the age of 96 years old, is remembered as a kind and caring person. She enjoyed entertainment and was always very fashionable.

We will also always remember her for her generous gift which will insure that programs for Rhode Islanders living with vision loss will continue for many years.

Bettie attended Providence public schools and graduated from Technical High. She was employed throughout her adult life and retired as a psychiatric attendant at Butler Hospital. She was married to Woodrow Washington who was a retired United States serviceman and predeceased Bettie. They had no children.

In her will, Bettie instructed the trustee of her estate to distribute the majority of her assets to Congdon Street Baptist Church and INSIGHT. Each charity has subsequently received $156,000 to be used to support their respective missions.

Being visually impaired herself, it meant a lot to Bettie that she would be able to support programs and services for others who face the same challenges she had with vision loss. Her attorney says, "Sometimes when people make estate plans they go back and forth about which charities they might want to support in their will and they may revise their choices several times over a period of years, but Bettie never waivered in her decision. This is where she wanted her money to go. It was very important to her."

Like all bequests that INSIGHT receives, Bettie's very generous gift will be invested in our unrestriced investment account. While not an endowment, the INSIGHT Board treats funds in this account like one, making only modest withdrawals (5%) each year to pay for programs for people living with vision loss, while also protecting and growing the remaining funds to insure that they will exist in perpetuity to support those programs and services for many years to come. In 2018 the overall investment account will provide more than $250,000 to support our work thanks to the generosity of dozens of individuals who have made bequests to INSIGHT over the past eighty years.

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