About James D Rielly Foundation

Our Mission

In honor of his kindness and charitable works, the James D. Rielly Foundation was established in his name to preserve his legacy and provide charitable and emotional support to the children and the families of military, law enforcement, and first responders hindered by economic status, physical or mental challenges.


“Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad? Made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed.”


Who We Are

Founded in 2017 by Michael Rielly, the James D. Rielly Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer corporation, funded entirely by public support and organized exclusively for charitable purposes.

The staff and board of the foundation enjoy being a part of the community and often become directly involved with recipient organizations to better support and promote their efforts.

The James D. Rielly Foundation believes in giving back to the community. We believe helping those in need will inspire others to do the same and in turn, improve the quality of life for all. While efforts are focused within Rhode Island and Southern New England, the board is willing to consider requests from outside of the targeted geographical region.

James D. Rielly Foundation granting Christmas wishes

What We Do

Our goal is to bring a magical holiday experience -- any time of the year -- to those in need.
Santa Claus and Rhode Island First Responders delivering gifts to those in need.

Who We Helped

Though the generous support of our donors, the James D. Rielly Foundation has been able to help numerous families throughout our community. Here are just
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