The Rhode Island Foundation will be a proactive community and philanthropic leader to meet the needs of the people of Rhode Island.
RIF will lead…by fully leveraging our unique role in the community through the integration of our core enterprises (support for a strong nonprofit sector, proactive philanthropy, and thought-and-action leadership).
RIF will transform…key elements of Rhode Island’s quality of life by seeking short-term progress and long-term impact within, between, and across four strategic initiatives that leverage the full resources of the Foundation, grants in eight targeted sectors, and select special projects.
RIF will inspire…by cultivating philanthropic partners who share the Foundation’s vision for Rhode Island and help us achieve sustainable growth in discretionary, donor directed, and deferred funding.
1. Rhode Island focused
We are of, by, and for Rhode Island. We believe in building on our strengths and making statewide, regional, national, and global connections for Rhode Island. We are a positive voice for Rhode Island.
We are committed to building permanent philanthropic capital for our state. We are excellent stewards of the financial resources and charitable legacies entrusted to us.
We focus on finding long-term solutions over treating immediate symptoms.
We play an important role in seeking and testing new ideas. We seek new partners and new ways of solving problems.
We serve a wonderfully diverse community, and it is our privilege and duty to create equitable opportunities for all. This means eliminating disparities that exist for people of different races, ethnicities, and incomes.
We are more effective by building networks and partnerships, leveraging resources, and working with other sectors. We believe that the community is stronger when everyone participates, and the Foundation can play a role by elevating the conversation and ensuring access.
We know that Rhode Island needs us to maintain a balance between competing tensions:
- Assuming a leadership role and inspiring others to take action
- Being a transformational innovator and an organization responsible for long-term sustainability
- Keeping with an intentional, disciplined plan and inclination to be opportunistic to address emerging needs
- Assessing short-term momentum-building value and systemic longer-term impact
We hold ourselves to the highest standards of performance, value initiative, and reward results.
1. Educational Success
Improve educational outcomes for all public school students.
2. Economic Security
Improve Rhode Island’s environment for economic growth so all Rhode Islanders can prosper.
3. Healthy Lives
Improve access to and quality of primary care for all Rhode Islanders.
4. Inspiring Philanthropy
Increase philanthropy in Rhode Island.
Download our strategic plan, 2014-2018.