Centennial Gift: A $10 Million Campaign to Restore and Preserve Roger Williams Park
In honor of our centennial, we are leading a $10 million campaign to preserve and enhance one of Rhode Island’s most treasured spaces, Roger Williams Park.
Comprised of over 435 beautiful acres, offering a range of recreational and educational opportunities, representing Rhode Island's rich history and the diversity of our people, the People's Park has attracted generation after generation of Rhode Islanders for over 100 years. There is great opportunity at Roger Williams Park to expand programming, improve infrastructure, and steward the Park for generations to come.
Learn more about the park and the campaign
Centennial Community Grants Program
We are celebrating our Centennial by funding projects that will bring life to Rhode Island's remarkable communities. We have awarded $500,000 in grants to fund community-building activities in every city and town.
Grants up to $15,000 were granted to nonprofit organizations, municipal governments, and community agencies to fund efforts that will build bikes lanes, design walking tours, plant community gardens, install historical markers and monuments, and more. All the work that is being funded is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Check out the map to learn more about individual projects in your community.
We are so pleased to introduce Community Contributions, a new series of guest posts by Rhode Island leaders, thinkers, and doers responding to this prompt: This is what's next
Two beliefs generated this series:
The best conversations are sparked when people connect on the level of ideas and values. Every day, we meet smart, courageous Rhode Islanders who share a deep commitment to our community, made manifest in thousands of different ways that are inspiring and important.
- The Foundation’s centennial commemoration is as much – perhaps even more so – about looking forward as it is about celebrating the past. With you, we are eager to shape our next century and Rhode Island’s.
Guest bloggers were asked to reflect on their personal and professional experience, perspective, and aspirations for what challenges are, could be, or must be next for our community. They may direct their remarks toward Rhode Island, a specific issue area or community, or the Foundation.
If this series provokes a new idea or connection for you, we’ll consider it a success! Please join the conversation on social media using #RIF100.
Ken Wagner, Ph.D., Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
hat happens next in our schools will entail the integration of the academic skills and the so-called soft skills: social and emotional skills, creativity, questioning, analysis and synthesis, problem-solving, teamwork, persistence through frustration and difficulty entrepreneurial skills – the skills that will prepare students to succeed in the workforce, to be global citizens, and just to be good and honorable people." View
Scott Wolf, Executive Director, Grow Smart RI
hat I hope is next for Rhode Island is that we stop reflexively beating ourselves up, continue discovering our many assets, invest prudently in them, celebrate our growing diversity rather than panic about it, and generally begin a period of steady, sustainable and equitable economic growth." View
Joan Dwyer, Creator and Director of All That Matters
et’s lead the United States as the first of fifty to unite around raising the bar on our individual and collective vitality—today and for our future." View
Alec Beckett, Creative Director, NAIL
hat’s next? We are next." View