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Our Centennial

In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of our founding. We are proud to be Rhode Island’s community foundation and grateful to the many partners who have made our work possible over the past 100 years.

At the heart of a community foundation is community. Throughout the year, we will honor the people, places, and traditions that make Rhode Island special.

For all you have done for Rhode Island, thank you. We hope you will join us in celebrating our community!

100 Years, 100 Stories

Everyone has a story. Our 100 year history is comprised of many. Over the next twelve months we will share stories that highlight the many Rhode Islanders and partners who have contributed to our 100 year legacy.








The Patty and Melvin Alperin  First Generation Scholarship Fund

Scholarships for the first generation

"My collaboration with the Rhode Island Foundation is one of the best things that ever happened to me," says Mel. "I knew how to raise money but not how to give it away."

Developing Downcity

Developing Downcity

In 2000, when the Foundation moved to its current home at One Union Station in Providence, we recognized that the vitality of our new neighborhood, a six-by-eight block commercial district, is crucial to the economic health of the state’s capital city.

Helping schools and students to succeed

Helping schools and students to succeed

Transforming waste to energy

Transforming waste to energy

Equity Action

A more equitable Rhode Island

Restoring a masterpiece  of ecclesiastical architecture

Restoring a masterpiece of ecclesiastical architecture

Make It Happen

Taking rhetoric to action

Program for Animal Welfare

Rhode Islanders love their pets

Professional Advisory Council

Advocating for philanthropy

90 minutes in a room with your clinician

90 minutes in a room with your clinician

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Celebrating Community

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.


Centennial Happenings

Centennial News & Events

Celebrating our Centennial with $500,000 in grants for community-building across RI

April 27, 2016

We award Centennial Community Grants in all 39 cities and towns. The program is just one in a series of activities to mark our 100th anniversary this year.

Centennial Community Conversations: Innovative and proven programs

April 1, 2016

In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of our founding! This year our Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversations series will focus on the capacity, generosity, and innovation of our partners and how they help build our community.

Feb. 12 is deadline to apply for $500,000 in community-building grants

February 9, 2016

To mark our centennial this year, we are offering grants of up to $15,000 to fund community-building activities in every city and town in Rhode Island.

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Join us in celebrating our community! See tweets and photos from Rhode Islanders joining our centennial celebration throughout the year.

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Transform the present... and the future

The Fund for Rhode Island is the common fund for the greatest good of the community. It supports our mission to meet the needs of the people of RI…yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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