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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.








Working with an idea and ambition

We see our role as one of helping to build a strong and supportive environment for successful small business development – a network of services, supports, and resources such as technical assistance, coaching, and capital.

The Fund for Healthy Rhode Island

The Fund for Healthy Rhode Island (FFHRI) was established as a $20 million endowment fund at the Rhode Island Foundation in 2008, as a result of a legal settlement. The vision for the Fund was to build and support a model primary care system for the state that would ensure the broadest possible access to coordinated, high-quality care for all Rhode Islanders.

Lots of Hope

Rosa Anne Grosvenor

One Union Station: where Rhode Islanders again "make connections"

Organization Endowments

Program for the Blind

Rhody Fresh: A homegrown tale

Our Newport County Fund hits home

Royal Little: innovator in business and philanthropy

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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 Grants Program

We want to celebrate each of Rhode Island’s unique thirty-nine cities and towns by funding community-making projects throughout the state! Grants will be made in the range of $5,000 to $15,000 to a diverse range of projects that may include improvements to parks, streetscapes, and other public spaces; creative use of art in public spaces; and engaging programming that invites people to experience community in public spaces. We plan to make at least one gift within each of Rhode Island’s cities and towns.

To submit a proposal, please complete an online application by February 12. Decisions will be made by March.

Learn more about this program and how to apply

Centennial Happenings

Centennial News & Events

Lila K. Mullins Fund

February 12, 2016

"She loved teaching and her students. She got kids excited about learning,” says Frank Mullins of his late wife who taught in Providence’s elementary schools for 25 years.

Almon and Suzanne Hall Family Fund

February 10, 2016

Al and Suzanne Hall both grew up in families where helping others and giving back to community was a way of life. And it’s a practice they’ve continued through dozens of nonprofit organizations. (Photo courtesy of Constance Brown)

Working with an idea and ambition

February 10, 2016

Since it opened its Rhode Island office in 2000, the Center for Women and Enterprise has worked to level the playing field by creating custom educational programs, counseling, and paths to funding for Rhode Island women who have an idea and the ambition to become entrepreneurs.

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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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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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