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Chris Barnett
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Offering $10,000 grants for proposals that build community
By Chris Barnett / February 23, 2017
We are offering local libraries, schools, municipal agencies and nonprofit groups grants of up to $10,000 to fund proposals that bring people together as a community.

A record year in 2016
By Chris Barnett / February 8, 2017
We awarded a record $45 million in grants last year. More than 1,600 nonprofit organizations working across eight broad sectors, including economic development, education and health care, received funding.

Grants available to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / February 7, 2017
Nonprofit organizations serving Newport County’s six communities have until Feb. 16 to apply for more than $260,000 in grants.

Nonprofits that serve Barrington have until Feb. 10 to apply for grants
By Chris Barnett / January 26, 2017
Nonprofits that provide health care, counseling or basic human needs such as food or shelter to Barrington residents have until Feb. 10 to apply for grants of up to $15,000.

Grants will improve access and equity for Black RI'ers
By Chris Barnett / January 23, 2017
Five Providence nonprofit organizations serving the African-American community have been awarded $26,600 in the final round of grants from the Rhode Island Foundation's Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI).

Rhode Island Foundation names three to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / January 19, 2017
Carrie Bridges Feliz, Jonathan Fain and Dr. G. Alan Kurose have been named to the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Foundation. As the state’s largest funder of nonprofit organizations, the Foundation awarded $41.5 million in grants to more than 1,600 nonprofits in 2015.

Spark Grants promote reading and classroom innovation
By Chris Barnett / January 17, 2017
Launched by philanthropists Letitia and John Carter in 2013, the program offered school-wide reading grants of up to $10,000 for the first time this year. Elementary schools in seven communities will receive grants for proposals that will inspire a life-long love of reading in students.

RI college students can apply for fellowships for travel and adventure
By Chris Barnett / January 9, 2017
College students with a yen for adventure have until Jan. 13 to apply for fellowships through the Michael P. Metcalf Memorial Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

New giving circles initiative can boost your philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / January 3, 2017
Through our new Giving Circles initiative, we're offering to match up to $5,000 in donations you and your circle of friends, family and others make to your favorite causes.

New $2.5 million endowment will serve RI's Black community
By Chris Barnett / December 19, 2016
The leadership of the Black Philanthropy Initiative and Bannister House are launching a new $2.5 million endowment to fund scholarships, youth mentoring and other services for the Black community.

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