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Jessica David
Jessica David
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Community building
By Jessica David / March 31, 2017
We make a $150,000 investment to be shared by three community organizations that 30 years ago began working together to provide immigration and citizenship services to foreign-born Rhode Islanders.

Join in for the Buy Local RI Shop Hop
By Jessica David / November 22, 2016
Join us November 22 - December 2 for the Buy Local RI Shop Hop, featuring just a few of Rhode Island’s fine retailers, eateries, and business districts.

Working on solutions to the skills gap
By Jessica David / October 31, 2016
The Genesis Center will use our grant to increase education and training services that provide a 'bridge' to help unemployed and underemployed Rhode Islanders overcome the skills gap.

New ways to tackle big challenges
By Jessica David / September 7, 2016
Twenty Rhode Islanders from across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors recently participated in the Rhode Island Foundation-sponsored RISD Institute for Design and Public Policy to learn new ways to tackle big challenges.

Drawing strength from community
By Jessica David / June 17, 2016
We mourn the victims of the recent mass shooting in Orlando and offer our love, support, and hopes for healing to all those affected and for Orlando’s LGBTQ community.

Improving workforce development
By Jessica David / June 7, 2016
Jobs are the foundation. Good jobs are central to a strong economy, equitable and prosperous communities, and family security. Every Rhode Islander deserves the opportunity for meaningful employment. And employers need a capable workforce to succeed.

Building public policy by design
By Jessica David / May 11, 2016
Our Centennial celebration is all about building community. So, we’re collaborating with the Rhode Island School of Design to develop local problem-solving capacity. RISD’s Institute for Design + Public Policy is offering a special session in August just for Rhode Islanders.

Celebrating the 2016 Innovation Fellow – Ray Two Hawks Watson
By Jessica David / April 14, 2016
“Ray has an impressive strategy for creating change and addressing the challenges our state faces by focusing on our greatest natural resource – our people,” said our Neil Steinberg.

Centennial Community Conversations: Innovative and proven programs
By Jessica David / 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.

Working with an idea and ambition
By Jessica David / 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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