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Providence Animal Rescue League’s Harry L. Doran Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 20, 2016
“We’ve been around for 103 years, and we want to make certain we’re around for another 103 years,” states Carmine DiCenso, executive director of the Providence Animal Rescue League.

Working Cities Challenge offers resources to our communities
By Chris Barnett / April 19, 2016
The Working Cities Challenge will help build your ability to work together across sectors over a sustained period with a comprehensive vision. Winning initiatives will receive $300,000-$500,000 over three years, along with coaching, capacity-building, and research and data analysis support.

Celebrating our new partners in philanthropy
By Jim Sanzi / April 18, 2016
All year, we at the Foundation work toward many objectives for our community, with inspiring philanthropy as one of our most important.

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.

Ray Two Hawks Watson receives 2016 Innovation Fellowship
By Chris Barnett / April 13, 2016
The Providence resident will receive $300,000 over three years to launch an initiative designed to expand multi-cultural tourism and improve cultural cohesion. The Fellowship is made possible through the vision and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

A learning agenda: what it is and why you need it
By Mary-Kim Arnold / April 5, 2016
At the heart of a learning agenda is a set of "key questions" that you are interested in answering about your program or organization that can provide focus, context, and clarity to whatever measurement and assessment activities you are currently using.

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.

Nomination deadline for Nonprofit Best Practice Awards extended to Monday, March 28
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / March 22, 2016
You still have time to recognize the important, innovative work being done by a Rhode Island nonprofit.

90 minutes in a room with your clinician
By Connie Grosch / March 18, 2016
A shared medical appointment is an innovative model of care seen more and more throughout the United States in leading-edge primary care groups. It involves a 90-minute visit with a multi-disciplinary medical team comprised of your doctor, a behaviorist, a medical assistant and a documenter.

Offering grants to serve LGBTQ communities
By Chris Barnett / March 18, 2016
Our grants are a source of funding for organizations that serve our LGBTQ communities as well as organizations that focus on initiating or expanding LGBTQ-specific services

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