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Nonprofits can apply for nearly $300,000 to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / July 5, 2016
Nonprofit organizations have until Aug. 29 to apply for grants to improve primary health care and health outcomes. Nearly $300,000 is available for distribution, with approximately 6 to 10 awards anticipated.

Nonprofits share $259,000 to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / July 1, 2016
Forty organizations serving Newport County residents will share $259,000. The grants will underwrite a host of programs ranging from job readiness training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and stocking food pantries.

$480,000 in seed funding awarded for medical research
By Chris Barnett / June 21, 2016
Due to the generosity of our visionary donors, we are able to award important early funding to local researchers working to advance medical breakthroughs.

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.

Celebrating a century of philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / June 14, 2016
We celebrated our Centennial by staging our 2016 annual meeting at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park. More than 1,000 community and business leaders, donors, and grant recipients gathered 100 years to the day in 1916 that industrialist Jesse Metcalf established the Foundation with a $10,000 gift. Here are highlights of what CEO and President Neil Steinberg told them.

Metcalf Fund lets students pursue their dreams
By Chris Barnett / June 10, 2016
These fellowships enable recipients to broaden their perspectives and to enhance personal growth. The recipients were selected based on the clarity of their application and their thoughtfulness, creativity, motivation, self-direction, initiative and financial need.

Making the world a smaller place
By Chris Barnett / June 9, 2016
Our Beatrice S. Demers Fund will send 17 University of Rhode Island overseas for travel and academic enrichment.

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.

Transforming Healthcare: Part I
By Larry Warner / May 27, 2016
Healthcare reform and transformation is a topic that affects people from all walks of life. As Rhode Island’s community foundation, we are active in the discussion of how the state navigates this journey towards a transformed healthcare system.

Nonprofits receive $71,000 to serve Barrington residents
By Chris Barnett / May 25, 2016
Our Barrington District Nursing Association Fund awards $71,000 in grants to serve Barrington residents

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