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Chris Barnett
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Visual artists invited to apply for $25,000 grants
By Chris Barnett / August 3, 2016
Rhode Island visual artists who dream of spending a year working on their craft have until Aug. 18 to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation.

Katie Murray named director of evaluation and learning
By Chris Barnett / August 1, 2016
Katie Murray has been appointed director of evaluation and learning, where she will oversee the evaluation of our community investments against its strategic priorities.

TGIF at the Newport Jazz Festival
By Chris Barnett / July 27, 2016
There once again will be a third day of performances at the Newport Jazz Festival this year. Our $30,000 grant will help showcase emerging artists and future stars this Friday at Fort Adams State Park.

Grants fund services for LGBTQ RI'ers
By Chris Barnett / July 22, 2016
This important work is enhanced by strengthening alliances between nonprofits working to address the most critical needs of Rhode Island’s LGBTQ communities, including investments in health, education and the arts, as well as issues critical to young and elderly members of the community.

Arianne Corrente named communications director
By Chris Barnett / July 6, 2016
“Arianne has a wealth of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors.”

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.

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.

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