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By Jean Cohoon / March 16, 2016
“Education and the arts have always been at the core of what we do and what we support,” say Martha and Todd Moore of the new donor advised fund they have established.

Sr. Ann Keefe / CityArts Creativity and Social Justice Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 14, 2016
“CityArts (is) about changing children's hearts and giving them a new view of what life can be. And it's about social change. For when you change children's hearts, our hearts get changed too, and the quality of life in neighborhoods is improved.” - the late Sr. Ann Keefe (Photo courtesy of Corey Hendrickson)

Thank you, volunteer advisors!
By Jean Cohoon / March 11, 2016
Scores of community members assist the Foundation each year with the many facets of our work in meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island.

Students can apply for $1.5 million in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 10, 2016
Dozens of individual, family and organizational donors established scholarship funds at the Foundation to help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, fees and books.

By Jean Cohoon / March 9, 2016
“He was a good man, a generous man. We enjoyed going out for dinner every Saturday night,” Anthony Smyk says of his friend, Anthony Vincent, who died in the fall of 2014 at age 73.

15 nonprofits get grants for preservation
By Chris Barnett / March 8, 2016
By offering the resources to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations, we can expand their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue around critical issues,” says philanthropist Herman Rose.

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 7, 2016
“We want to be the best possible entity we can be for the state. It’s part of making sure Rhode Island is as great as it can be. It all adds up to a thriving community,” states the Philharmonic's David Beauchesne.

Alice Williams Roe-Grenier Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 4, 2016
“Cranston has always been home for Alice, and she was immensely proud of her city,” her granddaughter, Kelly Grenier Riley, states.

By Jean Cohoon / March 2, 2016
Carol Young says she can summarize her life story in two words: Project Discovery. It was when she was a student at Cranston High School West that Carol was introduced to this program at Trinity Repertory which gives students the opportunity to experience live professional theater.

Three local writers receive $25,000 fellowships
By Chris Barnett / March 1, 2016
Our MacColl Johnson Fellowships enable writers, musicians, and visual artists to spend more time making art and less time making ends meet.

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