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$35,000 available to Jewish groups
By Chris Barnett / May 24, 2016
Our Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund funds proposals that develop connections between the Jewish community and greater Rhode Island, deepen the understanding of Jewish life and culture through scholarship and historic preservation or provide for basic human needs such as food and housing.

Finding common ground
By Toby Shepherd / May 17, 2016
Earlier this year, fifth-grade students from the Jewish Community Day School of RI and the Islamic School of RI came together for twelve weeks to explore issues of identity, society, and friendship through the Center for Dynamic Learning's hands-on STEAMM program. The collaboration was supported by a grant from our Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund.

Working together, learning from each other
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / May 11, 2016
The 2016 Best Practice Awards represent the incredible achievements of our nonprofits. By learning from each other, we can make positive change in the lives of every Rhode Islander.

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.

Eight groups receive nearly $300,000 to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / April 29, 2016
Developing an inclusive primary care system that promotes healthy lives is one of our core strategic initiatives. These grants will advance our continuing efforts to make quality health care more accessible and affordable.

Celebrating our Centennial with $500,000 in grants for community-building across RI
By Chris Barnett / April 27, 2016
We award Centennial Community Grants in all 39 cities and towns. The program is just one in a series of activities to mark our 100th anniversary this year.

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.

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