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Chris Barnett
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Black Philanthropy grants expand equity and access
By Chris Barnett / January 15, 2016
By funding proposals that promote equity and access, we can improve the lives of Rhode Island’s Black community. Encouraging long-term, systemic changes will create pathways to achievement and success.

Feb. 12 is deadline to apply for Metcalf Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / January 8, 2016
The Foundation will award up to $5,000 to college freshmen, sophomores and juniors from Rhode Island to pursue self-designed enrichment projects through travel.

Matching-grant challenge raises $110,000 for streamlining state government
By Chris Barnett / January 4, 2016
Amica, Corning , Groov-Pin, Hope Global, TACO, Taylor Box and Toray Plastics are the companies that responded to our matching-grant challenge with contributions.

Marie Langlois elected chair of Rhode Island Foundation
By Chris Barnett / December 11, 2015
Langlois was elected to a 3-year term as chair. The 12-member board of directors is responsible for setting policy at the Foundation, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016.

Celebrating our Centennial with a plan to restore Roger Williams Park
By Chris Barnett / December 8, 2015
To kick off a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1916, the Rhode Island Foundation today announced the details of a $10 million campaign to restore Roger Williams Park.

Dec. 11 is deadline to apply for $300,000 Innovation Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / December 3, 2015
This program enhances Rhode Island’s reputation as a place of innovation and ingenuity. We thank Letitia and John Carter for having the vision to encourage bold thinkers to bring their best ideas to life.

$2.7 million in grants awarded for health care
By Chris Barnett / December 1, 2015
By encouraging imaginative thinking around delivery and administration, we can ensure Rhode Islanders will continue to have access to the health care they need.

Buy Local RI campaign takes off
By Chris Barnett / November 24, 2015
“Buy Local RI” offers businesses and consumers a central website where merchants can market their products and services and shoppers can find locally sold products.

Animal welfare groups awarded nearly $500,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / November 6, 2015
PAW funds organizations that promote and provide humane treatment of animals or work more generally on the welfare of animals. Grants are for projects or programs that have a positive impact statewide or in individual communities with regard to animal care, education about the humane treatment of animals and animal welfare in general.

Now accepting applications for Innovation Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / October 19, 2015
An annual initiative to stimulate proposals that can move Rhode Island forward, our Rhode Island Innovation Fellowships are made possible through the vision and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

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