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Chris Barnett
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$320,000 in seed funding awarded for medical research
By Chris Barnett / July 15, 2015
Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to provide critical early funding to local researchers working to advance medical breakthroughs.

By Chris Barnett / July 1, 2015
More than 70 locally owned shops and restaurants will offer special discounts to customers from July 1-7. The participating businesses range from boutiques and florists to bakeries and jewelers.

North Smithfield residents to benefit from grants
By Chris Barnett / June 11, 2015
Our help will underwrite a variety of services including expanding health care programs and sending needy youngsters to summer camp.

$50,000 available to Jewish groups
By Chris Barnett / June 9, 2015
Proposals must 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.

$250,000 awarded to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / June 5, 2015
Supporting the development of a comprehensive primary care system that promotes healthy lives is a core strategic initiative for us. These grants will further our ongoing efforts to make quality health care more accessible and affordable across the state.

Metcalf Fellowships enable students to pursue their dreams
By Chris Barnett / June 3, 2015
Seven college students from Rhode Island will spend the summer traveling and learning thanks to more than $25,000 in fellowships.

Celebrating a year of making connections
By Chris Barnett / June 1, 2015
Hundreds of business leaders, donors, grant recipients and community leaders gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center for our 2015 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what CEO and President Neil Steinberg told them.

$50,000 challenge grant supports streamlining state government
By Chris Barnett / May 18, 2015
The matching grants are in coordination with Governor Raimondo’s new "Lean Government Initiative," which will foster innovation across state government and promote a culture of continuous improvement.

Newport County residents to benefit from $200,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / May 15, 2015
The funding from the Newport County Fund will underwrite activities ranging from after-school activities and cleaning up Sachuest Bay to Alzheimer’s supports and relationship violence prevention.

Still time to apply for our scholarships
By Chris Barnett / April 27, 2015
To help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books, generous individual and organizational donors established scholarship funds with us.

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