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Edward F. Almon Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 25, 2015
From his years in semi-pro baseball, to decades of coaching Little League and Babe Ruth, to cheering on his children – and later grandchildren – Edward F. “Ted” Almon was a sports enthusiast.

AIA Rhode Island Scholarship Fund and AIA Rhode Island / DF Pray Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 24, 2015
The AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum, the charitable arm of AIA Rhode Island (a chapter of the American Institute of Architects), was established to support educational programs within the architectural community. The Forum provides this support primarily through scholarships.

Mark G. Adrain Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 23, 2015
“Mark was a great guy, very loving, and very much into family,” says Alyn Adrain of her late brother who died in 1990 from viral myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart. He was 35.

Patty and Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship Fund
By Connie Grosch / January 5, 2015
Patty and Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation

Five Questions with Herman H. Rose
By Jean Cohoon / September 16, 2014
Herman Rose established the first of three funds at the Foundation in 1985 and has been a thoughtful and involved partner throughout the nearly three decades he has worked with the Foundation.

Proceeds of book highlighting Latino history in Rhode Island to benefit the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund
By Inés Merchán / September 2, 2014
Marta V. Martínez, Executive Director of Rhode Island Latino Arts, recently published a book of stories she collected over the past 20 years for the Latino Oral History Project of RI.

Five Questions with Dan Sullivan
By Jean Cohoon / June 16, 2014
Dan Sullivan and his wife, Kathy, established a donor advised fund at the Foundation in 2012. Here, Dan answers questions about the causes they support, what inspires him to give, and his hope for Rhode Island’s future.

Christine Grinavic Adventurer’s Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 28, 2014
This fund, which “broadens perspectives and enhances personal growth” of students participating in travel and career internship programs abroad, honors URI graduate and adventurer Christine Grinavic who was lost at sea in 2007 at age 26.

Five Questions with John Murphy
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
John Murphy has established three funds at the Foundation: two scholarship funds and, with his wife, the John and Grace Murphy Fund for Youth.

Five Questions with Alfred K. Potter II
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
Al and Linda Potter established the Potter Family Fund, a donor advised fund at the Foundation, in 2004. Here, Al answers questions about the causes they support, what inspires him to give, and his hope for Rhode Island’s future.

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