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Chris Barnett
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Nonprofits awarded $17.2 million in first half of 2015
By Chris Barnett / August 11, 2015
We align the dreams of our donors with solutions to the challenges Rhode Island faces. By supporting innovation, collaboration and leadership, we make it possible for nonprofits to achieve the changes that are vital as the state moves forward

Nonprofits can apply for grants to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / August 7, 2015
Supporting work that improves the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. We are looking for proposals that will have the greatest impact on the provision of quality and affordable health care services.

By Chris Barnett / July 31, 2015
RI Innovation Fellowship recipient Dr. Lynn Taylor is collaborating with Waterfire to offer free, confidential screenings for the deadly, silent disease.

Grants fund services for LGBTQ RI'ers
By Chris Barnett / July 29, 2015
Our grants support organizations working to ensure the health, safety, and fair treatment of all LGBTQ Rhode Islanders.

Grants to Newport Jazz Festival showcase emerging artists
By Chris Barnett / July 24, 2015
Our support for this legendary music event will showcase emerging stars, attract a new generation of fans, and fill local hotels, restaurants, and attractions with visitors for an extra day.

Promotions enhance ability to serve RI
By Chris Barnett / July 23, 2015
The work of Frank Cerilli and Jessica David enhances our capacity to work in partnership with donors and grantees to meet the needs of the people of RI.

State leaders look to research to
By Chris Barnett / July 21, 2015
The best minds in RI's higher ed community are developing data on crucial issues that policymakers in the General Assembly and Governor’s office are telling us they need and want.

Writers can apply for $25,000 fellowships
By Chris Barnett / July 16, 2015
Rhode Island writers who dream of spending a year working on their craft have until Aug. 7 to apply for $25,000 fellowships.

$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.

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