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Rhode Island Foundation Announces Recipients of 2014 Innovation Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / April 16, 2014
Amy Bernhardt and David Dadekian will each receive $300,000 to develop, test, and implement ideas to improve life in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Foundation Names Toby Shepherd Programs Officer for Educational Grantmaking
By Chris Barnett / April 14, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation has named Toby Shepherd as a grant programs officer effective May 5.

Rhode Island Foundation, Cox Communications Team Up to Offer Rhode Island Success Stories “On Demand”
By Chris Barnett / April 3, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation and Cox Communications have announced the debut of “Our Backyard TV,” where Rhode Islanders can find good news about their state 24 hours a day.

By Lauren Paola / March 31, 2014
Rhode Island nonprofits have until April 15 to apply for grants to encourage justice for, support and improve the quality of life of LGBTQ Rhode Islanders.

By Lauren Paola / February 28, 2014
More than 1,300 nonprofits from every corner of the state receive funding to improve health care, education, community development, the environment, arts and culture, human services

Foundation awards $25,000 fellowships to three RI artists
By Lauren Paola / February 11, 2014
Rhode Island artists Anthony Giannini, Leslie Hirst, and Daniel Sousa awarded $25,000 fellowships by the Rhode Island Foundation through the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund.

Economic intersections recommendations released at Make It Happen RI 2.0
By Lauren Paola / January 23, 2014
Hundreds of ideas distilled into 21 broad recommendations to create jobs and to grow industries in Rhode Island.

Michael Allio named to Foundation Board of Directors
By Lauren Paola / January 15, 2014
Michael K. Allio, CEO of Allio Associates LLC and a former deputy director of strategy and management at the Gates Foundation, has joined the Foundation board of directors.

Foundation awards grants to 80 Providence teachers for classroom innovation
By Lauren Paola / December 19, 2013
80 Providence teachers will share $75,000 in grants thanks to the generosity of two local philanthropists through a pilot program designed to encourage innovation in Providence schools.

Foundation grants enable Newport Jazz Festival to showcase “emerging” artists
By Lauren Paola / December 4, 2013
The Newport Festivals Foundation will add a third day of music featuring new and emerging artists at the 60th anniversary of the historic Newport Jazz Festival thanks to $40,000 from the Rhode Island Foundation.

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