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Chris Barnett
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$160,000 in grants available to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / January 29, 2015
Nonprofits can request up to $10,000 in eight key areas: arts and culture, children and families, education, economic security, environment, health, housing and basic human needs.

Creating a pipeline of nonprofit leaders for the future
By Chris Barnett / January 15, 2015
Participants in our Emerging Leaders program are paired with experienced mentors for 10 months of self-directed learning, through which they will create their own customized professional development plans.

Health care leaders give state policymakers recommendations for improving health care
By Chris Barnett / December 23, 2014
A broad coalition of hospitals, insurers and others reaches consensus on strategy to sustain quality, affordable health care

Animal welfare programs awarded nearly $440,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / December 9, 2014
Animal welfare programs across the state will receive grants for everything from providing low-cost spay and neutering programs to humane education.

Black Philanthropy Initiative grants will improve access and equity
By Chris Barnett / November 13, 2014
Four nonprofit organizations that serve the state's African-American community will receive $24,000 to advance equity and social justice for Blacks in Rhode Island.

$300,000 Fellowships available to spark innovation in RI
By Chris Barnett / October 22, 2014
Philanthropists Letitia and John Carter support initiative to stimulate big ideas for improving life in Rhode Island

Grants fund work on shoreline, shellfishing protection
By Chris Barnett / October 7, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded $125,000 in grants to fund work on shoreline protection and the shellfish industry by the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography.

Rhode Island Foundation adds pair to Development team
By Chris Barnett / October 3, 2014
Latest additions to our Development team will offer charitable planning advice and high-level relationship management and customer service.

Oct. 3 is deadline for grants to serve RI's Latino community
By Chris Barnett / September 24, 2014
Grants honor the achievements of long-time Latino community leader, organizer, and advocate Juanita Sánchez

New community greenhouse raises hope
By Chris Barnett / August 22, 2014
The structure on Providence's Southside will extend the growing season for neighborhood farmers, foster micro-businesses, promote composting and serve Providence students with fresh food and learning.

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