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Chris Barnett
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LGBTQ groups receive $47,500 in grants
By Chris Barnett / August 21, 2014
Nine nonprofit organizations that serve the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities receive nearly $48,000 through our Equity Action fund.

$15.6 million in grants awarded in first half of 2014
By Chris Barnett / August 14, 2014
We awarded more than $15.6 million in grants to fund dozens of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state in the first half of 2014.

$25,000 grants target composers
By Chris Barnett / July 30, 2014
Our MacColl Johnson Fellowships will enable three Rhode Island composers to spend a year to working on their music.

Hep C taking spotlight at Waterfire
By Chris Barnett / July 25, 2014
A statewide campaign to eliminate hepatitis C in Rhode Island will offer people free, confidential screenings at Waterfire this Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. on the College Street Bridge.

Black Philanthropy Initiative offering grants
By Chris Barnett / July 21, 2014
Nonprofit organizations have until Sept. 15 to apply for grants from the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI), one of our field-of-interest funds.

Making the world a little smaller
By Chris Barnett / July 18, 2014
Our Beatrice S. Demers Fund helps 18 Rhode Island students pursue international learning. This year’s recipients received $166,054 to study in France, Germany, Chile, China, Rwanda, Spain and Tajikistan.

30 Newport County nonprofits receive grants
By Chris Barnett / July 3, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded $166,666 in grants to 30 nonprofit groups serving Newport County residents.

Activating Ambassadors: Social Media Savvy for Nonprofits
By Chris Barnett / July 1, 2014
Our Jessica David offers strategic social media tips for nonprofits thinking of expanding in the social space.

John Barnett named CFO
By Chris Barnett / June 23, 2014
John Barnett is named vice president of finance and chief financial officer. In his new role, Barnett directs the finance, accounting, budgeting and investment functions for the $800-million community foundation.

OpportunitySpace RI opens doors to city-owned properties
By Chris Barnett / June 18, 2014
Four municipalities have launched an on-line database of government-owned properties.

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