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We are proud to be part of the Rhode Island community! Follow our blog for the latest news and occasional commentary about what’s happening at the Foundation and around our great state.

Sophia Academy Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 28, 2018
“Our goal is to stimulate a love for lifelong learning by providing our students with an empowering, hands-on education with opportunities beyond the classroom." - Gigi DiBello, head of school

Promotions enhance our capacity to grow
By Chris Barnett / February 26, 2018
We announce five promotions that will enhance our capacity to work in partnership with donors and grantees to meet the needs of the people of Rhode Island.

Bringing back Gilded Age trees to Newport
By Connie Grosch / February 23, 2018
The Newport Arboretum and the Newport Tree Society partner with Rogers High School students to locate, document, and propagate Newport's most special and endangered trees.

Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion
By Chris Barnett / February 22, 2018
We are launching a new grantmaking opportunity, refining our strategic priorities, adopting impact targets and adding new staff positions to support work with partners, donors, nonprofits and community leaders.

Rhode Island PBS Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 21, 2018
“We are committed to the principle of lifelong learning and carry that message ‘beyond the box’ into the community.” - David W. Piccerelli, president, Rhode Island PBS Foundation

Preserving Pawtucket Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 20, 2018
"We want people to learn about Pawtucket and to identify with its distinctive history. When you learn what something is, you understand its value, and why it should be preserved. - Barbara Zdravesky, president, Preservation Society of Pawtucket

Grants fund programs for Latino community
By Chris Barnett / February 15, 2018
Eleven nonprofit organizations that serve the Latino community will receive grants through our Juanita Sánchez Community Fund. The programs range from mentoring and after-school activities to ESL classes and scholarships.

Three RI composers win $25,000 fellowships
By Chris Barnett / February 13, 2018
Jeff Prystowsky, Jacob Richman and Kirsten Volness will receive $25,000 grants from our Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund. They are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached grants available to composers in the United States.

Rhode Island Free Clinic Endowment
By Jean Cohoon / February 12, 2018
“The need for quality healthcare in our community is ever present. No matter what happens in the healthcare landscape, the Clinic will be here to catch those who fall through the cracks." - Marie Ghazal, CEO

Setting a course for a career in cybersecurity
By Connie Grosch / February 9, 2018
CyberPatriot is a national program created by the Air Force Association to encourage students to think about STEM careers. The Woonsocket High School and Middle School teams have participated in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

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