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Meghan Hughes named to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / March 7, 2017
Meghan Hughes has been named to our Board of Directors. As the state’s largest funder of nonprofit organizations, we awarded a record $45 million in grants to more than 1,600 nonprofits in 2016.

Nancy W. Jencks Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 6, 2017
The Community Scholarship Fund of Barrington and Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island will receive support in perpetuity as the late Nancy Jencks directed through plans she made with the Rhode Island Foundation in 1992.

Grants available to serve North Smithfield residents
By Chris Barnett / March 3, 2017
Nonprofit organizations that provide services to improve the health and welfare of North Smithfield residents have until March 24 to apply for grants through our North Smithfield Ambulance and Rescue Association Fund.

Estise Mauran Museum Concerts Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 28, 2017
“It is now more important than ever to bring to life the music of past centuries, performed by adept and informed musicians in intimate, exclusive places.” - L. Frederick Jodry, V, president, Museum Concerts of Rhode Island

$28 million gift sets record for philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / February 27, 2017
The estate gift from the Wilcox family is the single largest unrestricted donation in our 100-year history.

Offering $10,000 grants for proposals that build community
By Chris Barnett / February 23, 2017
We are offering local libraries, schools, municipal agencies and nonprofit groups grants of up to $10,000 to fund proposals that bring people together as a community.

Frederick B. Wilcox Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 21, 2017
Frederick B. Wilcox's "way with investments" and careful stewarding through the years by his daughter, Nancy Mattis, has resulted in the largest unrestricted gift to the Foundation in our 100-year-history.

New analysis charts the route to small business prosperity
By Neil Steinberg / February 14, 2017
Economic security is one of our strategic priorities. That is why we invested in this analysis of the supports available to small businesses in Rhode Island.

Providence Female Charitable Society Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 13, 2017
For more than 200 years, members of the society have worked to fulfill the organization’s mission of supporting “indigent women and their children” in Rhode Island.

Edward J. and Gloria M. Barlow Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 10, 2017
When Ed and Gloria Barlow were invited to an event at the Roger Williams Casino by a member of the Rhode Island Foundation over twenty years ago, they immediately knew they would be channeling their legacy through the Foundation.

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