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Chris Barnett
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$265,000 in grants available to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / January 23, 2018
Our fund is focused on addressing the unique needs of the people in these communities. Collaborating with partners that have deep roots here gives us the resources and context to address local priorities.

Jennifer Reid promoted to CFO
By Chris Barnett / January 12, 2018
Jennifer Reid has been promoted to vice president of finance and chief financial officer at the Rhode Island Foundation. In her new role, Reid directs the finance, accounting, budgeting and investment functions for the state’s largest community foundation.

Former NY Times Co. CEO named to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / January 5, 2018
As President and CEO of The New York Times Company, Janet Robinson was responsible for all of the company’s business operations, including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 16 regional newspapers and all corresponding digital properties, radio and television stations, digital acquisitions, distribution operations and newsprint manufacturing holdings.

Addressing alarming increase in  hunger
By Chris Barnett / December 26, 2017
Sparked by a recent report that hunger is at a 10-year high in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Foundation announced a $100,000 donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and challenged Rhode Islanders to pitch in during this time of extraordinary need.

Jan. 12 is deadline to apply for Metcalf Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / December 21, 2017
Students can received up to $7,000 to pursue self-designed enrichment projects that include travel. Past recipients have performed at a classical music festival in Rome, done a medical internship in Tanzania and volunteered at a Costa Rican orphanage.

Jewish groups receive nearly $36,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / December 18, 2017
Five Jewish community organizations will receive nearly $36,000 in grants through our Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund. The work ranges from a collaboration with the Islamic School of Rhode Island to restoring an historic synagogue.

A taxing time on tap for philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / December 13, 2017
We're joining with U.S. Senator Jack Reed and the United Way of Rhode Island to warn that the federal tax bills could negatively impact the ability of local nonprofits to provide needed services like food assistance, health care, job training, and support for education and research.

A holiday tradition of generousity
By Chris Barnett / December 6, 2017
Our Providence Journal Holiday Fund is once again accepting donations to help children and teenagers in need this holiday season.

Nonprofits serving LGBTQ communities receive nearly $60,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / December 4, 2017
“These organizations work to ensure the health, safety and fair treatment of all LGBTQ Rhode Islanders,” said Adrian Bonéy, who oversees Equity Action at the Foundation.

Harvest Kitchen finds a new home
By Chris Barnett / December 1, 2017
The Harvest Kitchen Healthy Corner Store + Cafe is a vibrant, community-building space that brings fresh, local produce to the Pawtucket/Central Falls Health Equity Zone, which is an area that has low access to healthy foods.

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