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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.

Rose M. Calandrelli Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 2, 2018
“She had an excellent reputation. She truly loved teaching, and she loved Classical," Anthony Calandrelli says of his mother's 21-year career at Classical High School.

Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund empowers RI's Black community
By Chris Barnett / January 31, 2018
To mark Black History Month, our Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund awards more than $130,000 in grants and scholarships to empower the community.

Barrington District Nursing Association Fund offers grants
By Chris Barnett / January 31, 2018
Nonprofits that provide health care, counseling or basic human needs such as food or shelter to Barrington residents have until Feb. 9 to apply for grants.

Rising to the top in corporate philanthropy
By Neil Steinberg / January 29, 2018
We are proud to partner with Citizens Bank and Rhode Island Monthly magazine on the new Common Good Awards, recognizing Rhode Island businesses of all sizes that inspire philanthropy in their employees by encouraging staff to go into the community and help.

Patricia and Steele Blackall Fund, Applegate Fund, Frederick S. Blackall IV Fund, and Scone Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 25, 2018
“My father wanted to pass on more than money. He wanted to pass on a practice or belief…something that would encourage his kids to contribute to the community." - Grenville Blackall

Helping Rhode Island children find homes
By Chris Barnett / January 23, 2018
Hundreds of children in state care need safe, stable foster homes. That’s why we’re joining with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to support a new initiative that will speed the certification of prospective foster families.

$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.

Tiverton Library Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 16, 2018
We’re very, very proud of the library,” states Stuart Horwitz, president of the Tiverton Library Foundation, noting the building’s functionality, its creative lay-out, and overall beauty.

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.

Drs. Shapiro and Nager Pets in Need Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 8, 2018
“We’re hoping to help people with animals that need big ticket care…If we could help, it might make the difference between saving an animal or not." - Denise Shapiro, DDS

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