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Working Cities Challenge offers resources to our communities
By Chris Barnett / April 19, 2016
The Working Cities Challenge will help build your ability to work together across sectors over a sustained period with a comprehensive vision. Winning initiatives will receive $300,000-$500,000 over three years, along with coaching, capacity-building, and research and data analysis support.

Centennial Community Conversations: Innovative and proven programs
By Jessica David / April 1, 2016
In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of our founding! This year our Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversations series will focus on the capacity, generosity, and innovation of our partners and how they help build our community.

Students can apply for $1.5 million in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 10, 2016
Dozens of individual, family and organizational donors established scholarship funds at the Foundation to help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, fees and books.

Working with an idea and ambition
By Jessica David / February 10, 2016
Since it opened its Rhode Island office in 2000, the Center for Women and Enterprise has worked to level the playing field by creating custom educational programs, counseling, and paths to funding for Rhode Island women who have an idea and the ambition to become entrepreneurs.

Black Philanthropy grants expand equity and access
By Chris Barnett / January 15, 2016
By funding proposals that promote equity and access, we can improve the lives of Rhode Island’s Black community. Encouraging long-term, systemic changes will create pathways to achievement and success.

Strengthening the business ecosystem
By Jessica David / January 14, 2016
The vision that guides our economic security initiative is a strong economic environment that allows all Rhode Islanders to prosper. We believe that the foundation of a strong Rhode Island economy will be quality jobs that allow our residents to support themselves and their families, and these quality jobs require robust enterprise and a skilled workforce.

Matching-grant challenge raises $110,000 for streamlining state government
By Chris Barnett / January 4, 2016
Amica, Corning , Groov-Pin, Hope Global, TACO, Taylor Box and Toray Plastics are the companies that responded to our matching-grant challenge with contributions.

Third quarter grants benefit Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly
By Jenny Pereira / November 18, 2015
Our grantmaking continued in the third quarter with more than $7 million awarded to organizations serving Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly…and all our state’s cities and towns in-between.

Facilitating cross-sector thinking
By Jessica David / November 10, 2015
The Civic Leadership Fund Cross-sector Community Conversation spotlights the work of our partners and grantees while facilitating cross-sector thinking and dialogue.

The College Crusade: closing gaps in student outcomes
By / October 26, 2015
Education grantmaking at the Rhode Island Foundation is focused on closing gaps in student outcomes. And while we’re privileged to invest in many schools and nonprofit organizations that advance this work across our state, few operate at the scale and effectiveness as the College Crusade of Rhode Island.

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