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$1.5 million in scholarships awarded
By Chris Barnett / September 13, 2016
Students from across the state are headed off to college with the help of more than $1.5 million in scholarships from us.

Seeding innovation in Rhode Island's schools
By / July 11, 2016
What do we mean when we say “innovation” in the education context? To us, innovative approaches in education are those new ideas that hold transformative promise to produce measurable results for a specific need in a sustainable and replicable way.

Finding common ground
By / May 17, 2016
Earlier this year, fifth-grade students from the Jewish Community Day School of RI and the Islamic School of RI came together for twelve weeks to explore issues of identity, society, and friendship through the Center for Dynamic Learning's hands-on STEAMM program. The collaboration was supported by a grant from our Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund.

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.

Helping educators improve their craft
By / February 24, 2016
This blog post is the first in a series designed to explore and unpack each of these strategies further. And while we’ll explore the first two further in future posts, I am taking the liberty of going out of order to start with our third strategy first: professional development.

Every student succeeds
By / February 4, 2016
On February 1st, 2016 the Rhode Island Foundation convened a group of education stakeholders to hear from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cottam and Elementary & Secondary Education Commissioner Ken Wagner about the new federal “Every Student Succeeds” Act.

Grants spark classroom innovation
By / December 23, 2015
Our Spark Grants program is based on a simple premise: students learn best when given real-life opportunities to engage in academic content in meaningful, non-traditional ways

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.

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