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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.

Assessing the impact of Riverwood's Housing First program
By Katie Murray / January 3, 2018
For more than a decade, Riverwood Mental Health Services has tackled the challenge of ending chronic homelessness through its Housing First Rhode Island program.

David R. Levesque Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 26, 2017
“I want to keep David’s name alive and for people to remember him for who he was at heart and what he loved most in life." - Donna Rucci-Levesque

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.

Warren Land Conservation Trust Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 14, 2017
"We’re eager to make our properties accessible to the public and are committed to developing trails on amenable land." - Mike Gerhardt, WLCT President

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.

Showing appreciation for our professional advisors
By Jim Sanzi / December 11, 2017
Over the years, we have had the great pleasure of working with countless professional advisors in Rhode Island who play a critical role in advising clients on charitable giving strategies. Many of those professionals serve on the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council.

Barrington Congregational Church Flex Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 7, 2017
“We’re looking ahead to how we can better serve the community." - Dick McWhirter, chair of the church’s finance ministry team

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