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Chris Barnett
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Animal welfare groups receive $470,000
By Chris Barnett / November 20, 2017
We award more than $470,000 in grants to fund animal welfare programs across the state ranging from low-cost spay and neuter programs and humane education to seal rescues and coyote education.

Inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal and founder of UCAP
By Chris Barnett / November 13, 2017
The inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Rhode Island Foundation was awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program.

Investing for social and financial impact
By Chris Barnett / October 30, 2017
Our new Impact Investing initiative aims to invest up to 5 percent of our endowment, beyond traditional grantmaking efforts, in Rhode Island-based efforts that generate measurable social impact and a financial return.

A life-changing summer
By Chris Barnett / October 23, 2017
Our Metcalf Fellowship enables Rhode Island College nursing major Jena Lerch to provide care to rural villages in Belize.

Carter Fellowships support bold ideas
By Chris Barnett / October 19, 2017
Designed to stimulate solutions to Rhode Island challenges, the initiative is made possible through the foresight and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

Rhode Island Foundation honors five nonprofits with 2017 Best Practice Awards
By Chris Barnett / October 5, 2017
“These recipients emerged from a highly competitive process and an impressive group of nominees,” said Jill Pfitzenmayer, vice president of the Foundation’s Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence.

Grants available to seed medical research
By Chris Barnett / October 2, 2017
We're offering grants of up to $25,000 to launch promising medical research proposals. The funding is intended to help early-career researchers advance their projects to the point where they can compete for large-scale national funding.

Nonprofits receive $67,000 to serve Barrington residents
By Chris Barnett / September 27, 2017
Nine nonprofits receive more than $67,000 in grants through our Barrington District Nursing Association Fund.

Hundreds of students receive scholarships
By Chris Barnett / September 14, 2017
Our scholarships honor not just the recipients, but the donors who make their dreams of a better future come true.

FabNewport: Making a Difference
By Chris Barnett / September 11, 2017
FabNewport gives kids "a chance to play with materials, tools and machines with the support of expert coaching, a chance to learn at their own pace while surrounded with possibility."

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