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Joanne Fitts Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 7, 2017
“She was passionate about sports of all kinds and often said that all of life’s important lessons could be taught in sports: teamwork, respect, self-discipline, leadership, perseverance, and how to win and lose gracefully." - Pat Burbank

Helping after Hurricane Harvey
By Neil Steinberg / August 30, 2017
If you wish to assist the people of Texas who have been affected by the storm, please consider giving to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 18, 2017
“A Boys & Girls Club is a place where kids go that people ask, ‘What did you do today? Did you have a good day?’ We take the time to care and to help instill the right values in a child.” - Executive Director Lara D'Antuono

Letty A. (Spino) Raponi Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 1, 2017
“Letty lived an active life with real goodness in her heart,” recalls Ralph Raponi of his late wife, noting also, “Letty’s smile would light up a room”.

Friday Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 27, 2017
“We’re very lucky to have what we have and be where we are. There are so many people who do not have a lot and need help." - Richard Friday

Valley Breeze Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 17, 2017
The Valley Breeze Scholarship will be awarded annually, beginning in 2018, to one graduating senior at Cumberland High School and one at Mount Saint Charles Academy.

Community foundations unite to share advice about philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / June 29, 2017
We are a cross-section of the United States. We represent a range of nonprofits, and every political views from in this country across the political spectrum. We have practical ideas about how to help our neighbors, now and in lasting ways.

Celebrating a year of community
By Chris Barnett / May 25, 2017
Hundreds of community and business leaders, donors, grant recipients, and other partners gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 24 for our 2017 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what our President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg told them.

Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment
By Jean Cohoon / April 28, 2017
“We want to recognize people or entities in Rhode Island who are doing things to improve life for the citizens of Rhode Island." - Paula (Murray) McNamara

Nancy W. Jencks Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 6, 2017
The Community Scholarship Fund of Barrington and Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island will receive support in perpetuity as the late Nancy Jencks directed through plans she made with the Rhode Island Foundation in 1992.

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