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Five Questions with Alfred K. Potter II
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
Al and Linda Potter established the Potter Family Fund, a donor advised fund at the Foundation, in 2004. Here, Al answers questions about the causes they support, what inspires him to give, and his hope for Rhode Island’s future.

Five Questions with Endowment Holder Roger Williams Park Zoo
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
Roger Williams Park Zoo, established in the 1890s, created an endowment at the Foundation to help ensure the Zoo is around for another 250+ years.

Five Questions with Victoria Johnson
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
Long-time educator Victoria Johnson established a scholarship fund at the Foundation for students at Rogers High School, her alma mater, where she held her first teaching position, and where she retired in 2003 as principal of the Newport school.

Foundation awards $25,000 fellowships to three RI artists
By Lauren Paola / February 11, 2014
Rhode Island artists Anthony Giannini, Leslie Hirst, and Daniel Sousa awarded $25,000 fellowships by the Rhode Island Foundation through the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund.

Economic intersections recommendations released at Make It Happen RI 2.0
By Lauren Paola / January 23, 2014
Hundreds of ideas distilled into 21 broad recommendations to create jobs and to grow industries in Rhode Island.

Michael Allio named to Foundation Board of Directors
By Lauren Paola / January 15, 2014
Michael K. Allio, CEO of Allio Associates LLC and a former deputy director of strategy and management at the Gates Foundation, has joined the Foundation board of directors.

Jeremy S. and Edith B. Weinstein Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“We’d like to be more involved in Rhode Island, and we see philanthropic involvement as a means to do this. ” - Jerry Weinstein

Temple Habonim Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“Habonim” means “the builders,” and it’s what leaders at Temple Habonim intend to be as they build the Temple’s foundation for the future, including this endowment fund.

Ronald G. Stevens and Patricia E. Moore Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“There’s such a profound need out there. We asked ourselves, ‘How could we not do this?’” - Patricia Moore

Shirley Steere, Battey-Campbell Memorial, and Book Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
Three people, all for whom the Greenville Public Library was an important part of their lives, are honored through this fund which will help ensure a permanent source of funding for the 132-year-old library. At the same time, the library transferred its Book Endowment Fund to the Foundation.

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