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New giving circles initiative can boost your philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / January 3, 2017
Through our new Giving Circles initiative, we're offering to match up to $5,000 in donations you and your circle of friends, family and others make to your favorite causes.

Robert and Rhea Brooks Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 21, 2016
“We both believe giving back is important in life,” shares Rhea Brooks, with her husband, Rev. Robert Brooks, elaborating, “The church has influenced me substantially. The church teaches what you should do with your wealth.”

New $2.5 million endowment will serve RI's Black community
By Chris Barnett / December 19, 2016
The leadership of the Black Philanthropy Initiative and Bannister House are launching a new $2.5 million endowment to fund scholarships, youth mentoring and other services for the Black community.

Jeffrey L. Swanson Memorial Scholarship
By Jean Cohoon / December 13, 2016
"Just go. Lay down all your doubts and hit the road. You don't know what the future holds, so get off the couch while you can! The beauty is out there waiting to be captured." - Jeff Swanson

Restoring Roger Williams Park
By Chris Barnett / December 8, 2016
We have raised more than $7.8 million to restore Roger Williams Park. Work has already been completed on the historic Bandstand.

Professional advisors help inspire philanthropy
By Jim Sanzi / December 6, 2016
We at the Foundation have had the great pleasure of working with so many professional advisors and their charitable clients committed to Rhode Island.

Young Voices Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 1, 2016
“Young Voices is entering its second decade as a dynamic organization empowering low-income youth to achieve dramatically in high school, gain admissions to competitive colleges, and graduate on time." - Karen Feldman, founder and director

A holiday tradition of generosity
By Chris Barnett / November 30, 2016
Since the Providence Journal opened the fund with us in 2014, thousands of children have received gifts thanks to the generosity of its print and digital readers, building on a tradition that dates back to when the paper launched what was then called the Santa Fund in 1924.

South County Art Association Fund and South County Art Association Founder’s Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 29, 2016
Exhibits. Education. Community. - Those are the words used to sum up the essence of the South County Art Association.

Join in for the Buy Local RI Shop Hop
By Jessica David / November 22, 2016
Join us November 22 - December 2 for the Buy Local RI Shop Hop, featuring just a few of Rhode Island’s fine retailers, eateries, and business districts.

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