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Lisa DiMartino named strategic initiatives officer for the Education sector
By Chris Barnett / October 17, 2016
Last year, the Foundation awarded $8.9 million in grants for education, supporting initiatives such as the Central Falls School Department’s We Are a Village program, the Highlander Charter School’s Center for Blended Learning and Teach For America, Rhode Island.

Kenneth J. and Hannah E. Dorney Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 13, 2016
Throughout their 57 years of marriage, the late Kenneth and Hannah Dorney were devoted to their church and to local Masonic organizations. Now, their names will forever be linked to the organizations around which they built their lives together.

Building a new model for community health
By Chris Barnett / October 12, 2016
A new model for community health care is coming to Central Falls. Blackstone Valley Community Health Care is building a $15 million Neighborhood Health Station on land directly behind the existing Notre Dame Express Health Care building at 1000 Broad St.

Ceramic tiles capture the spirit of one community
By Chris Barnett / October 4, 2016
Four different panels were created; each depicting colorful scenes of town life like playgrounds and boating. These panels will welcome visitors to Jamiel’s Park, a 13-acre waterfront park in the heart of downtown.

Joy Spanabel Emery Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 3, 2016
Joy Emery established this endowment to support the University of Rhode Island's Commercial Pattern Archive, the largest collection of patterns in the world.

New partnership tackles “achievement gap” for English Learners
By Chris Barnett / September 30, 2016
State and local education officials and the Rhode Island Foundation are partnering on a nearly $500,000 initiative to tackle the “achievement gap” for students who are English Learners. The program will send 60 public school teachers back to college for intensive English as a Second Language Instruction and Dual Language Program training.

Iconic Rocky Point arch unveiled – with fresh paint
By Connie Grosch / September 27, 2016
The rust and graffiti has been replaced with a fresh coat of white paint thanks to one of our Centennial Community Grants.

Willett Free Library Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 27, 2016
The line “Good things come in small packages” certainly applies to the Willett Free Library, which is noted on its website to be the smallest library in Rhode Island.

$1.6 million available in medical research and health care grants
By Chris Barnett / September 26, 2016
Because of the generosity of our inspiring donors, we are able to invest in advancing medical breakthroughs. The grants we make will have the potential to enable people to lead healthier lives and jumpstart one of the state’s most promising sectors.

Learning new ways to make it in the classroom
By Chris Barnett / September 22, 2016
Our $21,000 grant is helping FabNewport teach K-12 teachers how to integrate “making” into their classrooms.

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