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Chris Barnett
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RI students can apply for $1.8 million in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 13, 2017
At the time of year when colleges are sending out financial aid packages, we are offering Rhode Island students and their families more than $1.8 million in scholarships.

Meghan Hughes named to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / March 7, 2017
Meghan Hughes has been named to our Board of Directors. As the state’s largest funder of nonprofit organizations, we awarded a record $45 million in grants to more than 1,600 nonprofits in 2016.

Grants available to serve North Smithfield residents
By Chris Barnett / March 3, 2017
Nonprofit organizations that provide services to improve the health and welfare of North Smithfield residents have until March 24 to apply for grants through our North Smithfield Ambulance and Rescue Association Fund.

$28 million gift sets record for philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / February 27, 2017
The estate gift from the Wilcox family is the single largest unrestricted donation in our 100-year history.

Offering $10,000 grants for proposals that build community
By Chris Barnett / February 23, 2017
We are offering local libraries, schools, municipal agencies and nonprofit groups grants of up to $10,000 to fund proposals that bring people together as a community.

A record year in 2016
By Chris Barnett / February 8, 2017
We awarded a record $45 million in grants last year. More than 1,600 nonprofit organizations working across eight broad sectors, including economic development, education and health care, received funding.

Grants available to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / February 7, 2017
Nonprofit organizations serving Newport County’s six communities have until Feb. 16 to apply for more than $260,000 in grants.

Nonprofits that serve Barrington have until Feb. 10 to apply for grants
By Chris Barnett / January 26, 2017
Nonprofits that provide health care, counseling or basic human needs such as food or shelter to Barrington residents have until Feb. 10 to apply for grants of up to $15,000.

Grants will improve access and equity for Black RI'ers
By Chris Barnett / January 23, 2017
Five Providence nonprofit organizations serving the African-American community have been awarded $26,600 in the final round of grants from the Rhode Island Foundation's Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI).

Rhode Island Foundation names three to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / January 19, 2017
Carrie Bridges Feliz, Jonathan Fain and Dr. G. Alan Kurose have been named to the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Foundation. As the state’s largest funder of nonprofit organizations, the Foundation awarded $41.5 million in grants to more than 1,600 nonprofits in 2015.

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