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Making the world a little smaller
By Chris Barnett / July 18, 2014
Our Beatrice S. Demers Fund helps 18 Rhode Island students pursue international learning. This year’s recipients received $166,054 to study in France, Germany, Chile, China, Rwanda, Spain and Tajikistan.

30 Newport County nonprofits receive grants
By Chris Barnett / July 3, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded $166,666 in grants to 30 nonprofit groups serving Newport County residents.

Eight students receive Rhode Island Association of Former Legislators Scholarship Fund awards
By Connie Grosch / July 2, 2014
Rhode Island Association of Former Legislators awards $12,000 in scholarships.

Investing in our teachers
By / June 27, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation has highlighted professional development as one of the Foundation’s three core strategies for achieving educational success in our state.

Cross-Sector Coalitions for Education Systems
By Connie Grosch / April 30, 2014
Our Civic Leadership Fund, along with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, sponsored our eighth discussion on Building a 21st Century Education System in Rhode Island. Warren Simmons, executive director of the Annenberg Institute, shown here, moderated the event.

Metcalf Fellowship opens new horizons for an aspiring doctor
By Chris Barnett / April 22, 2014
One University of Rhode Island senior sees new possibilities in health care after spending a month in India on our Metcalf Fellowship.

Rhode Island Foundation Names Toby Shepherd Programs Officer for Educational Grantmaking
By Chris Barnett / April 14, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation has named Toby Shepherd as a grant programs officer effective May 5.

Foundation awards grants to 80 Providence teachers for classroom innovation
By Lauren Paola / December 19, 2013
80 Providence teachers will share $75,000 in grants thanks to the generosity of two local philanthropists through a pilot program designed to encourage innovation in Providence schools.

By Lauren Paola / August 19, 2013
Fifteen Rhode Island artist-educators will share $83,500 in scholarships from the Rhode Island Foundation through the Antonio Cirino Memorial Fund.

By Lauren Paola / July 3, 2013
Selected from a pool of 85 applicants, 13 students received a total of $143,575 in grant awards, ranging from $9,000 to $14,000.

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