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Chris Barnett
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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.

Spark Grants promote reading and classroom innovation
By Chris Barnett / January 17, 2017
Launched by philanthropists Letitia and John Carter in 2013, the program offered school-wide reading grants of up to $10,000 for the first time this year. Elementary schools in seven communities will receive grants for proposals that will inspire a life-long love of reading in students.

RI college students can apply for fellowships for travel and adventure
By Chris Barnett / January 9, 2017
College students with a yen for adventure have until Jan. 13 to apply for fellowships through the Michael P. Metcalf Memorial Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ricky Bogert named grants program officer
By Chris Barnett / November 21, 2016
Ricky Bogert has been named a grants program officer, where he will oversee special grant programs such as the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund and the Program for the Blind and provide support in the economic security and environment sectors.

Animal welfare groups awarded nearly $470,000
By Chris Barnett / November 14, 2016
We award nearly $470,000 in grants to fund 28 animal welfare programs across the state ranging from a low-cost statewide spay/neutering program for the pets of needy Rhode Islanders to humane education.

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