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We are proud to be part of the Rhode Island community! Follow our blog for the latest news and occasional commentary about what’s happening at the Foundation and around our great state.

Philanthropy inspires us
By Jim Sanzi / July 26, 2016
Last week, we invited five of our partners who are passionate about giving and actively engaged in philanthropy - Linda Fain, Malcolm Farmer III, Alan Harlam, Bhikhaji Maneckji, and Anne Sage - to share their unique stories and experiences.

Alliance Française of Providence Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 20, 2016
“The Alliance Française of Providence has been a beacon of French culture, language, and ‘art de vivre’ in Rhode Island for more than 115 years." - Dominique Gregoire, executive director

Celebrating a century of philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / June 14, 2016
We celebrated our Centennial by staging our 2016 annual meeting at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park. More than 1,000 community and business leaders, donors, and grant recipients gathered 100 years to the day in 1916 that industrialist Jesse Metcalf established the Foundation with a $10,000 gift. Here are highlights of what CEO and President Neil Steinberg told them.

Providence Animal Rescue League’s Harry L. Doran Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 20, 2016
“We’ve been around for 103 years, and we want to make certain we’re around for another 103 years,” states Carmine DiCenso, executive director of the Providence Animal Rescue League.

By Jean Cohoon / March 16, 2016
“Education and the arts have always been at the core of what we do and what we support,” say Martha and Todd Moore of the new donor advised fund they have established.

Sr. Ann Keefe / CityArts Creativity and Social Justice Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 14, 2016
“CityArts (is) about changing children's hearts and giving them a new view of what life can be. And it's about social change. For when you change children's hearts, our hearts get changed too, and the quality of life in neighborhoods is improved.” - the late Sr. Ann Keefe (Photo courtesy of Corey Hendrickson)

Thank you, volunteer advisors!
By Jean Cohoon / March 11, 2016
Scores of community members assist the Foundation each year with the many facets of our work in meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island.

By Jean Cohoon / March 9, 2016
“He was a good man, a generous man. We enjoyed going out for dinner every Saturday night,” Anthony Smyk says of his friend, Anthony Vincent, who died in the fall of 2014 at age 73.

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 7, 2016
“We want to be the best possible entity we can be for the state. It’s part of making sure Rhode Island is as great as it can be. It all adds up to a thriving community,” states the Philharmonic's David Beauchesne.

Alice Williams Roe-Grenier Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 4, 2016
“Cranston has always been home for Alice, and she was immensely proud of her city,” her granddaughter, Kelly Grenier Riley, states.

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