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New ways to tackle big challenges
By Jessica David / September 7, 2016
Twenty Rhode Islanders from across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors recently participated in the Rhode Island Foundation-sponsored RISD Institute for Design and Public Policy to learn new ways to tackle big challenges.

Grants to serve Latino community are available
By Chris Barnett / September 6, 2016
Nonprofit organizations have until Sept. 30 to apply for grants that serve the Latino community through the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

George H. Bond and Mary K. Bond Fund
By Jean Cohoon / September 1, 2016
“They had a strong desire to leave a legacy in Rhode Island," says Nancy Bond of her late parents. Through this fund, they forever will support two places that were very special to them, as well as arts and culture.

Coming this fall: learning opportunities for nonprofit staff and board members
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / August 30, 2016
We are excited to announce our lineup of fall programs that provides learning opportunities for nonprofit staff and board members.

RI's food sector continues to bloom
By Jenny Pereira / August 26, 2016
This is an exciting time in the development of Rhode Island’s food policy and an opportunity to encourage private-public collaborations that can move our food system forward – toward economic growth, improved health outcomes, and a more sustainable future.

Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 25, 2016
The Friends assist with wildlife and habitat preservation at the five National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island, which comprise approximately 2,400 protected acres.

Building community with music in the Park
By Chris Barnett / August 23, 2016
Nearly 5,000 people joined us at Roger Williams Park to celebrate our Centennial with a concert by the Rhode Island Philharmonic. It was a wonderful celebration of our 100th anniversary – bringing together one of our state’s cultural treasurers, one of our best-loved places, and many, many members of the community.

Offering grants to empower RI's Black community
By Chris Barnett / August 17, 2016
Nonprofit organizations that serve the African-American community have until Sept. 15 to apply for grants from the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI).

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island Veterans Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 16, 2016
“We provide veterans with a hand up, not a hand out,” states Erik Wallin, executive director of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI), in explaining the organization’s wide-range of services.

Nonprofits receive $18.2 million in first half of 2016
By Chris Barnett / August 15, 2016
We awarded $18.2 million in grants to fund hundreds of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state in the first half of 2016

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