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Transforming Healthcare: Part II
By Larry Warner / November 2, 2016
Among the strategies employed by the Rhode Island Foundation to improve access to and quality of primary care is to “identify, test and spread innovative new approaches to health care”.

Working on solutions to the skills gap
By Jessica David / October 31, 2016
The Genesis Center will use our grant to increase education and training services that provide a 'bridge' to help unemployed and underemployed Rhode Islanders overcome the skills gap.

Committed to philanthropy
By Jim Sanzi / October 27, 2016
Celebrating our 1916 Society donors for their deep commitment to philanthropy and civic engagement.

Adams Public Library Endowment Fund and Adams Public Library Flexible Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 26, 2016
Supporters of the Adams Public Library in Central Falls include the rich and famous – Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep, and Viola Davis, among others – as well as hundreds of lesser-known individuals including Stephen L. Adams, Lysander Flagg, and Raymond M. Rivard.

Dec. 16 is deadline to apply for $300,000 Innovation Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / October 24, 2016
Rhode Islanders have until Dec. 16 to apply for $300,000 grants to develop, test and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically move Rhode Island forward. This year, our Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship program focuses on proposals that increase or improve civic engagement.

Guiding clients to and through retirement
By Jim Sanzi / October 21, 2016
Partnering with Washington Trust, we share estate planning news and advice with professional advisors at Wealth Planning Round Table 2016.

New college scholarship fund and statewide educational program honors Roger Williams
By Chris Barnett / October 19, 2016
Philanthropists Letitia and John Carter see the Roger Williams Initiative as promoting a set of living ideals for today's Rhode Islanders

Lisa DiMartino named strategic initiatives officer for the Education sector
By Chris Barnett / October 17, 2016
Last year, the Foundation awarded $8.9 million in grants for education, supporting initiatives such as the Central Falls School Department’s We Are a Village program, the Highlander Charter School’s Center for Blended Learning and Teach For America, Rhode Island.

Kenneth J. and Hannah E. Dorney Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 13, 2016
Throughout their 57 years of marriage, the late Kenneth and Hannah Dorney were devoted to their church and to local Masonic organizations. Now, their names will forever be linked to the organizations around which they built their lives together.

Building a new model for community health
By Chris Barnett / October 12, 2016
A new model for community health care is coming to Central Falls. Blackstone Valley Community Health Care is building a $15 million Neighborhood Health Station on land directly behind the existing Notre Dame Express Health Care building at 1000 Broad St.

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