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Chris Barnett
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$480,000 in seed funding awarded for medical research
By Chris Barnett / June 21, 2016
Due to the generosity of our visionary donors, we are able to award important early funding to local researchers working to advance medical breakthroughs.

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.

Metcalf Fund lets students pursue their dreams
By Chris Barnett / June 10, 2016
These fellowships enable recipients to broaden their perspectives and to enhance personal growth. The recipients were selected based on the clarity of their application and their thoughtfulness, creativity, motivation, self-direction, initiative and financial need.

Making the world a smaller place
By Chris Barnett / June 9, 2016
Our Beatrice S. Demers Fund will send 17 University of Rhode Island overseas for travel and academic enrichment.

Nonprofits receive $71,000 to serve Barrington residents
By Chris Barnett / May 25, 2016
Our Barrington District Nursing Association Fund awards $71,000 in grants to serve Barrington residents

$35,000 available to Jewish groups
By Chris Barnett / May 24, 2016
Our Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund funds proposals that develop connections between the Jewish community and greater Rhode Island, deepen the understanding of Jewish life and culture through scholarship and historic preservation or provide for basic human needs such as food and housing.

Eight groups receive nearly $300,000 to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / April 29, 2016
Developing an inclusive primary care system that promotes healthy lives is one of our core strategic initiatives. These grants will advance our continuing efforts to make quality health care more accessible and affordable.

Celebrating our Centennial with $500,000 in grants for community-building across RI
By Chris Barnett / April 27, 2016
We award Centennial Community Grants in all 39 cities and towns. The program is just one in a series of activities to mark our 100th anniversary this year.

Working Cities Challenge offers resources to our communities
By Chris Barnett / April 19, 2016
The Working Cities Challenge will help build your ability to work together across sectors over a sustained period with a comprehensive vision. Winning initiatives will receive $300,000-$500,000 over three years, along with coaching, capacity-building, and research and data analysis support.

Ray Two Hawks Watson receives 2016 Innovation Fellowship
By Chris Barnett / April 13, 2016
The Providence resident will receive $300,000 over three years to launch an initiative designed to expand multi-cultural tourism and improve cultural cohesion. The Fellowship is made possible through the vision and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

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