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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.

Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion
By Chris Barnett / February 22, 2018
We are launching a new grantmaking opportunity, refining our strategic priorities, adopting impact targets and adding new staff positions to support work with partners, donors, nonprofits and community leaders.

Connecting Rhode Island manufacturers
By Lauren Paola / March 30, 2017
The manufacturing industry looks very different in Rhode Island (and across the country) today than it did in its peak due to new technologies and some relocating production overseas.

Join in for the Buy Local RI Shop Hop
By Jessica David / November 22, 2016
Join us November 22 - December 2 for the Buy Local RI Shop Hop, featuring just a few of Rhode Island’s fine retailers, eateries, and business districts.

Building the local economy
By Jessica David / November 30, 2015
I spent last Tuesday on a bus with 15 other Rhode Islanders. We visited Ocean State Job Lot in Providence, the Hope & Main food business incubator in Warren, Mission restaurant in Newport, Schartner Farms in Exeter, the shops of Wickford village, and Foolproof Brewing Company in Pawtucket. Our goal was to spread the Buy Local RI message across the state.

Buy Local RI campaign takes off
By Chris Barnett / November 24, 2015
“Buy Local RI” offers businesses and consumers a central website where merchants can market their products and services and shoppers can find locally sold products.

By Chris Barnett / July 1, 2015
More than 70 locally owned shops and restaurants will offer special discounts to customers from July 1-7. The participating businesses range from boutiques and florists to bakeries and jewelers.

Buy local to be a champion for Rhode Island’s economy
By Jessica David / December 1, 2014
Buying local supports good jobs, keeps money in the Rhode Island economy longer, and strengthens our economic and tax base.

Make It Happen RI, two years later
By Jessica David / September 8, 2014
Two years ago today, we gathered with 300 business and community leaders at the Rhode Island Convention Center for Make It Happen RI. Our goal was to generate new ideas and specific action steps for improving Rhode Island’s economy. We are frequently asked, so what happened?, and the two-year mark seems like a good chance to reflect.

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