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Plugging into the community
By Chris Barnett / July 21, 2017
We award a $15,000 Centennial Community Grant to the City of Newport to create the “Plug Park,” a temporary stop for people looking to recharge themselves or their electronic devices.

Marker trail points the way to the future for fishing industry
By Chris Barnett / June 2, 2017
Our grant enables the commercial fishing community of Galilee to create a new walking trail featuring 10 interpretive sign panels that promote the local seafood industry.

Community is alive and well in Roger Williams Park
By Lauren Paola / May 1, 2017
On April 22, over 150 volunteers joined the Roger Williams Park Conservancy for the City of Providence’s Annual Earth Day Clean Up at Roger Williams Park.

Markers celebrate community history
By Chris Barnett / April 24, 2017
Funded with our Centennial Community Grant, the first marker in Cranston's historical tour tells the tale of Spragueville.

Restoring Roger Williams Park
By Chris Barnett / December 8, 2016
We have raised more than $7.8 million to restore Roger Williams Park. Work has already been completed on the historic Bandstand.

Ceramic tiles capture the spirit of one community
By Chris Barnett / October 4, 2016
Four different panels were created; each depicting colorful scenes of town life like playgrounds and boating. These panels will welcome visitors to Jamiel’s Park, a 13-acre waterfront park in the heart of downtown.

Iconic Rocky Point arch unveiled – with fresh paint
By Connie Grosch / September 27, 2016
The rust and graffiti has been replaced with a fresh coat of white paint thanks to one of our Centennial Community Grants.

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.

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 treasures, one of our best-loved places, and many, many members of the community.

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.

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