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Evaluation guides improvements to new program
By Katie Murray / March 2, 2018
Foster Forward used formative evaluation – led by external researchers – to help refine and improve their youth employment program, Works Wonders.

Helping Rhode Island children find homes
By Chris Barnett / January 23, 2018
Hundreds of children in state care need safe, stable foster homes. That’s why we’re joining with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to support a new initiative that will speed the certification of prospective foster families.

Addressing alarming increase in  hunger
By Chris Barnett / December 26, 2017
Sparked by a recent report that hunger is at a 10-year high in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Foundation announced a $100,000 donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and challenged Rhode Islanders to pitch in during this time of extraordinary need.

Paying a visit to our grantees in the Blackstone River Valley
By Connie Grosch / November 16, 2017
Late last month, our Neil Steinberg spent time with a few of our grantees in the Blackstone River Valley to learn more about their work.

A journey to self-sufficiency
By Connie Grosch / October 13, 2017
Lucy’s Hearth was established in 1984 as a night-to-night shelter for homeless women and children of Aquidneck Island. Over the years, it has morphed into so much more – expanding its focus to help families live independently by gaining the life skills necessary to prevent future homelessness.

Feeding those who need help during difficult times
By Connie Grosch / September 29, 2017
“If anyone doubts that there are households struggling in South County, they should come and visit us because it’s very clear to us that it’s a big problem in our area,” said Kate Brewster, Executive Director of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale.

FabNewport: Making a Difference
By Chris Barnett / September 11, 2017
FabNewport gives kids "a chance to play with materials, tools and machines with the support of expert coaching, a chance to learn at their own pace while surrounded with possibility."

Combatting the “summer slide”
By Lisa DiMartino / July 11, 2017
Learn about three programs the Foundation is supporting to help Rhode Island youth combat summer learning loss.

Ensuring young lives stay healthy
By Larry Warner / May 30, 2017
Grants to Hasbro Children’s Hospital will encourage delivery in new, creative ways. And that will make a significant difference in the lives of some of the state’s most vulnerable children – foster children and children with vision-related impairments.

A holiday tradition of generosity
By Chris Barnett / November 30, 2016
Since the Providence Journal opened the fund with us in 2014, thousands of children have received gifts thanks to the generosity of its print and digital readers, building on a tradition that dates back to when the paper launched what was then called the Santa Fund in 1924.

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