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Warren Land Conservation Trust Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 14, 2017
"We’re eager to make our properties accessible to the public and are committed to developing trails on amenable land." - Mike Gerhardt, WLCT President

A taxing time on tap for philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / December 13, 2017
We're joining with U.S. Senator Jack Reed and the United Way of Rhode Island to warn that the federal tax bills could negatively impact the ability of local nonprofits to provide needed services like food assistance, health care, job training, and support for education and research.

Showing appreciation for our professional advisors
By Jim Sanzi / December 11, 2017
Over the years, we have had the great pleasure of working with countless professional advisors in Rhode Island who play a critical role in advising clients on charitable giving strategies. Many of those professionals serve on the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council.

Barrington Congregational Church Flex Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 7, 2017
“We’re looking ahead to how we can better serve the community." - Dick McWhirter, chair of the church’s finance ministry team

A holiday tradition of generousity
By Chris Barnett / December 6, 2017
Our Providence Journal Holiday Fund is once again accepting donations to help children and teenagers in need this holiday season.

Foster Community Libraries Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 28, 2017
The buildings that house the two libraries in the Town of Foster, the Foster Public Library and the Tyler Free Library, both were once one-room schoolhouses. From the outside, they are quaint and historic.

Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 21, 2017
"It makes me feel good knowing that my daughter’s life already has impacted hundreds of children and families, and that Gabby’s legacy will continue through these two endowed funds.” - Louise Dinsmore says of the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund and Gabrielle Dinsmore Fund in Support of the Pediatric Heart Center at Hasbro Children's Hospital

Inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal and founder of UCAP
By Chris Barnett / November 13, 2017
The inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Rhode Island Foundation was awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program.

Scott F. Viera Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 1, 2017
“Whatever he involved himself with, he was totally passionate about it. And wrestling was his passion, with sports being a prominent part of his life,” Kelli Viera says of her late husband, Scott, who died in 2008 at the age of 44.

New Urban Arts Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 25, 2017
“This endowment signals that we see ourselves as a permanent institution... (and) as essential to the health and vitality of Rhode Island." - Daniel Schleifer, executive director

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