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Valley Breeze Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 17, 2017
The Valley Breeze Scholarship will be awarded annually, beginning in 2018, to one graduating senior at Cumberland High School and one at Mount Saint Charles Academy.

Community foundations unite to share advice about philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / June 29, 2017
We are a cross-section of the United States. We represent a range of nonprofits, and every political views from in this country across the political spectrum. We have practical ideas about how to help our neighbors, now and in lasting ways.

Celebrating a year of community
By Chris Barnett / May 25, 2017
Hundreds of community and business leaders, donors, grant recipients, and other partners gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 24 for our 2017 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what our President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg told them.

Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment
By Jean Cohoon / April 28, 2017
“We want to recognize people or entities in Rhode Island who are doing things to improve life for the citizens of Rhode Island." - Paula (Murray) McNamara

Nancy W. Jencks Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 6, 2017
The Community Scholarship Fund of Barrington and Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island will receive support in perpetuity as the late Nancy Jencks directed through plans she made with the Rhode Island Foundation in 1992.

Estise Mauran Museum Concerts Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 28, 2017
“It is now more important than ever to bring to life the music of past centuries, performed by adept and informed musicians in intimate, exclusive places.” - L. Frederick Jodry, V, president, Museum Concerts of Rhode Island

Frederick B. Wilcox Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 21, 2017
Frederick B. Wilcox's "way with investments" and careful stewarding through the years by his daughter, Nancy Mattis, has resulted in the largest unrestricted gift to the Foundation in our 100-year-history.

Providence Female Charitable Society Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 13, 2017
For more than 200 years, members of the society have worked to fulfill the organization’s mission of supporting “indigent women and their children” in Rhode Island.

Edward J. and Gloria M. Barlow Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 10, 2017
When Ed and Gloria Barlow were invited to an event at the Roger Williams Casino by a member of the Rhode Island Foundation over twenty years ago, they immediately knew they would be channeling their legacy through the Foundation.

Sargent Rehabilitation Center Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 30, 2017
Established in 1917 as the Providence School of Lipreading, Sargent has expanded its services through the decades and now provides a full range of rehabilitation services to children and adults through its pediatric, neuro rehabilitation, and hearing center programs.

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