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Grants fund programs for Latino community
By Chris Barnett / February 15, 2018
Eleven nonprofit organizations that serve the Latino community will receive grants through our Juanita Sánchez Community Fund. The programs range from mentoring and after-school activities to ESL classes and scholarships.

Three RI composers win $25,000 fellowships
By Chris Barnett / February 13, 2018
Jeff Prystowsky, Jacob Richman and Kirsten Volness will receive $25,000 grants from our Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund. They are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached grants available to composers in the United States.

Carter Roger Williams Initiative offers scholarships
By Chris Barnett / February 5, 2018
High school seniors have until Feb. 12 to apply for up to $80,000 each in college scholarships through its Carter Roger Williams Initiative at the Rhode Island Foundation. Conceived of and funded by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter, the program honors the principles of the state’s founding father.

Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund empowers RI's Black community
By Chris Barnett / January 31, 2018
To mark Black History Month, our Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund awards more than $130,000 in grants and scholarships to empower the community.

Barrington District Nursing Association Fund offers grants
By Chris Barnett / January 31, 2018
Nonprofits that provide health care, counseling or basic human needs such as food or shelter to Barrington residents have until Feb. 9 to apply for grants.

$265,000 in grants available to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / January 23, 2018
Our fund is focused on addressing the unique needs of the people in these communities. Collaborating with partners that have deep roots here gives us the resources and context to address local priorities.

Jennifer Reid promoted to CFO
By Chris Barnett / January 12, 2018
Jennifer Reid has been promoted to vice president of finance and chief financial officer at the Rhode Island Foundation. In her new role, Reid directs the finance, accounting, budgeting and investment functions for the state’s largest community foundation.

Former NY Times Co. CEO named to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / January 5, 2018
As President and CEO of The New York Times Company, Janet Robinson was responsible for all of the company’s business operations, including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 16 regional newspapers and all corresponding digital properties, radio and television stations, digital acquisitions, distribution operations and newsprint manufacturing holdings.

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.

Jan. 12 is deadline to apply for Metcalf Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / December 21, 2017
Students can received up to $7,000 to pursue self-designed enrichment projects that include travel. Past recipients have performed at a classical music festival in Rome, done a medical internship in Tanzania and volunteered at a Costa Rican orphanage.

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