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$300,000 fellowships target civic engagement
By Chris Barnett / April 13, 2017
Two local women are the recipients of this year’s Rhode Island Innovation Fellowships. Donna Childs and Ditra Edwards were chosen from nearly 200 applicants to receive $300,000 over three years to pursue their proposals for improving civic engagement.

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.

Celebrating the 2016 Innovation Fellow – Ray Two Hawks Watson
By Jessica David / April 14, 2016
“Ray has an impressive strategy for creating change and addressing the challenges our state faces by focusing on our greatest natural resource – our people,” said our Neil Steinberg.

By Chris Barnett / July 31, 2015
RI Innovation Fellowship recipient Dr. Lynn Taylor is collaborating with Waterfire to offer free, confidential screenings for the deadly, silent disease.

'Behind every proposal is a passionate, creative, positive advocate'
By Jessica David / April 16, 2015
We are excited to announce the 2015 Rhode Island Innovation Fellows, John Haley and the team of Daniel Kamil and Emily Steffian.

$300,000 Fellowships will spur innovation
By Chris Barnett / April 15, 2015
The proposals will jumpstart the state's shellfishing industry and enhance RI's reputation as a regional arts center.

Tell us your bold idea for Rhode Island
By Jessica David / December 5, 2014
Submit your application by December 12 to receive $300,000 over three years.

Hep C taking spotlight at Waterfire
By Chris Barnett / July 25, 2014
A statewide campaign to eliminate hepatitis C in Rhode Island will offer people free, confidential screenings at Waterfire this Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. on the College Street Bridge.

Lynn Taylor is helping RI defeat Hep C
By Jessica David / May 21, 2014
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, so it seems appropriate to catch you up on the work of Lynn E. Taylor, MD, 2013 Rhode Island Innovation Fellow.

2014 Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship photos!
By Lauren Paola / April 18, 2014
Over 160 guests gathered at Roger Williams Park Casino to celebrate the 2014 Rhode Island Innovation Fellows.

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