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Building the local economy
By Jessica David / November 30, 2015
I spent last Tuesday on a bus with 15 other Rhode Islanders. We visited Ocean State Job Lot in Providence, the Hope & Main food business incubator in Warren, Mission restaurant in Newport, Schartner Farms in Exeter, the shops of Wickford village, and Foolproof Brewing Company in Pawtucket. Our goal was to spread the Buy Local RI message across the state.

Buy Local RI campaign takes off
By Chris Barnett / November 24, 2015
“Buy Local RI” offers businesses and consumers a central website where merchants can market their products and services and shoppers can find locally sold products.

Sojourner House Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 20, 2015
“We believe that no one deserves violence in a relationship,” are the bold words on the website of Sojourner House, an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and their children.

Types of Evaluation: Which is right for you?
By / November 19, 2015
Because evaluation is so specific to a context, issue, or question, the approach you take to evaluating a particular program or set of activities will vary according to your needs.

Third quarter grants benefit Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly
By Jenny Pereira / November 18, 2015
Our grantmaking continued in the third quarter with more than $7 million awarded to organizations serving Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly…and all our state’s cities and towns in-between.

Herbert S. Galkin Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 13, 2015
When David and Harris Galkin and Paula Wasser think of their father, three things come to mind: his love of family, his dedication to work, and his passion for boating.

Building the board your organization deserves
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / November 12, 2015
The most essential factor for any high performing board is the unanimous decision that this is how the board will operate.

John and Sheila Martin Professional Development Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 10, 2015
“Teaching character and giving students a sense of a moral compass was important to him,” Norman “Sandy” McCulloch says of John Martin, who served as headmaster at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington from 1996 until 2015. (Photo courtesy East Bay Newspapers)

Facilitating cross-sector thinking
By Jessica David / November 10, 2015
The Civic Leadership Fund Cross-sector Community Conversation spotlights the work of our partners and grantees while facilitating cross-sector thinking and dialogue.

Animal welfare groups awarded nearly $500,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / November 6, 2015
PAW funds organizations that promote and provide humane treatment of animals or work more generally on the welfare of animals. Grants are for projects or programs that have a positive impact statewide or in individual communities with regard to animal care, education about the humane treatment of animals and animal welfare in general.

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